Several of my students ask... "how do I get better?" and while we all know that it takes PRACTICE, patience and creative experimentation, there's something important I'd like to share with you...
There's no such thing as a 'bad' or 'dumb' question... no such thing in a Perfectly Twisted world anyway. Questions are a key to getting better. When I was a 'newbie' to wire wrapping and jewelry making, I purchased tutorials, I attended classes and I YouTubed until the cows went home.
But what helped me most was to learn that most good artists who are sharing and teaching their work don't mind if you ask! I love sharing my tips with you, I love helping you challenge yourself and I love to see you grow and be excited in yourself and your wire work.
Take a class!
I took classes from very good teachers. I practiced and I'm still grateful that I was made comfortable to ask questions and learn with a bright heart. My teachers, online and live, were generous and warm, welcoming and helpful. I appreciate them and love being the same for my students. <3
Updated 3.10.2023 ... I made a free video for this wire weaved channel setting. :D
Here's the link, enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sugw-FO4Ow&t=1760s
What I can tell you for sure, is that these aren't easy, so give yourself a break. ;)
Here is a quick picture tutorial of the channel setting I've just finished. I'm using four, 22g, round sterling silver base wires and about 3 feet of 28g, round sterling weaving wire. The gemstones are 4mm round facets... no holes....lots of patience.
Prepare all four 22g base wires by making them straight, then hold together slightly fanned.
Weaved 1 on 1 for approximately 1/4 inch.
Then bend the two inner frame wires, 90 degree upright.
Continue to weave but change the pattern to a figure 8 or infinity weave. Be careful to keep both frame wires separated and even while weaving. Weave a figure 8 for approximately 8mm... there will be approximately 2mm to either side of the gemstone... less if you can manage it.
Set the gemstone onto the bottom weave.
Carefully bend both inner frame wires back down and over the gemstone.
Continue to weave 1 on 1 for another 1/4 inch... repeat for as many gemstones as you are setting.
FREE ! Wire Pendant Hook / Adapter
Start with 20, 18 or 16 gauge, round, dead soft wire.
Cut 3 inches
Use a dowel and bend the wire in half, creating a small, attractive curve, suitable for your pendant bale.
Hammer the curve to harden it and flare the wire for good looks ;)
Bend the U shaped wire in half again, bringing the ends down, opposite the curved face.
The bend should leave 1/2 inch or less to hang the pendant from.
Cut the ends neatly away.
Insert your pendant through a cut end, then hand the adapter onto your favorite strand of beads and enjoy them all together!
What better than a wonderful pair of earring to make on snowy days!! I hope you enjoy!
Click to download the PDF file. These are super easy and can be made in minutes.
For Ammonite pairs that are 1/2 inch, I like to use 24 gauge, dead soft copper wires, but if the Ammonites that are larger (like pendant size), then you can also use the slightly larger 22 gauge and/or mix 22 and 20 gauge for texture!
Lithos Mineral and Fossil Shop in old town Arvada, Colorado, carries perfectly perfectly matched, cute, tiny pairs of Ammonite. Contact them here if you need. ;)
We had an amazing time at the Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar this weekend! Thank you to all of my wonderful students who completed incredible projects in Sterling Silver and Gold Fill wires! Brave, Beautiful and so much fun! Once again, I was busy teaching and didn't get many pictures, so if you have them, please send me some. <3 A huge thanks to the RMBS Board and volunteers who put their best into this show! You are all very much appreciated! The classrooms were very comfortable and my students and I had a great time!
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