Aug 5, 2010
Free Jewelry Making Project from Bead Chic Week #1
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This is the first of four free projects I'll be sharing from my new book Bead Chic. For photo step by steps, you'll need to get a copy of the book. It's a really great book, trust me. There are 15 gorgeous variation projects from 13 well known designers in the craft and jewelry making industry and a lot of variety in terms of style and techniques. I give you a bit of everything, including stringing, exposed wire weaving, wire wrapping, metal stamping and hammering, making your own findings...but the focus of the book is on design. You'll explore how you take a design that inspires your creativity and make it your own through small changes in color, scale, pattern, texture, focal elements and foundations.
This is the project we did at my Beadalon make it and take its at CHA and it's very easy and satisfying. I don't know why, but to me, taking some wire and bending, coiling and hammering it into a pair of earrings never fails to blow my mind. It's just a copper wire, until you forge it into something fabulous. Like every project in the book, this is all about making it your own, so think about what you might change to make this project suit your design style.
Copyright Margot Potter
When coiling wire around a jump ring maker tool I pulled the coil off and gently tugged it apart and got these great little curlicues! They add just the right touch of whimsy to simple hammered copper earrings. You can take this idea so many places...so what are you waiting for?!
20 gauge copper Artistic Wire
Jump ring maker tool with ¼” dowel
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Mini anvil or steel bench block
Bench block pad
(Tools and materials courtesy Beadalon)
1. Cut off a 3” segment of wire. Round over a large dowel or use fingers to create a hoop shape.
2. Create a small loop at one end of the wire.
3. Bend the other end up at a 90 degree angle.
4. Use rounded end of hammer on a mini anvil to add texture to both sides of your ear wires.
5. Adjust shape after hammering.
6. Wrap wire around a jump ring maker with a ¼” dowel.
7. Remove coil and gently pull apart.
8. Move down every four coils and cut off coiled segments.
9. Use round nose pliers to make a small loop in one end and a larger loop in the opposite end. Make fourteen coils.
10. Thread larger end of 7 looped wires on earring. (Be sure coils are all facing the same direction.) Repeat for second earring.