Labradorite Wire Wrap Pendant

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

My latest wire wrap piece, a wire wrapped labradorite gemstone with SP spacer beads. I love, love, love labradorite, it’s a gemstone I’d never heard of until last year and it has to be one of my fav semi-precious gemstones. The piccie doesn’t do the stone any justice, labradorite has this beautiful eye catching labradorescence which basically means when light hits the stone it can have a wonderful play of colour including blue, green, yellow, violet, red and orange, this stone has wonderful flashes of blue. 

 

I’m off to check out my Tool Magic results, Tool Magic is a product to use on your pliers to prevent marks and damage to your wire. As I’m still learning wirework I use mainly silver plated, gold plated or coloured copper, I also have some bare copper wire for oxidising, and I can be a bit heavy handed and take some of the plating or colour off at times. I’m hoping the Tool Magic will help with the problem, I’ll let you know how I get on.

 

 

 

 

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Fancy Stripe Jasper & Coffee Agate Pendant

 

Well my carpal tunnel is giving me a little jip at the moment so have to be sensible and rest the wrists, it’s not the weaving that gives me a problem it’s the gripping of the piece that seems to be the problem!! Anyway, I’ve been continuing with my pendant wire wrapping and this is my latest creation a fancy stripe jasper oval bead wire wrapped with antique bronze wire and coffee agate bead, as an accent. I was a little too generous with the wire for the structure and nearly took my eye out a few times, thank goodness I wear glasses 🙂 Much happier with this piece compared to earlier attempts, which you can see in my Wire Play Day blog post.

 

Caged Pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A pendant I completed yesterday evening, made using Antique Bronze coloured copper wire in 0.8mm & 0.4mm and a 14mm orange crazy agate faceted round bead. The caged pendant technique was from Laura Binding’s Wirework DVD Edition 3. I had a heck of time binding the 8 wires together at the top of the pendant, Laura does say it’s the trickiest part of the technique and she wasn’t joking, but got there eventually and am quite pleased with how it’s turned out. The bead does swivel in the cage which is great for me coz I’m one of those people who likes to fiddle with their jewellery.

 

Wire play day!!

 

 

Had a wire play day yesterday, wire wrapping is not a difficult technique but it is a technique that can only be learned with practice, practice and more practice. I now have a nice stash of wire, coloured copper and bare copper, so I can just sit and play around and experiment without thinking if I ruin this wire I’ve wasted the wire and my time. I don’t like wasting wire but even if I don’t like the finished result it hasn’t been totally disastrous because I’ve learned from the whole exercise. I’ve used a number of tutorials on the web and also have some DVDs and books on wirework and have found them really useful for learning techniques but I want to move on and make my own designs. The pendants above are the result of playing around, I didn’t  have a fixed idea about how I wanted the pieces to look, I just wrapped, wove, twirled and coiled and whilst I’m not thrilled with the end pieces I’ve had fun making them and learned more about wirework.

The copper wire pendant doesn’t looked great to me but it won’t be going in the scrap pile just yet, I’m going to have a play with, my recently purchased, Swellegant patinas and I’ll post the results when I’m done!!

The wire wrapped stone I’m just not loving it so I will be taking it apart and trying again.

Wire wrap charm ring

 

More from the BD-i Tiaramaking design team pack, this time a wire wrap ring using the 0.6mm silver plated wire and various beads from the BD-i bead range. These are very simple to make you take a generous piece of wire and find the centre and make a loop, then make loops on each side of the centre loop, place onto a ring mandrel and wrap around the mandrel so the wires are top and bottom of the loops and repeat,remove from the mandrel keeping the wires flat and in order and wrap the remaining wire on each side around the wire bands to create the ring shank. Using headpins or wire, slide on a bead(s) and create a loop before finishing the wrapped loop, slip onto one of the ring loops and then finished the wrapped loop. Add as many wrapped beads to the ring as you like 🙂