On September 27, 2012
Jewelry design evolves from exactly two things: Idea and Technique. I personally find Idea the more difficult of the two, so we’ll leave that quietly in its corner for now. Impudent children, those ideas of ours! So we’ll turn our attention towards Technique for now, at least until I’m bored or you’re bored and we’re both mutually basking in the soft glow and subtle warmth of our brains melting into a single pool of energy at our feet.
Now, I’m often asked, when questioned about my process, how I get started, and my answer is usually (and simply put) “With a weave”. But don’t get too excited. This isn’t a how-to for the pendant pictured. However, I felt it was a good example of types of weave, how they are implemented and how they compliment one another in a single design, which are all things derived from the skills learned in “Types of Weave: Introductory Instruction Part Two”.
This tutorial (please note this is not the free Tuesday Treasure Hunt Tutorial) was simply too involved to include in-post, so you can find it nestled on its own page, with seventeen glorious pages of images and written direction, all in a single free PDF download. It includes three two-wire weaves, a three, four and five-wire weave, though don’t feel confined! I hope you’ll muster up the courage to experiment, have fun, try the three and five-wire weaves with four, six, ten wires! Shape the weaves, practice, gain a real understanding of how the wires move in relation to one another, how they move in relation to a design, and how the fit your style, whether emerging or established.
Feel free to share this tutorial with others and spread the creative love. I only ask for a bit of kindness in return. A gentle wink wink nudge nudge in my general direction (or, you know, in the form of some intimate link love) is always appreciated.
Most importantly, have fun and happy weaving!
On September 23, 2012
Creating wire-wrapped dangles is one of the hallmarks of wire jewelry, and exemplifies an easy element used to embellish ear wires, chains, pendants and earrings. In the instruction provided here, the focus is on tear drop or briolette beads, top-drilled, but the same techniques can be applied to round, center-hole beads, for creating chain links and even head pins.
What you will need:
With this free tutorial … please note, this is not the free Tuesday Treasure Hunt Tutorial), you’ve got yourself an endless supply of embellishments that are easy, quick, adding instant flash, fire and fun to any piece of jewelry. Add multiple dangles to a single jump ring and apply the ring to a chain for a pendant. Attach the chain to an ear wire you have daring dangles for every occasion. I hope you have fun experimenting with the options and alternatives and look forward to expressing yourself with wire in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below!
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