Free Wire Wrapping Tutorial - How To Make A Copper Pendant  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I wrote a few days ago a free wire wrapping tutorial on making the pendant above, which looks at the overall process rather than the step by step view of creating the loop or balling up the wires. There are so many free tutorials on those easy aspects that I decided that my tutorial will be of a different kind.

Basically the whole idea started with a discussion with a customer who bought one of my pendants and asked me a few questions on how I did it, and what was my thought process and what makes these kinds of designs different from the fashion jewelry you find in cheap shops.

A seasoned wire wrapper will find this tutorial easy, but hopefully will find a few tips here and there. However I think this tutorial will also benefit anyone who likes to buy jewelry, or who is interested in making some but without knowing what it all entails, or any jewelry artist who is used to work from tutorials but has no idea how to start something completely from scratch - regardless of the actual design.

Here is the link, it's free on the site, there is nothing to sign up for or anything, simply click through and read it and see the many screenshots.

Please let me know if you find it interesting - either in this Comments section or in the Guestbook of the sitew here I put the tutorial - it's free for anyone to comment.

Wire wrapping tutorial on making a pendant

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YOJ Project 2013 Week 23 - Twin Hearts  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I've skipped the last week's YOJ project, which was about twins, so I made now this pendant to catch up. It's about twin hearts. It's in my series of 'going back to basics' where I'm practicing symmetrical scrolls and wraps. When learning to make jewelry I've kind of skipped this step and I know that I'm lacking in this department, so with these simpler pieces I'm focusing more on 'getting it right'.

Here are a few pictures that I took from this piece. It's so amazing how different it looks under various lighting conditions.

Inspiration for this piece was Jodi Bombardier's set of earrings from her latest book (also mentioned in my previous post).

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June Synchroblog - Pinterest Project And YOJ 2013 Week 24  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This post will be about a simple pendant that I made to fit two different projects: the June Synchroblog, which this month is about something that inspired us on Pinterest, and also about the Week 24 of the YOJ project 2014.

I've kind of lost my mojo the last week or so, I didn't feel like making jewelry at all. I guess we all go through  those uninspired times, and I'm right now in one of them.

But I knew I have to do something for the two projects, so I made this basic pendant with a dyed turquoise bead.

First starting with the Synchroblog project, a group of artists who blog every month about something specific. I've linked the project here, so you can read more about it, if interested.

As to this month's Pinterest inspiration, I saw this particular pin of a lovely copper pendant with a dyed turquoise, when I remembered I have somewhere one of these dyed beads as well.

As for the YOJ project week 24, the entries are about Commitment. So with this simple pendant I'm committing to go back to basics of making jewelry. I've been doing all sorts of rather complex things, but I can't for the life of me two two identical shapes. So having bought just now Jodi Bombardier's new book called Artisan Filigree and started working through the first project. There are tons of beautiful filigree shapes that can really get me up to speed with these types of scrolls and weaves, so I'l work through each of the projects in the book.

So here are a few photos of the piece I made with copper and dyed turquoise bead that I had at home.

Finally, let me end with the links to the other Synchroblog members so that if you're into blog hopping, you can check them out as well. I know I will.

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YOJ 2013 - Week 22 - Sponge Coral Pendant  

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Here is my entry for week 22 of the YOJ 2013 - and yes I skipped for now week 21 because it was about cuffs and I don't really do them. I might come back to it at a later time.

For now the topic was circles, squares and triangles, so I entered the new pendant based on Nicole Hanna's egg pendant tutorial because it has plenty of swirls and circles. I think this is my favorite of all Nicole's tutorials, it's versatile, not as difficult as I initially thought and you can really make some beautiful things with it.

The bead is sponge coral and I think it goes well with the copper wire. The whole piece is a bit short of 3 cm.

Here are a few pictures that I took this morning. I added to it a black cord for the last picture only, just to see how it looks like hanging.

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