Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wire Wrap Tutorial Part 2

Hey again all you creative beauties. Thanks for hanging in there for part 2 :) Were you brave enough to start wrapping? Maybe printed it off for later reference? (like I tend to do) My mum ( the Baroness) said she printed it off and hung it on the fridge! WOOHOO my artwork is still on the family art gallery :)

I left off with finishing the weave that cages the focal piece. Let's tighten that weave up by gently pinching the double coils along each of the frames. This will help even out the spacing between the coils.
Bail and Embellishments
1. Remove the tape (or clamps) clean any tape residue.
2.Bend the two center wires straight up at the 'V; junction
3.With the front of the piece facing you, bend the front center wire toward you so it's now at a 90 degree angle from the piece.
4. Coil that wire around the base of the standing wire3 times. Snip, and tuck. You might have to file the end to smooth .

5. measure to four side tails to the same length, mark and snip so they are all the same.
6. Using the tip of your round nose pliers make a tiny loop facing downwards in the end of each of the 4 tails.
7. to form the swirl hold the loop (gently) in your chain/bent nose pliers and bend the wire around. Don't use the pliers to move the swirl (might leave marks) use the pliers only to hold, and use your fingers to bend. Finish all 4 swirls, and push to place them where you want them.
8.To make the bail for the chain, bend the last standing wire towards you at a 90 degree angle at the base of the coil. grasp that point with your round nose pliers and wrap the wire away from you to form the loop.

9. Keep holding the loop with the pliers and coil that tail around the top of the other coil once.Use the chain or bent nose pliers to pinch all 4 coils together. Then we are going to make another swirl with that tail, and push it down on the front in front of the coil on the bail.

So now what to you do with an UGLY spot? Small scratch/chip/weird drill spot on the focal? You can cover with further embellishments. Personally I won't sell this piece because the of the (big) ugly spot, but it was handy to use for this tutorial. To cover the ugly spot I made an 'S' shape swirl. Same process as above. Cut a 4 inch piece of the 20g wire and make the small loops at each end. One pointed up one pointed down. Then I loosened the very outer row on each swirl to be able to use the 24g wire to wrap it to the inner frame to cover the ugly spot. I did 3 wraps around each connection point, and snipped and tucked the ends.
Okay guys, that's it! :) If you try this out I would love to see your versions. Feel free to post pics on my facebook page or link here in the comments. I would love any feedback or questions you may have. Good luck!
Bright Creative Blessings, Theresa ♥

17 comments:

Baroness Bijoutery said...

Awesome...this will go on the Fridge right along with you other "Art Work". Great tutorial...

Jasmine said...

Thank you! I think I will try this out on some pretty pebbles from the beach. We live underneath a mountain that was mined for copper, gold, jasper etc so we get some pretty finds around here. I will send you a picture when I find the right wire etc.

The Beading Gem said...

Awesome tutorial! Every step well explained and illustrated. Thanks for sharing. I hope to bring you a greater blog audience when I link in a future blog post. Pearl

Gin said...

This is wonderful! I'm saving it for later. :) Thank you for this.

Gin

Flight Fancy said...

Thanks, ladies :) I appreciate the feedback big time! If any of you try it out please send a picture so we can show it off!

Diane MacNaughtan * Dianie Mac * said...

WoW! Now that is ART! I love what you create. I keep looking at your tutorial and wonder if I can conjure up the nerve to try something new.I will have to give it a try;)
Thanks for sharing.

~Diane
P.S. Hope your boys love those turtle burgers :)

M.M.E. said...

Wow! I've never attempted that before but it was such fun to see it step-by-step! Your work is truly gorgeous.

Jewel Parlour said...

Thanks for sharing Theresa! It's a wonderful tutorial, very detailed and clear, and your design is fantastic, makes me want to try it out! ~ Michelle

Anika Sweetfaced Style said...

love this post!I am always designing my clothes and interiour, and creating jewllery is next on my list, so thanks for this :)

am following you now :)

welcome to enjoy and follow at www.sweetfacedstyle.blogspot.com

<3 Anika

Lisa Ladrido said...

That is beautiful! Thank you for posting your links on my page on Facebook, your newest follower!~Lisa

I am all a twitter about life

Jo said...

Just flew over here after noticing that you are now following my blog. And wow!! Forgive me, I'm a little 'lost for words' right now. So beautiful and inspiring!! Completely entranced by your generous tutorials. Thank you soooo much!!
Following in return and will definitely be visiting often lol!
Hugs xxx

baukje said...

Lovely result but not for me to make. I prefer knitting and sewing......

Blue Dragon Arts said...

that is stunningly beautiful!

Blue Dragon Arts said...

WOW, stunning piece of work.

Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous! my mom does jewelry and some wire wrapping I'm going to send her a link to your blog, I know she'll love it!

CousinCorp said...

Saw this great tutorial this morning and had to share on our FB page! Thanks so much for making such a wonderful teaching tool :-)

Regina Codreanu said...

Hi .. Thank you for sharing such beautiful work ... congratulations!