I was asked on one of my previous threads to make a tutorial for wire wrapping a pendant, so I spent yesterday making one, taking pics all the way, spent some time this morning sorting the pics (although they are not all great quality, sorry) and now I'm going to write it up. If you follow along I'd love to see what you create, please share pics
the pendant isn't the best I've ever made, taking so many photos interrupted my flow, but I hope, even if you don't want to make the exact pendant, it will help you with some weaving techniques. If anything is unclear, please ask and I'll try to clarify. This is the first ever tutorial I've ever made, so apologies if it is not up to the usual Craftster standards! Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin!
First things first, this is the pendant we are going to make:
Here is everything you need tool wise to create it:
I forgot to add round nose pliers and masking tape to the photo. Hope you all know what masking tape is, these are round nose pliers:
1) Using the flush cutters cut 4 pieces of the 1mm wire, mine tend to be about 50cm (I work organically as oppose to measuring everytHong, but each piece should be able to go around the perimeter of your cabochon at least 3 times and 1 for luck
(much better than to have too much than not enough.)
2) holding one end of your wire run along each piece a few times using the nylon jaw pliers, this will straighten them. Run right from one end to the other and in same direction. Don't worry about them bring perfectly straight as they will curve a little, but get out any kinks/sharp curves.
3) lie the ends side by side on a piece of masking tape, and wrap them together with the tape. Use the nylon jaw pliers and/or your fingers to get them lying nicely side by side, they won't be straight all the way, but make sure none are overlapping each other etc.
(Saved so as not to lose progress, will carry on shortly xxx)
Ok my apologies for the delay! I'm not in the best of health and my concentration for things like this is not brilliant, so it may be written in several stages
4) find the middle of the strand (roughly, doesn't need to be precise) and making sure the 1mm wires stay side by side, wrap fairly tightly (tight enough to keep them in place, but not too tight to make them go on top of each other) with the 0.4mm wire. Make sure both ends of the 0.4 is on the same side (this will be the back) of the 1mm and that the wire on the opposite side (the front) of the 1mm is neatly next to each other. I've wrapped 6 times, but I'd say you can wrap between 4 and 8 times. Remember how many 0.4 wraps show on the front of the 1mm
5) holding the back of the 1mm wire, (where the 0.4mm wrap is) against your finger, begin to bend the wire in half. Then roughly shape it against the cabochon so that the 0.4mm wrap is in the centre at the bottom of the cabochon.
6) bend the top of the wires around the top of the cabochon, then using the flat nose pliers bend into a right angle so they are again pointing upwards, but in middle of top of cabochon and sitting next to each other. Then wrap tightly with 0.4mm wire. Don't worry about this being neat or the same amount of wraps as your other wraps, as it will either be covered up or removed. I do a lot of wraps as it holds it better
7) fit it back around the cabochon and do any extra moulding needed
take cabochon back out and turn wire frame over. Holding the wraps with your flat nose pliers fairly securely pull the single wire at the top (technically bottom but we're upside down) into the middle of the frame as flatly as possible.
9) do this all the way around, so that all 4 sections are pulled into middle. Pop cabochon back in. The back of the pendant should now look like this
And the front like so. Use your fingers to mould it again if needed
9b) move t
10) find the two wires towards the front of the top bunch and splay them slightly. Bend the rest down behind the cab to get them out of the way.
11) now we get to the fun part! Weaving
starting with your 0.4mm wire at the back of the 1mm wire, wrap 3 times round the left hand wire standing up at the top. At the third wrap as you bring the 0.4mm up through the two take it over the right hand wire and wrap 3 times, at the third wrap take it up through the two again, over the left and round three times. Make sure as you are going around the wires the 0.4mm wire sits neatly next to itself each wrap. It should now look like this:
When you have got a bit built up you can use your thumb nail to push each wrap down to the previous to keep it neat:
12) continue doing this until you have built up enough to make your bail. This is of course a matter of preference, but remember it needs to be enough to go up, round and back down again. Using your bail making pliers gently grip the top of your weaving and roll your wrist towards the front of the piece.
13) reposition the bail making pliers half way into the weaving and continue rolling towards you, until you have a nice shaped bail (mine went slightly squiffy-I blame losing the flow by stopping to take pictures!) Take the unwrapped 1mm wire end of the bail either side of the bail
14) wrap the legs round the bottom of the bail a couple of times, 1 leg in each direction, stop with them at the back, but don't cut them.
15) bring three of the unwrapped 1mm leg up and out to the left of the pendant. Have a look and make sure it's the three that look most like they should come to the left. Wrap the 0.4mm wire 5 time around the leg closest to the back of the cabichon
16)a) this weave is tricky to describe, so bear with me. You should be coming from the top of the leg you have just wrapped, bring it down between the wrapped leg and middle leg, go under the middle leg and up between the middle and front leg,
16b) go around the middle leg once,
back up between middle and front then over the front and wrap twice. On the way back you are coming from under the front, so go over the middle, but don't wrap, down between middle and back and then wrap the back leg twice. Let me know if you need more clarification of this. (I appear to have stopped taking pics of this step, oops!) This is how it will look when it has built up a bit
Each time you wrap the three legs you should have 2 wraps on the outer legs and 1 wrap/wire over the middle. Obviously the middle builds up twice as fast as the outer wires hence only having 1 wrap. You can alter this and do for instance 4 wraps on outside & 2 on middle, as long as the ratio is 2:1
17, continue this way until the wrap covers approx 2/3 of the height of the cabochon, then stop wrapping the front leg, and without cutting the 0.4mm wire work on back leg and middle leg the exact same way you wrapped the bail for the remaining 1/3 approx of the cabochon. Finish wrapped around middle leg but don't cut the 0.4mm wire
18) bring the wrapped legs to the front of the cabochon, shape them a bit so that they follow the curve of the cabochon
19) take the back leg to behind the cabochon, cut shorter and using your round nose pliers bend it around one of the wires at the back to anchor it.
Cut as short as you can, but ensure the cut off end is facing towards the cabochon or it will irritate the skin of whoever is wearing it.
20) now onto the first spiral, begin to coil the 0.4mm wire solely around the middle leg, ensuring each wrap sits neatly beside it's predecessor. Do this for about 2 inches.
If you find it easier to space your wraps out you can do and then push them together, but ensure you wrap straight like this.
and not diagonally like this:
If you do it diagonally when you push them together they won't be neat.
21) cut the leg leaving a few mm between the final wrap and the end of the leg. Also cut the 0.4mm wire. Using the round nose pliers grip this bare bit of leg and begin to roll into circle, you should initially roll until it's a 'U' shape, then cut off any more leg you need to
22) reposition round nose pliers into the centre of the 'U' and continue to roll wrist until it touches back onto the coiled leg. If you need to space the coils so they cover more of the end of the leg, do so now, then gripping the circle with your nylon jawed pliers gently bring it round on itself until you have a coil sat right against the weave.
23)attach 0.4mm wire to the front leg right at bottom of previous weave, and begin coiling again. I cut the 0.4mm into a long length, and when I get under the spiral I have just created (which you can initially bend up so it sits away from the cabochon, allowing easier access to the front leg)
I feed the end through the outer loop of the spiral and pulling tight over the top and back to coiling the front leg. This gives some sturdiness to the spiral and stops it bendingif it get snagged on clothes etc. Create amother spiral, slightly bigger than the first spiral and sit it in the centre of the bottom of the cabochon.
24) Do the same with the remaining three legs on the opposite side of the cabochon, but this time just make one spiral with the middle leg.
25) Anchor to the back in the same way you did the first side, and bring the front leg down, under the spiral you have just made, and tuck it away on the back. Remember to keep all pointed ends facing up to the cabochon so as to avoid skin irritation.
26) back at the top with the spare legs left from the bail bring one around to the front and make another coiled spiral in front of the bottom of the bail, covering up any messy bit around the bail.
27) flip to back again and ensure all wires are finished off. If you have any bits of 0.4mm wrap then around the 1mm a couple of times, cutting them off as close to the 1mm wire as possible and facing towards the cabochon. Tuck the remaining bail leg into the back of the bail and cut it off.
Hey presto you should have something like this:
Please point out any errors/ask any questions
only silly question is one not asked
I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial. Now you have learnt the weaves, play with them, make your own designs, use them in different combinations. Please share your results I'd love to see
I plan to do a similar tutorial in a couple of days for making a ring.