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suganspyyce
« on: April 21, 2009 05:18:08 PM »

Does anyone know of a tutorial for those earrings that use string/thread to make designs that look kind of like what you would make on a spirograph or in string art?  Do these particular earrings have a name and where would you get the base from?  I have seen the earrings a few times but that is the only way I know how to describe them.  If anyone could point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated. 
Thank you for reading and I hope I'm not too confusing.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009 07:27:58 AM »

At least some of the earrings using the spirelli techniques around wrapped wire have been called "Pervian Thread Earrings"... like these:
http://www.google.com/images?q=Peruvian+thread+earring

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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009 08:57:29 PM »

Do you know if you can buy the teardrop earrings prepared, or if you gotta make the base from scratch?  I think I read you wrap a smaller gauge wire around a larger gauge.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009 08:08:36 AM »

I don't know if you can buy them premade, but I'd assume that you'd just wrap a smaller thinner wire around a stiffer one (creating or wrapping to leave a tiny bit of space between?), then bend the wrapped wire around a form or jig of some kind --or freehand if you're practiced enough-- and make some kind of connection on the ends for joining together and perhaps adding a jumpring or connector for the earring or other finding (a loop on each end could be placed together flat, e.g., then a jumpring placed through the loops...etc).

You might want to check out this similar technique done with wire and polymer clay where a thin wire is wrapped around a heavier wire (completely or in places, sometimes changing color or adding beads/etc), then made into various shapes:
.....Linda Goffs fabulous wire outlined items
http://www.lindagoff.com/wire4.html
http://www.lindagoff.com/wire3.html

Here's what I have on my "Wire" page http://glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm about how those were made:

..Linda (Goff) used copper or brass 20 ga. for the inside wire or main frame, and 28 ga. for the wrapping wire.  Geo
....you could use metal craft wire, or (more easily) PVC coated wire like phone wire or a plain wire. This would work as both decorative trim and a way to get a loop for hanging.  Linda Goff

P.S.  Just found this link too:
http://www.beadsky.com/ganutell.php?In=en


HTH,

Diane B.

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009 05:37:02 PM »

Thank you so much for your help!  I see your responses to others in the forum and you are always so in depth with your responses.  I really appreciate you taking the time out to answer and provide resources.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2009 06:01:29 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLSCfKxncSY
this is the one i used---she makes it easy to understand the process
here's my first attempt at it:




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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2009 11:44:03 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLSCfKxncSY
this is the one i used---she makes it easy to understand the process
here's my first attempt at it:


theresa

Yours look great!  I forgot to get some wire at hobby lobby today so I'll have to wait until Monday to get some supplies to try this out.  Thanks for the link to the video!
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2009 10:33:14 AM »

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Excellent video for giving at least one way to make them. Thanks, and go YouTube!
(I didn't check them out, but there may be even more tutorials in the right bar next to the video.)

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2009 07:01:42 AM »

thank you for compliments!
yes, there are various ways to make these--and i agree 'go utube!'

another way--string small beads on wire frame--close frame--string thread
was shown here:
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/yarnwire_earrings_3

i'm going to try doing some this way! looks much faster!
theresa
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2009 02:49:11 PM »

Those are pretty cool too!  Thanks for the link!
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2009 08:20:58 AM »

i did this pendant a little different--





used 20g gold art wire for frame
24g gold art wire to wire wrap these tiny glass beads to frame-
turquoise embroidery floss to 'string'--with little accent beads in center--
took a little while, but i like it better than the round earrings i did before--still need some practice!
 Smiley theresa
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suganspyyce
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2009 11:59:26 PM »

So pretty!  I like the pattern you created.  They look like stars.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2009 10:00:02 AM »

thank you suganspyyce!
i want to do some more in different shapes and designs--it's really fun!
theresa
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suganspyyce
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2009 11:31:25 AM »

I have all my supplies but I'm trying to figure out what I can use to make my coil around.  Kinda like the lady did in the video.
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suganspyyce
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2009 02:35:34 PM »

I finally got one made!  I had a hard time getting the wire straight and shaping it.  I don't usually work with jewelry so I'm not sure how to work with wire.  I will definitely say that working with the shiny thread takes some practice!  It's very slippery and I kept dropping it.  Only the blue is shiny tho.  It was really fun to make and try to figure out where to start the thread!  Anyway, no more yapping and on to the picture. Cheesy





Oh I ended up wrapping the wire around the smallest knitting needle I have, size 1 or 0 I think. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2009 05:05:14 PM »

that is beautiful!!! great design!!

when i made mine--i just used a bigger gauge of wire to make the coil--just so it's a little larger than the one used for the frame---

the blue rectangle just has beads wire wrapped around the frame--no coiled piece

for not usually doing jewelry or wire--you did an outstanding job with this!!
Smiley theresa
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« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2009 10:45:06 PM »

that is beautiful!!! great design!!

when i made mine--i just used a bigger gauge of wire to make the coil--just so it's a little larger than the one used for the frame---

the blue rectangle just has beads wire wrapped around the frame--no coiled piece

for not usually doing jewelry or wire--you did an outstanding job with this!!
Smiley theresa

Thank you so much!  I think I did the opposite and coiled the smaller wire.  Hobby Lobby didn't have too many guages so I think I used 26 and 24, pretty much all they had.  (28 was the only other choice)  I'll have to check out the local bead supply place, I hope it's still there!  I think I want to try some round ones that are hollow in the middle, but I'll have to check out the string art designs because I just can't see it in my head how to do it. 
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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2009 04:00:36 PM »

So pretty!
Did you use the fingernail polish all around the outside to seal it in place?
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2009 04:30:57 PM »

on THESE i did them just like the lady in the video--made a frame, made a coiled tube, put the tube on the frame, then strung the thread



BUT!!!
on this pendant--i did things differently:
first i made a completely finished frame from 20g wire--hammered it a little--
THEN i used 24g wire and wrapped it around the frame--starting at the top right--and added little beads--wrapped--added a bead---etc all the way around
THEN i used the beads to hold the thread (they work like the coiled tube thing did)


on BOTH of them--i used the BIGGER wire for the frame--and the SMALLER wire for the coil/wrapping

hope this makes sense!
Smiley theresa
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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2009 06:25:50 PM »

Perfect sense! I really like the look of those with the suggestion of a star! What kind of beads are those?
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2009 03:44:09 PM »

the beads on the blue pendant are from a package i got at wal-mart from the craft department

it has gold, silver, and copper colored beads in tiny (which are the ones i used) round, larger round, and bugle beads ALL mixed together

i had to pour them out---pick through to find the gold ones--it's a pain, but the package is about $3 so that's not too bad for the amount of beads you get!

glad you could make sense of what i was saying! LOL!!
theresa
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suganspyyce
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2009 08:04:54 PM »

So pretty!
Did you use the fingernail polish all around the outside to seal it in place?

Thank you!  I didn't this time since I was just trying it out. 
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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2009 12:54:10 PM »

The pendants you guys have made are amazing! Thanks for the awesome links and tips as well guys Cheesy
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suganspyyce
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2009 06:22:29 PM »

Thank you and you're welcome!  I'll probably make my mandrel sometime this weekend and let you guys know how I did it.
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