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« on: August 11, 2011 10:58:07 AM »

So I finally decided to delve into the world of wire wrapping, after enviously eyeing the coils of craft wire in my local JoAnn's.  It seemed like the best way to start making statement pieces of my embarrassingly large collection of real stone beads.  Here are pics of some of the results of my experimentation:


My first attempt at a herringbone weave.  Jade focal bead with jasper accent.


Vertical wrap with crystal accents on an opaline focal bead.


This is my favorite of the bunch.  I used my trusty punch to put holes in a prefab leaf component I had broken the bail off of.  Then wrapped crystals and a pearl through the additional holes.


Basic wrapped hoops with amethyst chips.  This was my first attempt at making my own hoop earrings, and I was surprised at how messy my house became when I tore it apart looking for a round object to use as a mandrel for consistency!


Zoisite is one of my favorite stones, and I'm so glad I finally got a chance to start using some of my stash!  I didn't make these ear hooks, though.  You can tell because they're the same size!


Another zoisite wrap, this time on a necklace with fluorite and hematite accent beads.

If any of you lovely craftsters has some suggestions on where to go next for a wire-wrapping newbie that would be fantastic!  I am completely addicted, so any suggestions on some good beginner projects (or helpful hints from you more experienced types) would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011 11:43:28 AM »

Very nice work, you're well on your way!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011 11:52:13 AM »

These are really beautiful.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011 12:06:39 PM »

I love the jade piece- you did a great job with the herringbone.
I'm pretty crazy about the caging on the zoisite earrings too.

Looks to me like you're off to a great start!
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011 12:21:59 PM »

Honestly, I can't say I do so great with wrapping objects.  I can make rings.  I can make bracelets.  I can make torcs and all sorts of other things, but wrapping objects just doesn't agree with me.  So, naturally, my suggestion is to try wire wrap without stones or beads.  Let the wire speak for it's self.  Try making an ear cuff.  They are simple, hardest part being sizing.  Or try a ring.  Just find something about the size of your finger, spring back aught to do the rest. In any rate, nice work and good luck =]
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2011 01:48:16 PM »

Very nice. Now you need a bracelet of some sort with the Zoisite to go with the necklace and earrings. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011 04:53:08 PM »

All of these are really pretty.
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2011 09:11:02 PM »

Wowwowowowowowowow. These are seriously your first attempts? If this is your beginning I know you are on to bigger and better things if you keep it up! I am a little over a year into wire-wrapping and when I started I was nowhere near your level of awesomeness. The first and second are my faves. I love the herringbone weave. That wrap makes lovely earrings.
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011 12:04:21 PM »

those are pretty
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2011 07:57:23 AM »

Nice pieces, thanks for showing them
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