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« on: April 24, 2006 07:42:15 PM »

This is something I was playing with.  I've been working with silver wire for years now, but for some reason hadn't experimented with weaving.  And I don't have a workshop set up now, so I my torch and gas tanks are gathering dust in the garage until there's room, which means I can't do any soldering.  I played with the weaving a little with some scrap copper and after a few tries got comfy with the process of weaving, with a five-way braid done with two strands of wire each.  Well, that left 10 bits of wire on each end and an indeterimate way to bring the ends together.  This is what I came up with.  What do you think?



(The beads are actually lavender matte finish with some iridescence, but for some reason they show up kindof brownish in the pictures...)
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2006 07:45:29 PM »

Ooh. . . Pretty!  I love it!  If only I had the money to buy silver wire. . .  Sad
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2006 08:34:28 PM »

That is so cool.  Looks like you did an awesome job with the weaving.  Beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2006 08:39:55 PM »

Thanks guys!

Something_weird, that's what copper is for!  It looks lovely in copper, and a spool of copper wire from the hardware store is around $3.  Plus, that way by the time you get some silver wire (which actually isn't all that much more expensive, maybe about three times the same length and gauge of copper or possibly less) you'll be really good at it.

Tinab, I found that the weaving, which in this case was just a fancy braid, came quite easily.  The above is my third "experiment" with the weaving.  I think that my friend, whom I'm teaching to weave, but who is a guy, and therefore didn't spend half his childhood braiding barbie doll hair, ribbons, his own hair, his friends' hair or countless bits of embroidery floss, is having a little more trouble with it.  He's a mail-maker, so familiar with wire, but the braiding will take a little while to get used to, I think.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006 11:00:17 PM »

Incredible!!!
I have some copper wire screaming for my attention. Grin
Many questions:
1.  what guage copper wire did you use
2. how did you hold one end of the weaving while braiding?
3.  I assume you did the weaving then the bending?

I totally, TOTALLY love this.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2006 02:51:21 AM »

Dude ... I think that is totally SWANK and I *WANT* ONE!

What sort of price tag would you put on a ring like that?  What if I supplied the beads to you, since I have oodles and oodles?
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2006 06:30:51 AM »

You guys are so nice!

First off, I might have said something misleading.  To clarify, the ring in the picture is silver.  It's some of the 28 (or 30, I don't remember) gauge pure silver wire I got to play with knitting wire.  The copper I was using (I actually made a bangle bracelet out of it that turned out well) is 28 gauge, and you buy it by 150 feet, I think, at Ace Hardware.

Alohamom, if I had a vice, that's what I would have used, because that's just better all around.  But I don't, and I wouldn't have had anywhere to attach it whilst sitting on the living room floor watching TV, so I improvised.  I cut each of my lengths of wire to double the length I wanted.  In the case of the ring, I believe I cut 12" lengths.  Then, you bend them in half until there is a small loop at the bent end.  Don't twist them, though!  After I have all 5 pieces bent double, I take a piece of scrap wire (You could use string or ribbon, anything...) and feed it through the little loops, then tie or twist it so you have a sturdy loop to hang from something.  Now, you can loop that over something (I used the peg on my dog's kennel door) and start braiding.  I just finagle it so the braid starts about 1" away from the bend bits.  It takes a little doing to get it to stay and be able to push the next row snug up against it without getting too close to the end, but it's wire, and it will do what you tell it to do if you have a firm hand with it.  Then, just braid along. Once you've got a length that will come in a tiny bit under the size requirements of your ring, stop weaving, and then shape the ring.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2006 06:45:34 AM »

Oh, I forgot to ask the price question...  I have NO idea.  I know I tend to undervalue my work.  Does anyone have advice? 
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2006 08:09:48 AM »

That is absolutely gorgeous Lothruin, the weaving looks fantastic Smiley I luurrrve cluster rings Wink
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2006 09:13:29 AM »

that is fantastic
its a great idea!
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2006 10:38:39 AM »

that is very pretty!
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2006 10:52:58 AM »

I think you did a fabulous job! I've seen some woven/braided rings, and I've seen plenty of cluster rings, but there aren't many that incorporate both together!  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2006 01:09:09 PM »

I'm impressed, it looks great.
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2006 01:59:11 PM »

This ring is fantastic! I absolutely love it! Really nice job.

(I hate to post the same thing that everyone else is posting... you know -- just to say, "Wow, that's beautiful!" But sometimes... you just gotta. And this time, I just had to.)
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2006 02:02:10 PM »

Thanks so much!  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2006 04:59:26 PM »

i've definately sold my version (not dissimilar to yours) of woven cluster rings for between $10 and $15 (ocassionally higher), which given the amount of time i got it down to, and the cost of supplies, was a good deal for me.
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2006 06:01:48 PM »

It's beautiful!  I need to start playing with wire more.  As far as pricing goes, I'm not too good with pricing either.  It would really depend on how much the materials cost, but no less than $20 for sure.
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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2006 12:27:33 PM »

The ring is beautiful.  I love cluster rings - there is something about them that reminds me of summer.  I agree that you could sell them for $20 no problem.
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2006 01:59:03 PM »

Wow, this ring is great, my daughter and just love it and we want to have a go at making one, is the weaving plating? and where do all the ends go? - behind the beads? but we're really not sure we can make one :-)
So please please get some listed on etsy!  :-)

Do you have an etsy shop already, we'd love to see your other creations! - please let us know :-)
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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2006 07:54:06 AM »

Thanks, everyone!

Ruby, I don't have an etsy shop.  I'm currently working up a website in conjunction with my sister, mother and a good friend, though.  So, SOON, there will be a way to buy things.  I swear.  To answer your other questions, the weaving is just a basic braid, only with five strands (each braid strand consists of two pieces of wire) instead of three.  All the ends are used to hold the beads on, actually.  I brought the ends around, twisted the ends together to make it a circle, then put beads on each pair of wires and curled the wires around to hold the beads on.
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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2006 08:04:41 AM »

I love this! I think that no less than $20 it good. I would buy one!
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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2006 05:09:21 AM »

I'm doing a jewelry project and need silver wire and silever sheets. How much was your wire and where did you buy it? (online?)
I'm going to California for the summer, know anywhere there where i can buy some silver?

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« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2006 03:32:01 AM »

Your ring looks so good - I feel like I repeating what everyone else has said, however I couldn't help myself - the workmanship in that is amazing, you are truely a skilled worker.  I totally agree on the not less than $20.  I read somewhere, I think it was on craftster somewhere, that a good place to start working out pricing, was to take the cost of the materials and then double it for your time and labour, after that you then add profit at whatever percentage you decide on (I haven't decided yet!)

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« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2006 04:47:21 AM »

My  mom is a jeweler - I thought $30 easily when I looked - Selkie
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« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2006 04:08:55 PM »

Thanks you guys! 

Baby Bonsai:  I buy my silver wire and sheet from RioGrande.  Their prices are based on current market, so last time I checked it was a little pricey because the market was way up.  Don't know what it would be now, but when I BOUGHT the wire, it was something like 1/2 ounce for around $9, and for that gauge that gave me close to 100 feet, I think.  They don't have an online catalog, though. 

Selkie:  Thanks for the input.  I was a goldsmith's apprentice for several years, so I know how regular retail pricing usually works, but for my own hand-made stuff, I know sometimes i undervalue my work, especially when I look around the internet at some of the professional jewelry makers who sell stuff similar to mine.  There's that old adage about not selling your stuff too cheap, or people will think it IS cheap, but I also think that over-pricing really limits the market.  So I'm just never sure.  I think it's safe to say at this point that somewhere between $20 and $30, depending on whether I'm selling at, say, a ren faire, or a boutique, is probably about right.  Cheesy
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Lothruin, your rings are gorgeous!!
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