Create a Braided Wire Wrap Pendant | Monique Littlejohn | Skillshare
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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

      0:46
    • 2. Tools

      2:36
    • 3. Produce

      11:58
    • 4. Outro

      0:21

About This Class

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Have you ever tucked piece of sea glass or seashell into your pocket? Has your child ever picked up a ‘treasure’ for you on the beach or in the park that you have accumulated in your junk drawer? These items were too precious to throw away but you had no idea what you could do with them. Maybe you are a gem cutter who does not feel comfortable soldering and pickling your designs because the fumes give you a headache (that was me). Wire Wrapping is an alternative jewellery making tool – headache free, and fast way to create unique works of art.

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to wire wrap your object using an easy braiding technique that will turn your ‘found objects’ into pendants. You can use inexpensive craft wire; wire found at a hardware or electronics store; or sterling silver wire for these projects. Most likely, you already have the tools to get started.

Transcripts

1. Intro: Hi, My name is Monique Littlejohn. I am a jewelry designer, and I'm going to teach you today how to wire rip using a very special braided technique. The cool thing about this is it really doesn't matter what shape you use in a sparse your gemstone or your found object goes. You can wire up just about anything using this technique. It only takes about five minutes from beginning to end, and it's easy to do in front of the TV. So if you have a few objects on hand, which I'll show you what you'll need, you'll be able to get this started while you're watching your favorite TV show. So let's get started. 2. Tools: Now let's look at our tools. First, you'll need something to actually wire wrap, and I'm going to either use this or this, and you don't need a caliper pit. I'm just going to show you how big it is. So this one appears to be about 26 inches at 26 millimeters and certain, and then this one is 33 millimeters. It's an odd shape, but that's okay. This design really works well with odd shapes and in teardrops. And as you can see, it's not too thick. It's both of these are about seven millimeters wide. You could even do this design or faceted Jim, Jim Stones. Next, you'll need your wire and, in this case, on using 20 gauge silver finish wire. Basically, the rule about using wire is the larger the gauge, the larger the number, the thinner the wire. And for doing this design, I generally used between 20 and 22 gauge wire. If I'm trying to wire wrap something that is smaller than this object here, then I could go to a larger cage. But the larger the gauge, which means the smaller the wire, the less strength it has so It's much easier for you to lose a gemstone if you use a higher gauge wire. Next, we have our wire cutters and our round nose pliers and our chain nose pliers. We'll also need some tape. I'm using Scotch tape because it's what I had on hand. But if you have masking tape, that actually works better because it doesn't leave a residue on your wire that you have to remove in here. I have claims you probably have one of these around the office or one of these in the shed . Either one will work for this technique. It's just whatever your whatever you have on hand once again and then a work space. It's funny I have this workspace here to use, but realistically, my workspace is normally in front of the TV are huge. I use the clamp, actually use one of these clamps, and I hold it with my feet as I braid the wire so you don't need to actually sit at the kitchen table to do this. Sitting on the floor actually works very well 3. Produce: Now we're going to do the braid for this very odd shaped piece. That's one of the beauties of using this design this style because you can have any shaped piece as long as you've got something to grab onto. I'd like to be very generous with amount of wire I use when I'm using inexpensive aluminum wire. Of course, when I'm using sterling silver or gold filled, I only use about four times the circumference of my design. So that way I don't have a lot of wasted. But generally the more where you have, the easier it is to use. And in this case, it is 20 gauge wire. So it is really stiff compared Teoh a higher gauge wire, and that makes it easier to use also as you design your piece. So as you see, I've been clipping three pieces of 20 gauge aluminum wire and this is actually sorry. This is copper wire, which is is pretty much the same softness as 11 wire. It's just coated. Okay, So the peace that is kind of jiggy kind of not straight is the piece that we're going to cover up with tape. If you use expensive wire. You're probably gonna want to use masking tape instead of this Scotch tape because it doesn't leave a residue. But since I'm gonna be cutting this off anyway, it doesn't really matter what kind of wire I use next. I use the binding clip to grab it. Guinan, make sure it's nice and firm. And if it isn't just clipped the excess wire up. Do you want it? You want this to be grabbing really firmly? That's better. And then I like to use if I'm doing in a demonstration or sitting at the kitchen table. I actually used to clips this clip to grab the wire and in this clip to grab my work surface like so Did you see I have three wires here. If you've ever braided hair, then this part will be very intuitive to you. But if you haven't up ever braided anything, I'll just show you what you dio. So you grab the two outer wires with your left hand and your right hand and in this centre wire kind of with your middle finger whenever you grab it, and you're always going to be working towards the center and crossing. Whatever the middle wire is with whatever the out of wire is. So in this case, I go left over the center, right over the center, left over the center, right over the center and so on. And I try to keep my attention equal throughout because that way I will have a nice even raid throughout instead of parts that are tied and in parts that are lose. See how quick that IHS in no time at all. I've got my braid, I've got my vessel made. Now that I'm done, I just grab another piece of tape and I close off my end. I let go of my vessel like so, and I decide what is going to be the top in what is gonna be the bottom. This side here is a little more pointy. Something to make that the top of my piece. And this is the bottom of my piece. As you see, it's not symmetrical, so it's going Teoh kind of hang out a little bit of an angle when the wearer has it on using my fingers, I just bend it up to match the circumference of the design and then at the angle bend it again, and at the next angle, I'd cross over. So, as you see, I've got this fairly snug across the piece and I pulled this out. He's my fingers and holding it tightly. I just wrap this around once. That just keeps my piece stable. Now, what we're gonna do is right. We're gonna use this really pretty piece of the braid here as the loop. So grab your a round nose pliers and clip it where you want it to be in these taper off at the end. So if you want a really small live, he worked towards the front. And if you want a wider live, you work towards the back, just bend it over like so and then grabbing the excess wire here, you wrap two times or three times. Now you've got the base of the peace. Don't clip anything off yet. Just kind of leave it in place for now because you might decide to use these wires to make your peace a little bit more sturdy. Or to add Cem visual interest seat. Make sure it still fits and then pull it away. No, because this braid has turned out pretty nice on the back. I think I'm gonna use it for the design, so I'll just leave it where it iss and then using the fingernails. I'm going to start pulling out the outermost wire because this out of most wire on each side is going to be what keeps the design in place. Thanks. So So now I've got all of my pieces angled in. And then I have that Make sure that the peace still bits, lumps. Plop it in. Now I'm gonna do exactly the same thing here, going to use my fingernails. Or I could use my chain nose pliers. If it's easier to pull the front wires in to once again, secure the peace. So think of the wire is not only something that's functional toe hold the piece in but also part of your artistic design. Make sure each piece is all the way over the lip of the design, like so, and it's really holding it in. So do a little wiggle jiggle. It feels pretty sturdy. So it's done. Now I have two choices. I could either leave this the way it iss and clip up the wires here in here and have the piece done, or I can use the wire as the artistic design. And I think what I will do is I will show you how you can use this for artistry. When it clipped this off, make sure you hold hold it on both ends or to fly across the room, and we're gonna make a spiral on the front and on the back. So I think I'll do two spirals, one on the front and two of the front and one on back. Just grab your Randall's players. The very tip and twist, I think so. Once you have a closed loop, grab your chain, those players in grab part of it and twist trying to keep they wires very close to each other like so once you're done, you can just tuck it over like so and then make it a smaller little spiro on the other side . Twist it, since you can see that's just a little bit of something pretty. Do the same thing on the back to make a closed loop. It grabbed this upside. Grab this no interest, so they got front and back. Spirals and spirals also helped to stabilize that they turn into little brackets. Now for this back piece, I'm gonna keep it really simple. Clip it about this far away from the end and then find ways to tuck this underneath the piece. So using your chain knows, make a you and then tuck these under. This can be the most challenging part of the pieces is finishing it. There we go That when that one grabbed on and then this one, this one is lose. Let's just work on this one, grabbing it, twisting it in and then tucking it under this one about I didn't. I found a nice open spot. Teoh Tender. I think so. And then I've got this third piece that's just lose, and I will tuck that one into a small lip. Next. I'll just flatten everything down. So it's comfortable for the wear. It's just is a wayto stabilize your piece and make it really comfortable. Okay, so there we are. We've got a completed piece years back 4. Outro: I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. And if you'd like to see more jewelry making, crafting and cooking courses, please visit my website at Hobby Farm girl dot com. I've had fun and I hope you come back soon. Bye bye.