Posts tagged ‘craft: jewelry’
It’s been quiet over here, so I figured instead of trying to come up with tutorials and utterly failing, I’d just showcase some of the stuff I’ve been up to. I’ll try to give some pointers along the way as to how I did it. This is a pendant I made for a very dear friend of mine. She got it as a birthday present. I originally planned to make matching earrings as a christmas present, but sadly, she has since lost the necklace while on a holiday trip. At least I still have some pictures I can show you.
It was the first time I made a leather chain to go with it. The black leather makes a nice contrast to the bright silver and is comfortable to wear. I’m rather pleased at how it all turned out. I started with a teardrop shape (shaped over a glue stick, if I remember correctly), then added in the triangle with the bead, and wrapped it all with thin wire. The wrapping helps cover some spots, but you really have to pay attention to the top of the pendant. It’s not as forgiving as it looks. Start the wrapping at the top, making sure the end is secured and then go as far down as you want to. I kept the wire on the spool as I wrapped and only cut it once I got to the desired length. To finish, simply tuck the end in under the wrapping.
Some day, I will learn to take better photographs. Or get a better camera. That’ll help, right?
It’s been quiet over here lately, but tonight the craft bug bit again. I got the idea for this pendant and just had to try it out immediately. There are still some kinks in it that I’d like to straighten out, but overall I’m quite happy with it.
- gauge 18 and 22 silver-plated wire
- wire cutters and two pairs of pliers
- two round objects of varying size
Start off by bending your 18 gauge wire around your bigger round object. I used a spice jar for that, but any lid or small glass would work. When you’ve completed the loop, get your smaller round object (I used a glue stick) and bend your wire around that. At last, make a loop on top and clip your wire. (You could also skip the loop and simply attach a jump ring later.) To secure the top, get some 22 gauge wire and wrap it firmly around the three strands of wire. You now have the basic shape of your pendant. (Try not to get any kinks into it like I did.)
Next, get your 22 gauge wire and clip off a good length. (I just eyeballed it, you can always use more later.) Start by wrapping it a couple turns around at the top and then criss-cross between the inner and the outer loop, wrapping it one turn around the 18 gauge wire before changing directions. (Refer to the picture to see what I mean.)
I managed to wrap half the pendant with my first length of wire. Then I clipped a second length and started at the other side of the top, working my way to the bottom, where I joined the two strands. Use your pliers to make sure the wire is wrapped securely. Make sure all the ends are tucked in so nothing will snag on your clothes or poke you. Straighten out as desired. And that’s it!
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Since there isn’t much time left until Sunday, I really had to get my stuff together. I wanted it to be something crafty, but it also had to be mailable – which ruled out lots of flowers art and elaborate baking creations. I’ve had this book on wire jewelry lying around for a few weeks now and decided to finally try my hand on it.
This is the first time I’ve ever worked with wire. It’s really rewarding and you only need very few supplies to get started, so it’s a great craft to try out. I already had a pair of wire cutter and straight-nosed pliers (though mine are rippled, which makes ugly dents in the wire so I’ll have to get a new pair), and a quick stop at the craft store left me with round-nose pliers and a bunch of different gauge wire. It cost me about five bucks.
I used gauge 18 silver-plated wire to make the base of the heart. Clip off a long piece of wire, and make a sharp bend in the middle – this will be the top crease of your heart. Then bend each wire end over a sharpie or other big, round pen. I didn’t even try to make my halves the same to give the heart an asymmetric look. Bend the wires towards each other and twist together to make the bottom of the heart. Clip off any excess wire. I wrapped it with some 22 gauge wire, crisscrossing the heart and securing the points by wrapping the wire around my heart frame whenever I changed directions. Easy as that!
Attach a jump ring and thread onto a leather cord to make a pretty necklace. I whipped up a quick wire necklace by bending the 18 gauge wire into a big round shape and twisting together a quick hook and eye at the ends. This took me roughly an hour to put together. It’s my very first hand-made jewelry item and I think it’ll be a great gift for my Mom. Now I only have to get it in the mail!
What are you making for Mother’s Day?
P.S.: My mini windowsill garden is still waiting for some action. It’s day 6 and I’m trying to be patient, but I’ve really got a feeling my black thumb struck again. Nothing green to be seen yet. *sigh*
Let me show you my favorite pair of earrings.
For a geek with style, these earrings truly are a must-have.
I have a lamp construction under my bunk bed that is attached to a dimmer switch. Last year it stopped working correctly and my Mom and I burned through four fuses trying to fix it before we gave up on it. (I now have a torch lamp under my bed.)
Now as a crafter especially fond of electronic stuff, I found myself unable to simply throw out the blown fuses. They had to be good for something and it didn’t take long before the idea popped into my head. I asked my good friend P to solder them, since I have neither the equipment nor the experience to do it myself. He happily did the job (thanks P!) and out came two pairs of blown fuse earrings. My very first pair of earrings. If you have a pair of earring hooks on hand (or don’t mind sacrificing a pair you never wear), you could do this whole project for free.
Next time I blow a fuse, I’ll get a matching necklace.