My newest wrap

Discussion in 'Fashion and Crafts' started by nattywraps, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. nattywraps

    nattywraps Member

    Here's the most recent one I've finished (I may make a few tweaks).

    It sports 3 aquamarine crystals, dominican amber, a purple star ruby, a silver topaz and black opal.

    This pic sucks but I will post a better one tomorrow when I can borrow someone's cam.


    If you're bored, check out my other wraps here
  2. MiniBix

    MiniBix Member

    wow. arent those really hard to make?
    it looks awesome!!
  3. cerridwen

    cerridwen in stitches

    quite cool :)
  4. I love your wraps sooooooo much, I so want to learn how to make them, the ones in your gallery are awsome!!!

    is there a website to go to for info???
  5. nattywraps

    nattywraps Member

    unfortunately, there seems to be no place online where you can learn to do it the kind of way that I do.

    I only had pics of other wraps and crafty background to work from.

    THis page has the only instructions I've found online for wire work and it's very basic:

    The best way I know how to learn anything is to see an example though.

    Here's a few tips:

    1: to make a bridge, wrap 1 1/2 times around each side of the bridge.

    2: to make micro coils, wrap 30 ga wire around 26 ga wire, then wrap that around 26 ga wire and wrap 30 ga wire in the cracks between each coil

    3: good gages of wire to use are:
    - round wire: 30, 28, 26, 20, 18, 16, 14
    - square wire: 14
    - half round: 18, 16, 14, 12

    4: good tools to use are:
    - flat needle nose pliers (no teeth or rough gripping surface!)
    - round nose pliers
    - flush cutters
    - wire bur cups (makes ends of wire rounded and not sharp from cutting)
    the best pliers to try are beadsmith ergo pliers or any decent german box joint

    i only really use needle nose pliers and cutters but plan on getting a bur cup

    5: shop around. if someone is trying to charge any more than $14/ounce for wire, you're being ripped off so find another supplier. for stones go to gem shows or ebay. if you buy stones from a gem shop you will be paying at least 50% more than they paid on average. I use ebay almost exclusively so I can save my customers money
  6. nattywraps

    nattywraps Member

    ok a better pic is up in place of the old one (see my first post in this thread)

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