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.

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    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: http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/weekly/aa112398.htm

    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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