Jewelry Lessons: How to Wire-Wrap Jewelry Part 2 | My Girlish Whims

Jewelry Lessons: How to Wire-Wrap Jewelry Part 2

Friday, February 3, 2012 |

How to Wire Wrap: Part 2


Ready to learn how to do some more wire-wrapping? Today I'm going to show you how to wire-wrap a pendant with these pretty crystal earrings!

Note: These are also available for sale in my etsy shop. I can also do kits for the supplies if you are interested. Scroll to the bottom of the post for more info.


Supplies:
Around 22 gauge wire,  two small jump rings, two earring wires, two crystal briolettes, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, and round nose pliers.

Steps


Step One: Cut two pieces of wire around six inches long with wire cutters

Step Two: String on a crystal briolette towards the end of the wire

Step Three: Bend the two ends of the wire across the top of the briolette to form a triangle

Step Four: Grasp the middle of the triangle with bent nose pliers.  Straighten the longer piece of wire out and then begin to wire wrap the small tail of wire around the long piece.


Step Five: Keep this wire wrap short - only two or three wraps.  Once done, trim off any excess wire with wire cutters.

Remember to push that little extra piece of wire around the base wire with needle nose pliers - as you can see from this picture I did not do a very good job with that! (I fixed it later)

Step Six: Grab the top of the wire with round nose pliers and bring it down to beneath the wire-wraps you just made.

Begin to wire wrap underneath of the other wire wrap, continuing down onto the crystal.

It should look something like this when finished:

Step Seven: Trim off excess wire when you are done wrapping.  Use pliers or your thumb nail to wrap the tail against the crystal.

This technique takes a litttttle bit to get used to.  You can see that the second one I did looks a little nicer:

Here are both:

Step Eight: Open up a small jump ring and loop it through the top loop you formed on the crystal, as well as an earring wire.

Close up the jump ring, make a matching earring, and you have a set of beautiful briolette crystal earrings!



Not as scary as it looks, right? You'll be on your way to becoming a jewelry-making pro in no time!!

These earrings are also available in my etsy shop here, with multiple color options as well! I have also considered putting together a few kits for the supplies needed in these jewelry lessons.  Would make learning a little easier if you had the right supplies easily accessible! Let me know via email if you are interested: mygirlishwhims@gmail.com




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17 comments:

MiMi said...

Those look great! I'm not sure I have the patience to get it right so it looks that nice.

Toby and Abbie said...

those are awesome!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Thank you! That was an awesome pictorial tutorial! You're pictures are always so vivid and your close-ups so clear. Makes it easier to follow your instructions. I appreciate that alot! I'm new to blogging, I love your blog and I'm your newest follower.

Amanda said...

Yes! I've always wanted to do this. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Very cute and timely! I've been experimenting with jewelry wire, so this is handy-dandy! Thanks for sharing.

Tina @ Babycakes Blog said...

Those are really pretty! I found you via the Made by you Monday Link Party.

Tammy said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Your pictures are great. They make it very easy to see how you did that. I've been wanting to try some wire wrapped jewelry. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Crafty Cousins said...

Super cute earrings! I kept working on my wire shaping and made a bunch of earrings. Fun! I even blogged about it today! :)

Thanks for the tutorials!

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing!!! I have such a hard time wrapping wire.. your photos help a lot!!!

Check out my blog too :)
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

I love these - they are so pretty. I'd love for you to share them on my VERY FIRST link party.
Rachel
http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/terrific-tuesdays-link-party.html

Jeanne said...

Love these! I picked up someones jewelry making craft box at a thrift store and have all the materials in 24k so I will love to try this!

Christine said...

Hey Beautiful!

Do you mind linking up your tutorial on my blog please??

http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-2.html

marissa said...

I was seriously JUST thinking about doing something like this! thanks so much I would love you to add this and any other posts you want to show off to my What We Wore and Made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

Cherilyn said...

Wow! These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Those earrings are so pretty! Thanks for sharing this tip!
Also, thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I will be featuring this tomorrow. :)

Karma said...

I would definitely be interested in getting a kit to get me started, please let me know if you have some.Thank you. By the way you did a great job with the tutorial.

grace said...

Great tutorial! Can't wait to try it out!
I think your wire is about 20-24 gauge. 16 gauge is pretty hard and difficult to bend.

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