Jump Start Your Wire Jewelry Skills!

Apr 29, 2012

Learning how to swim is like learning a new jewelry making skill. You dip your toes in the water, then your foot, then you wade in until you're knee-deep. By the time the water is up to your shoulders, you realize you might just be in over your head! And while my own wire jewelry making skills have definitely improved, thanks to my experiments making my own wire jewelry findings and my newly-discovered love of Viking knit chains for my beaded pendants, sometimes I still feel as though I'm just treading water when it comes to making my own wire jewelry.

Thankfully, the beady bloggers here at Beading Daily have some pretty great wire jewelry projects for those of us who are still in the doggy-paddle-stage for wire jewelry making. These deceptively simple wire jewelry making projects will actually let you develop your wire jewelry skills as you make some truly beautiful and unique finished jewelry!

Practicing your wire loops is easy and fun when the result is a stunning wire and bead chain. I've seen these kinds of chains for sale in many bead supply companies, but I prefer to make them myself. Wire and bead chain looks great with crystals, gemstones, pearls, or even large seed beads. The next time you make a beaded pendant and get stuck on what to do for the necklace strap, think about making your own wire and bead chain! By the time you finish a few inches of this easy wire jewelry project, you'll be making perfect and consistent wrapped loops every time.
Once you're comfortable with your wire loop skills, you're ready to move on to making pendants with wire and beads! Even though you can't get much simpler than this gorgeous coiled wire and lampwork bead pendant, it looks like a piece of handmade jewelry you'd find in a high-end craft gallery. If you're not comfortable enough to start using the pricier precious metal wires like sterling silver or gold-filled, consider using copper, brass, silver filled, or even colored craft wire.
Learning how to coil wire is a basic skill for wire jewelry making that can be used so many different ways! One of the easiest ways to use a wire coil is to create a simple wire bail for a marble. It's so easy, and the design possibilities are endless -- unique earrings, bracelets, and pendants can be made from these cool jewelry making components!

I'm also a big fan of making spiral wire components for both my wire jewelry projects and my off-loom beadweaving projects. Once you can make a neat spiral for a marble, you can use that technique to make these fun wire dangles, accented with your favorite beads! Wire spirals make great earrings or accents for beaded fringe.

And, oh yes, if you can do any of the projects here, then you can use your wire jewelry making skills to make your own ear wires and earrings out of almost anything -- including cool buttons like these! These wire and button earrings are a snap to make, and once you see how easy it is to make your own ear wires, you'll never have to buy them again.

So what are you waiting for? The water is great, come on in and get your feet wet with a few great wire jewelry making projects in Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine! Each issue is full of fantastic wire jewelry making projects that help you learn new wire jewelry skills while expanding on the skills you already have. With step-by-step photographs and clear directions, you can't go wrong. If you don't want to miss a single issue packed with product reviews, wire jewelry tips and tricks from the pros and page after page of gorgeous and inspiring wire jewelry making designs, subscribe to Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine today.

What was the most important wire jewelry making skill that you learned? Was it mastering wire wrapped loops? Making wire spirals? Something else? Share your experiences and your favorite wire jewelry making skills by leaving a comment here on the Beading Daily blog!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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on May 5, 2012 9:57 AM

This is a great article Jennifer. I'm waiting for some wire in the mail so I can start a project I found on Beadaholique. I bought some Wubbers and am revving my wire engine!

~Renee