Transform Your Wire Into Jewelry with These Great Projects

Jun 23, 2014

You know, making wire jewelry isn't nearly as difficult as I thought it was. And much to my husband's dismay, I'm adding all kinds of new jewelry-making supplies to my stash -- wire, hammers, bench blocks, even a micro torch out in the garage with my glass torch! What I'm really enjoying about learning how to make my own wire jewelry is the inspiration I'm finding for including it in my bead-weaving projects. I can make my own decorative head pins, wire dangles, and even wire jewelry clasps and earring findings.

It all started when I realized that if I could make my own wire wrapped loops and simple loops, I could probably learn how to manipulate wire into other shapes. Since then, I've learned Viking knit (my favorite wire jewelry making technique, ever!), and I've learned how to make basic soldered rings and bangle bracelets. Who knew that making wire jewelry could be so much fun?

Don't be intimidated by the idea of making jewelry out of wire -- it's really a lot of fun! If you're looking to get started, check out these four fun projects by two of my favorite wire jewelry artists, Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson:

Denise Peck's Paisley Earrings are fabulous for someone just getting started with wire. Trust me on this one, there's really not a whole lot of ways to mess these up -- the rustic look of these finished wire earrings leaves lots of room for "mistakes" that only add to the charm of these handmade wire earrings.
One thing that I've noticed is that I love hammering metal and wire to add texture. (Plus, some days it just feels really good to hit things with a hammer. Right?) Denise Peck's Droplet Earrings are perfect for learning how to control your hammer, and the funky organic look of the wire wraps make these earrings a pair you'll be proud to say you made yourself.
Keep your hammer handy, and move on to Jane Dickerson's Hammer Time necklace. I love this wire jewelry making project for its simplicity and the simple techniques you can learn while making it. It looks like something you'd see in a fine jewelry boutique, but, surprise! You can make it yourself in just a few minutes. Did I mention how much I love the "quick and easy" aspect of wire jewelry making projects like this one?
Last but not least, learn how to make beautiful wire coils when you make Jane's Cuff Links bracelet. Once you've mastered the basic technique, why not change things up a little and mix your metals? I can see this wire bracelet looking beautiful with a mixture of copper, brass, and silver wire. Maybe even add a couple of beaded dangles or metal charms to commemorate a special event!

Ready to learn more? I'm totally head over heels for Denise and Jane's fabulous new book, Wire + Metal: 30 Easy Metalsmithing Designs. With just a few easy-to-use tools, you can be making wire jewelry that looks like a million bucks. Denise and Jane take you step-by-step through each project, covering all of the necessary techniques and materials you'll need to complete each project. Get your copy of Wire + Metal: 30 Easy Metalsmithing Designs and explore more in the world of wire jewelry.

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

 

 


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