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Wire Wrapping

<=== My very first attempt at wire wrapping. Not too bad. Not perfect but gotta start somewhere. Black Wire Wrapped Ring

<=== This is one of the projects I tried on my second say of wire wrapping. It was actually a lot easier than I expected. I think it came out cute 🙂 Lampwork Spiral Ring

<=== An Aqua Marine Ring I made. It has little spirals on the side. I get  lots of compliments on this one. I have already sold one and have a few potential buyers 🙂   Day #2. Aqua Marine Wire Wrapped Ring

<=== Another spiral design Day #2. spirals

<=== Cherry Quartz wrapped ring. Day #2. Cherry Quartz Ring

<=== Pink Crystal Heart “chaos wrap”. Day #2. Pink Crystal Heart Ring

<=== Brown Stone wire wrapped ring. Day #3. Another one I get tons of compliments on 🙂 http://www.etsy.com/listing/91971107/brown-stone-wire-wrapped-ring-silver

<=== Heart Shape Day #3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/91972480/wire-wrapped-heart-ring-silver-plated?ref=v1_other_1

<=== Double Heart Shape. Day #3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/91971927/wire-wrapped-hearts-ring-silver-plated?ref=v1_other_1

Well, that was my intro to wire wrapping. Each day I tried a few new techniques. I didn’t include every piece I made, just the different styles. Some styles were harder than other. For example, the heart shaped crystal ring was hard because the wire had to be put in from top to bottom and it was terribly difficult trying to keep the crystal from tilting or turning to the side. There has to be a simpler method but I am self-taught as it costs too much money, in my opinion, for a class you can usually figure out the method yourself. The double heart ring was very difficult because I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to wrap two wires together. Again this was a stability/slip factor. I am sure this also has a method to make it easier but…

I wish jewelry classes were cheaper. Brick and mortar jewelry stores are at risk now because everyone has begun shopping online. They need to place more of an emphasis on getting people in the store, i.e., through classes. But they often charge about 30-50 (sometimes more) just for the class, not including the materials which you are often required to buy at the store. With that said, I often do not take classes because I usually don’t have the money to buy extra materials to replicate the project several times in order for the process to stick so I end up with one piece and no clue how to make another one by the time I can buy more stuff. haha!

This is what drove me to the self-taught method. More money for more materials = more practice. It works well for me because I can remember patterns and techniques better! 🙂 This is one example of that. Hope you enjoyed the post!

-L