I am constantly amazed by the wire wrapping skills of artisans and I love it when they share their techniques with others who may be just venturing into wire wrapping. Once you learn the basic skills of wire wrapping there is no end to the places your creativity can take you! Wire wrapping requires just a few tools, some wire, and of course cabochons or cameos. We carry a wide variety of these supplies to get you started!
Each of these artists use similar some techniques, but each one adds their own tiny details that result in a very unique finished pieces! Enjoy these detailed, step by step wire-wrapping tutorials from artisans just like you and create something lovely today!
First, Judy Larson shows a very simple, yet stunning way to wrap hobby store cabochons made of glass. I love this pattern!
Glass Pebble Cabochon Pendant
“It seems that everyone has a lot of those little glass pebbles around- you know the ones from the bottom of flower vases. What in the world can you do with them? Why, make a pendant, of course!”
Next, Yvonne shares another simple wrap for cabochons that can be adapted to many styles. So creative!
Simple Wrapped Cabochon Tutorial
“Take your nylon jaw pliers and cut off a section of wire twelve to 14 inches long.”
Original Source : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zELoEEMrBw8
Dawn Blair shares a very detailed tutorial. I really enjoy her creative use of colored wire!
Wire Wrapping 101- an overly detailed account!
“The three wires need to stay flat and parallel. You can use blue painter’s tape on either side of where you intend to wrap to hold the wires in place.”
Dev Khan shares her amazing wire-wrapping skills with us. She even cuts and polishes her own stones for her projects. A true artist!
Wrap Rock-Setting stones in unique jewelry takes just a few twists of wire.
“Wire wrapping is an imaginative, spontaneous, and versatile method of setting free-form stones using wire and simple hand tools. It allows the shape of the stone to control the placement of wire. ”
Original Source : http://blog.makezine.com/craft/flashback_wire_wrap_jewelry/
Next, Camille Sharon shows you how to do a Viking Weave around a cabochon to create a bezel setting. This is a very easy way to showcase your cabochon!
Viking Weave Cabochon Bezel Tutorial
“So for those of you who do wire wrapping and have cabochons (no holes) you don’t know how to use, here’s something to do with them.”
Original Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVO1eu1-AIg
I love this piece you will learn how to make by Bikerrandy. He encourages you to “highjack” the post and add your styles and techniques as well! His combination of border-wrap techniques with flowing lines is simply beautiful!
Complete wire wrapping tutorial
“This will keep your wire in a straight uniform line. In order for your wire wraps the look clean, the wire will remain in the same order through out the entire process!!”
Next the folks over at Jewelry Tutorials have put together another look at wire wrapping a cabochon. Each artist adds to the possibilities you can create!
Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial
“Wire of your choice. How much wire you’ll need will depend on the size of your cabochon, which I’ll get to shortly. It may be best to practice with some cheap wire, until you get a feel for the process.”
Original Source : http://jewellerytutorials.org/wire-wrapped-pendant-tutorial/
This next artist has quite a sense of humor! Joefileman shares a humorous tutorial on how to wire wrap that will have you laughing as you learn.
Jewelry Making: Wire-Wrapped Pendant
“I developed an understanding that the size and shape of the object plays a part in the cost as well as the technique.”
Original Source : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ34Isf0mDo&feature=related
The next tutorial was so detailed that the artist Theresa split it into two parts. Be sure to check out both parts to see how to weave wire around your cabochon. This pattern draws more heavily on weaving and twining techniques that have become more popular in recent years.
Wire Wrap Woven Pendant Tutorial part 1
“To get started with the frame I form the 20g wire around the outer edge of the focal. Leave just a hairline of space between the wire and the focal for wrapping.”
Wire Wrap Tutorial Part 2
“Let’s tighten that weave up by gently pinching the double coils along each of the frames. This will help even out the spacing between the coils.”
Original Source : http://flight-fancy.blogspot.com/2010/08/wire-wrap-tutorial-part-2.html
This last lesson was so creative I just had to share it. Because the artist is Russian I used Google Translate to get more detailed instructions from this artist. Google Translate gives you the option to type text or a website address for translations. If you are into chainmaille, you’ll love how the artist, M-Oceana, surrounds the cabochon with wire-wrap and a very interesting border of jump rings!
Lesson – twining cabochon
“Really love all kinds of cabochons. And this pendant received when trying to come up with a frame for a cabochon But first trained on the coin, on it as a lesson built.”
Original Source : http://wire-ru.livejournal.com/479987.html#cutid1
Take that step today and add to your skills with these tutorials! We would love to see what you come up with!
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