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Wire Jewelry Pattern April 17, 2015

Birch Leaf Earrings

by Albina Manning

Since Spring is in the air – I thought I’d share a beautiful earring pattern by one of our favorites – Albina Manning!  She uses our Sea Foam Green-toned Silver Plated Wire for her earrings. Take a look!

Birch Leaf Earrings

Birch Leaf Earrings

Designed by Albina Manning © 2011

Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate

Technique: Round wire, forming and weaving

Craft wire can be easy to work with, and it’s fun to work in colors! The following pattern is to show you how to make earrings that remind me of leaves from a birch tree (one of my favorite trees). Of course, if you change the shape of the base-wire frame, you could make leaves to resemble almost any type of flower or tree leaf you would like. I used sea foam green-toned wire, but you could use any color you would like.

Materials

    The measurements below will make two 1 ½ (4cm) long leaves:

  • 18-gauge round dead soft craft wire, 1 foot (30 cm)
  • 26-gauge round dead soft craft wire, 8 foot (2.4 meters)
  • 1 pair ear wires

Tools

Instructions

  1. To make a frame, begin by straightening one 6″ (15cm) length of 18-gauge wire. About one third of the way up from one end, curve the wire around the dowel so where the wire crosses itself it forms a leaf shape with a 7mm tail overlapping the longer end.Birch Leaf EarringsLine Break
  2. To make a matching pair of leaves, repeat Step 1 with the remaining 18-gauge wire and set this second frame aside.
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  3. Where the wires overlap, use chain nose pliers to grab the long wire and begin bending it closely over the shorter tail. Before crimping the bend tight, make sure this longer wire is in the center of the leaf shape, forming the midrib (the central vein in a leaf).
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  4. Cut one 4-foot (1.2m) length of 26-gauge wire. This will now be called the wrapping wire. Leaving a 1″ (25mm) tail, wrap this wire twice around the frame as shown.
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  5. Push the wraps just made toward the “corner” of the frame. Now bring the wrapping wire over and under the midrib wire wrapping once, forming the first “vein.”
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  6. Return to the short tail remaining on the wrapping wire, and wrap this tail around the opposite frame twice. Trim the wire close to the frame (red arrow).
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  7. Now bring the longer wrapping wire under the frame wire (green arrow) forming the second vein and wrap twice.Birch Leaf Earrings Birch Leaf EarringsLine Break
  8. Continuing to use the wrapping wire, wrap it around the midrib wire once (as described in Step 5).
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  9. Next, wrap the wrapping wire twice around the frame and then repeat Steps 7 and 8 on the opposite side. And then wrap the wire around the frame three times.
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  10. Continue wrapping in segments of 3, until you almost reach the end of the midrib. Now, make 5 wraps on each side.Birch Leaf EarringsLine Break
  11. Finish the wrapping by making 8 to 10 wraps on the frame and then wrap the wrapping wire over the midrib wire. Continue wrapping until you reach the last vein. Trim and tuck the end of the wrapping wire.Birch Leaf Earrings Birch Leaf EarringsLine Break
  12. To finish the tip of the leaf, use chain nose pliers to carefully bend the 7mm tail under the “corner” as shown.Birch Leaf Earrings Birch Leaf EarringsLine Break
  13. This step is optional: Using your thumb, press gently on the midrib to form a curve.
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  14. To complete this earring, use round nose pliers to form a small connection loop in the last wire end and attach your favorite ear wire.Now repeat Steps 3 through 14 to make the second earring.Birch Leaf Earrings Birch Leaf Earrings

Have fun making these Birch Leaf Earrings – and don’t forget to pick up your colored wire today!

Happy Wrapping!

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip April 15th, 2015

REMINDER – ONLY 15 DAYS LEFT!

We are still accepting submissions for our “Think Spring” contest but the closing date of April 30 is quickly approaching! If you haven’t submitted your entry – do it today by sending it to us at contest@wire-sculpture.com. Contest entries will be judged from May 1 – 7th and winners will be announced May 8th.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CONTEST RULES

Don’t forget… All of of our OOAK Gemstones, Pendants, OOAK Druzy Cabochons and Designer OOAK Cabochons are 30% off during the contest!

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Here are a few OOAK stones that you could use for your contest piece:

Pick Your OOAK – Plan Your Winning Design Today!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Featured Product of the Week for April 13, 2015

This week we feature our Euro Power Punch Plier #PLR-137.00

Many jewelry crafts require that you punch holes into items such as copper, silver, thick plastic, and more. These hole punch pliers will help you do the job with ease. Today we feature our Euro Power Punch – our pride and joy. This tool will punch holes in 7 different sizes, and can even punch through a penny!

Euro Power Punch Plier:

 


 

 

The Euro Power Punch Plier packs a big punch. Let the tool do all the work with the specially designed compound action and hardened cutting dies. Punch through thick metal with ease. Can be used on metal up to 16 gauge. Comes complete in a lightweight carrying case with handle.The cutting dies and punches are made of hardened steel and each punch and die is individually marked with size for ease and accuracy.

Comes with 7 sizes:

  • 3/32″
  • 1/8″
  • 5/32″
  • 3/16″
  • 7/32″
  • 1/4″
  • 9/32″
  • Replacement punch and die sets are available.

 

Additional helpful Items:

Euro Punch Plier – Square 5 1/4 inches

Our 1.5mm square hole punch pliers will punch copper or silver as thick as 22 gauge. With ergonomic handles and tempered replaceable pin, these pliers will save you time and money. The pliers are made of thick carbon steel and come with an extra replaceable pin.

Euro Punch Plier, Square, 5-1/4 Inches||PLR-134.10

Euro Tool Leather Plier:

Unique tool, made of stainless steel, features a hardened rotating wheel allowing the user to cut hole sizes from 0.80 to 2.0mm. Great for leather and other soft materials, pliers are box-jointed with a return spring for ease of handling. Length 6-1/4″ (160mm).

Sheet Metal Stamping Shapes and Sheet:

Need copper sheets or sterling silver sheets to hammer a pattern into? Jewelry Tools proudly carries green silver. Our silver wire and sheets are made from 100% reclaimed silver, never from mined sources. You can rest assured that no harm came to the environment or any people in the making of this wire; it is 100% recycled silver wire!

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Take a look at our most popular Euro Power Punch Plier Today!

Happy Wrapping!

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Wire Jewelry Tip April 10, 2015

NEW DVD by Eva Sherman -

Loopy Wire Wrap Freeform Pendant DVD and Supply Kit

There are few things more exciting than learning a new jewelry-making technique, right? But as exhilarating as this can be at the beginning, do you ever find yourself getting a little frustrated with all of the rules you have to follow?

Do you ever start feeling limited and hemmed in? Do you ever wish you could learn a technique that really lets you unleash your creativity?

Eva Sherman and “Freeforming” to the Rescue!

One of the World’s Foremost Jewelry-Design Experts Explains and Demonstrates a Secret Technique That You Can Master Even If You’re Brand New to the Craft.

 

 

 

Eva has mastered many jewelry-making techniques, but in this exclusive DVD, she teaches you what she calls her most “adaptable” and “organic” technique.

She calls it “Freeforming,” and it’s a revolutionary technique that’s like a slap in the face to your jewelry-making skill set.

In this marvelous DVD, Eva uses her clear, precise, and friendly manner to explain the art of freeform jewelry-making.

But even better, she demonstrates exactly how the freeform technique works by creating this gorgeous pendant from start to finish:

Presenting Eva’s “Loopy Wire Wrap Freeform Pendant”

 

 

Eva Cover’s Every Detail, Tip and Question About Freeforming:

  • Why “mistakes” and “imperfections” are perfect for freeform jewelry
  • The ideal gauge of wire and metal backing to use
  • Why you must use a cabochon
  • Why any size, shape, or color of cabochon will work
  • What a loopy wrap is and how to make one
  • The exact tools you’ll need for the process (hint: there are only a few)
  • How the absence of rules really helps you unlock your creativity
  • The secret tips that make the technique far easier to complete
  • The correct way to add a beautiful patina and properly polish your creation
  • How freeforming can be adapted to create pendants, cuffs, rings, earrings, and more

Eva Has Perfected the Process Because She’s Made all the Mistakes

To read more about Eva’s New DVD CLICK HERE!

Pick up your copy of Eva’s NEW Loopy Wire Wrap Freeform Pendant DVD Today!

Happy Wrapping!

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip April 8th, 2015

April Birthstone – The Diamond

Diamonds – They might be more than just a girl’s best friend! As the April birthstone, diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one.

Thought to be one of the hardest substances on the globe, diamonds date back billions of years. The diamond is the traditional birthstone of April and holds significant meaning for those born in that month, thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength.

Wearing diamonds is purported to bring other benefits such as balance, clarity and abundance.  It’s also symbolic of eternal love, and those fortunate to call April the month of their birth will enjoy the following history behind this rare gem.

Adopted from the Greek work “adamas,” meaning invincible, diamonds come in a wide range of colors such as black, blue, green, pink, red, purple, orange and yellow.

The color is dependent upon the type of impurities that are present in the stone. Yellow stones have minuscule traces of nitrogen while blue ones contain boron.

It’s uncertain how the specific months became connected with the various stones. This started the tradition of wearing a colored stone each month as a sort of good luck charm. Initially people wore all twelve stones, rotating according to the month of the year to derive the greatest benefit of each stone.

History surrounding the Diamond:

Sansktrit texts dating back before 400 BC found that people associated significant value with crystals. The diamond trading business flourished around the 15th century with the opening of the Eastern trade routes.

Healing Powers of Diamonds:

During the middle ages, diamonds were thought to hold healing powers and to cure ailments from the brain and by heating the crystal and taking it to bed, it was thought to draw out the harmful toxins that were crippling the body.

The Love of the Diamond:

The diamond as the April gemstone has garnered the hearts of many and is the most coveted crystal to date. Deemed as the King of all birthstones, diamonds make the ideal choice for an April birthday gift.

If you’re an artist who enjoys making birthstone jewelry, then this is the item for you! Instead of picking out each individual birthstone we’ve put them all together in one convenient birthstone set. You can create mother’s and grandmother’s necklaces, bracelets, and rings which include each child’s birthstone. Or make individual pieces for each month. There are so many possibilities!

Birthstones Sets:

If you are working a springtime project and need findings to go along with those diamond Birthstones or Swarovski Crystals – take a look at our snapsets and settings!

Happy Wrapping!

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