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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

 

Tip for April 18, 2014

Bubble Girl Bracelet

Spring is finally here along with a grouping of wonderful holidays, and great opportunities to create beautiful gifts. Today I’d like to feature an easy to make wire bracelet, perfect for any mother, sister, wife, cousin, aunt or grandmother.

This pattern is easy to make and can be used for any occasion, however with Mother’s Day coming up, why not customize it with some birthstone colored Swarovski crystals, Gemstone Beads or add some Tierra Cast charms (which are ON CLEARANCE right now!) for a personal touch. With so many choices, the possibilities are endless!

Bubble Girl Bracelet

Bubble Girl Bracelet

Designed by Lindi Schneck

Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: Round Wire/Forming

One of my customers was a bride who needed a special, yet inexpensive gift for her “bubble girl”, who blew soap bubbles on the happy couple after the wedding. After just a moment’s thought, I grabbed a piece of wire and voila! “Bubble Bracelet” was born! This design is very quick to make and with all of the amazing beads available today, the variation possibilities are endless. (Of course, you do not have to be a “bubble girl” to wear this.)

Materials

**Tip: When choosing your supplies, make sure that your bead choices fit onto your chosen wire gauge, (18-gauge being the stronger choice of the two options).

Tools

Instructions

  1. Formula = wrist + ½-inch. Straighten, clean, then measure and cut a piece of wire Formula length + 3-inches.Line Break
  2. Measure 1¼” from one end of wire and mark. Use either the small side of double barrel pliers or the largest section of round-nose pliers; make a wrapped loop with this shorter end.
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  3. Divide your Formula measurement in half.  Using this new number, measure from the bottom of the loop just made toward the open end and mark.
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  4. Put your embellishments/beads on a scrap wire and measure their total length.
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  5. Divide the embellishment measurement by 2, and use this distance to mark to each side of the center mark on the bracelet wire.
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  6. Use a pin vise to twist a 1-1/2 inch piece of 22g square wire, (this is a great use for a scrap). At one end of this twisted wire, use the small tip of round-nose pliers to form a small loop that will ‘just’ fit over the bracelet wire gauge.
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  7. Making sure your bracelet wire JUST fits into this loop cut the excess wire from the loop, forming a ‘bead’. You will need to make two of these, which will be holding your embellishments in place.
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  8. Put one of those loop ‘beads’ on the mark closest to your closed wrapped loop, and crimp it into place with either flat-nose pliers or a crimping tool.  Add the chosen bead embellishments and crimp the other ‘twisted bead’ on the opposite end, to hold the center beads in place.
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  9. From the open end of the bracelet wire, measure ¾-inch and mark. Use a chasing hammer to flatten this segment of wire, on the same plane as the end loop/eye.
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  10. To form the hook, use the tips of round-nose pliers to form a tiny curl at the flattened end of the wire.  Replace round-nose pliers at a larger segment of the jaw, immediately under the curl just formed and roll the wire in the opposite direction, forming a hook.
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  11. Begin shaping the bracelet by bending it around a form and ‘walking’ your fingers on the wire, teasing it slowly into an oval. Carefully make a little bend with your chain-nose pliers in the wire at each side of the hook and eye, finishing the shape.
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  12. Finished Bracelet
    Bubble Girl Bracelet

I think I”ll make one of these for my mother. I know she’ll love it! I hope you do too.

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for April 16, 2014

This week’s featured video tool tip is about the 360 Degree Mandrel Vise, VIS-105.00

Today, Kate Richbourg shows us how to use the 360 Degree Mandrel Vise. I’ve featured this set below. Feel free to browse our other Mandrels and Bench Vises. I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for your workbench!

 


 

Demonstration by Kate, JewelryTools.com

This week’s featured tool from JewelryTools.com is the Essential Dapping Set VIS-105.00

The perfect tool to free up your hands so you don’t have to hold your ring mandrel, this 360 degree mandrel vise is perfect for your work desk or bench.

Vise ONLY, Ring Mandrel not included.

Price: $19.95

Click below to see this
360 Degree Mandrel Vise without Mandrel
VIS-105.00
available on JewelryTools.com:

Other Tools you may find useful:

Bezel Mandrel, Oval, 11 inches

MAN-167.00

Brass Hammer

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for April 14, 2014

This week’s New Product is the 20 x 15 Inch Padded Work Mat – MAT-620.00

How many of you use a work mat in either your beading or wire wrapping? A work mat is one of those “essential” work bench helpers. They keep your beads and small items from rolling onto the floor, and come in all shapes, sizes an textures. Today I want to introduce you to the newest addition to our tools.  Take a look – I think you will love it!

NEW PRODUCT:

20 x 15 Inch Padded Work Mat

  • This sturdy, durable padded work mat has a non-skid backing for a clear, level and comfortable work surface.
  • Handy ruler at bottom makes measuring quick and convenient while working on projects.
  • Nice, large size to accommodate tools and accessories.
  • Measures 20″ x 15″.
  • Price: $9.95

If you are a wire wrapper or a beader, you know that work mats are a must and this is a great option for anyone who measures and cuts wire frequently due to  the handy ruler at the bottom!   If you are working on your spring projects, this would be a great addition to your workbench. I’ve also suggested a few other items that might help you “get organized” as you begin moving into the busy summer season!

Wire-Wrapping/Beading Work station

  • Two shelf organizer for tools, beading string, wire, etc.
  • Lower shelf has an attached ruler for quick measurements while the top shelf has 10 hooks underneath for hanging cord, or wire.
  • The dowels on top hold pliers, cutters, scissors, tweezers, shears, and much more.
  • This station is made entirely of wood. Takes just 1 screwdriver and 10 minutes to assemble. 22 L x 6 3/4 W x 15 H (When Fully Assembled)

Black Zippered Tool Case – Large

  • Great for storing all of your cutters and pliers with space for at least 6 pairs of tools.
  • Additional spaces for smaller tools and accessories.

24 Compartment Professional Beaders Organizer

  • 24 Compartment Professional Beaders Organizer.
  • Easy to pull beads from the curved bottom. – measures 15 inches x 9.2 inches x 2 inches ,heavy duty plastic.

If you’re just getting started in the world of jewelry,  CLICK HERE for a great article on our blog that might help give you some helpful hints on setting up “your” space, and now that you’ve got your tools and your workspace set up -  don’t’ forget the WIRE!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

 Tip for April 11, 2014

2014 Craft Wire Contest Submissions

Today I wanted to feature all of submissions that came to us for our Craft Wire Creation Contest. We had so many amazing entries and we wanted to share them all with you. Thank you to everyone who sent in their pieces!

Atlantic Beauty

Autumn Canyon

Black Cat Wire Ring Holder

Bleeding Heart Pendant

Casey’s Wedding

Coiled Blues

Color Riot

Crystal Blue

Encircle My Heart

Fire Masquerade

Frosty Silver Sea Horse

Heart in Hand Necklace

I’d Like to be under the Sea

Inca Princess

LIfe’s Hourglass

Lotus Rising

Necklace

Necklace

New Beginnngs Keepsake Box

Nostalgia

One with Nature

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Painted Butterfly

Peaceful Pond

Puntuation all wrapped up

Queen

Royal Flush

Shoe Pendant

Spring Garden

Spring Solar Burst

The Mermaid’s Spiral Dance

MBB

Tree of LIfe

Wire Crocheted Sea

Wire Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you again to everyone who submitted their pieces. We look forward to seeing more from all of you in the future.

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

 

Tip for April 9, 2014

Craft Wire Contest Winners!

We’ve held contests in the past that focus on very specific things, like Snowflakes and Druzies BUT this contest was to show off your CREATIVITY using craft wire!

From all of here at Wire-Sculpture, we would like to thank everyone who submitted projects. They were all very creative and we had a difficult time deciding who would win, but here are the most creative and beautiful of the craft wire creations submitted!

And the winners are…

1st Place Winner entitled:

Wire Bonsai Oak Tree

Created by: Ronald Hollar

This is an original design made from 24 gauge round Amber & Green enameled wire and Super Sculpey Clay.

Tree is 3.5 x 2.5 tall

Receiving:
$500 Gift Card to Wire-Sculpture.com

2nd Place Winner entitled:

Big Blue 1965 Corvette

Created by: Barbara Swaggerty

The corvette was made from 20 & 22 gauge Round Silver Plated Pacific Blue, Black and Silver Copper Craft Wire.

Receiving:
DVD Series of Choice

3rd Place Winner entitled:

Wrapped in Elegance

Created by: Linda Taylor-Ricci

The pendant was was created with 22 gauge round copper base wire and woven with 28 gauge copper base metal craft wire around a 15mm white agate flat-bead.

It was finised off with copper and amethyst beads on the bottom.

Receiving:
DVD Series of Choice

Congratulations to our winners!

I will be featuring the rest of our submissions in our next blog, so be sure to check back to see the rest of the beautiful creations that were sent to us.

Happy Wrapping!

 

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