Like Wire Wrapping? Try Wire Embroidery!
|These very cool 36 gauge copper sheets from Lilly Pilly Designs open up a whole new world of design possibilities!|
|Chain stitch using wire makes a great decorative element when working with rustic style jewelry designs.|
I don't know about anyone else, but lately, I'm really getting into make rustic-style jewelry. I love the way it softens the look of metals and wire by mixing them with soft suede fabrics, leather, and silk cords. And now that I'm cranking along with my wire wrapping skills and feel confident making my own custom clasps and jewelry findings, I'm starting to experiment more with metals in my jewelry making and wire wrapping projects.
Now, I never particularly enjoyed doing traditional embroidery with thread and fabric, but when I saw these cool tutorials in Kerry Bogert's new book, Rustic Wrappings, I just had to give it a try using some of these cool copper sheets I found at Bead Fest Philadelphia from Lilly Pilly designs!
The copper sheets are thin enough that they can be cut with just an ordinary pair of craft scissors, so the design possibilities are endless! And if you feel comfortable working with wire and making wire jewelry with your basic wire wrapping skills, you can make this very cool rustic-style beaded cuff.
- 8" x 8" square of Ultrasuede, or other imitation suede fabric
- (1) 3×3 sheet, 36 gauge patina copper sheet (Lilly Pilly Designs)
- 10 feet copper wire, 28 gauge
- 5 grams seed beads, size 11o
- Beading thread of your choice
- Stiffener for the center of the cuff: plastic milk jug or poster board, cut slightly smaller than bracelet
- E6000 glue
- Clasp of your choice
- Additional beads and components for embellishment (optional)
- Embroidery scissors for cutting fabric
- Beading needle
- Small hole punch
- Wire cutters
- Looping pliers
- Size 12 beading needle
Now that I've got the basic wire embroidery techniques down, I'm thinking up all sorts of ways I can incorporate this into my jewelry making and bead-weaving projects! Using these fun copper sheets was a great introduction to working with wire and metals for me, and I have to admit, I'm totally hooked on the whole wire embroidery thing now.
Are you ready to branch out and start learning how to incorporate more metals and wire wrapping techniques into your beading projects? If you liked this little project, you'll love Kerry Bogert's Rusting Wrappings. Kerry has created twenty-five fantastic wire, metal, and bead jewelry making projects that use six different methods for adding patina to metals and wire. My favorite method for adding patina to metals and wire? Kerry's salt and vinegar potato chip recipe, of course! If you love mixing things up with your wire wrapping projects, grab a copy of Rustic Wrappings and spice up your jewelry making projects! (Or, if you just can't wait to get started, you can also download Rustic Wrappings as an eBook and read it in just minutes on your desktop or laptop computer!
What's your take on rustic style jewelry? Are you excited by the idea of learning new and easy ways to add metals to your jewelry making projects? Is there a particular technique for wire wrapping or working with metals and patinas that you want to learn next? Share your thoughts and leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog!