Learn How to Make Wire Jewelry: Designs for Making Wire Jewelry with 6 Wire Jewelry Making Techniques
I’ve gained a new passion and respect for wire jewelry in the past two years, and it’s largely due to discovering how versatile wire and wire jewelry making is. In fact, I’d go so far as to say there’s almost no jewelry to be made without the use of at least some kind of wire … and learning how to make wire jewelry is easier than you think!
Let’s test that theory. Of course there’s chain maille jewelry, made up of jump rings which are made of wire. There’s beadwork and strung jewelry, but unless it’s strung on elastic cord, you’ll need a clasp or closure (which is easily made with heavy-gauge wire), and you’re probably attaching those with jump rings—wire again. No closures in rings, true, but the shanks are most likely heavy-gauge wire—possibly flat or half-round wire, but wire nonetheless. Metal jewelry—bracelets, pendants, necklaces—almost all require jump rings and/or some form of wire for their bails, closures, or clasps, if they’re not wire-wrapped jewelry, which of course is almost entirely composed of wire. If your jewelry has a dangle, it likely has a wire headpin or an eye pin, and you can’t have earrings without ear wires.
Wire in some form and some gauge is everywhere in jewelry making, and whether your jewelry simply has a few wire components for functionality or is made up almost entirely of wire, a successful jewelry maker needs wire jewelry skills and wirework techniques in his/her jewelry-making repertoire. Our free eBook, Learn How to Make Wire Jewelry: Designs for Making Wire Jewelry with 6 Wire Jewelry-Making Techniques, is the perfect place to learn.
Wire jewelry making is a great way to make stunning jewelry designs using simple techniques for combining wire and other elements without soldering. Wire-wrapped jewelry is a favorite among today’s jewelry makers because you only need a few basic wire-wrapping tools, your wire, and any gemstones or beads you want to include. Download these 6 free projects to learn how to make wire jewelry and explore various versatile techniques. This free eBook comes with complete step-by-step wire jewelry instructions as well as material and tool lists. Once you try these great wire jewelry patterns, you’ll be hooked. Grab your pliers, cutters, hammers, and bench blocks now – you’re just minutes away from creating one-of-a-kind pieces.
With the free downloadable tutorial, Learn How to Make Wire Jewelry: Designs for Making Wire Jewelry with 6 Wire Jewelry-Making Techniques, you’ll master wire jewelry-making techniques in minutes and be wearing your new wire jewelry creations in no time. Here’s an overview of the six great wire jewelry projects from the eBook—two bracelets, two pendants, and two necklaces.
Learn how to make wire jewelry with these FREE projects:
How to Make a Wire Wrapped Necklace
Concerto Necklace by Cindy Wimmer
This is a great project to use those ceramic, lampwork, or clay beads you’ve been saving. This necklace design incorporates both coils and spirals, two classic wire working techniques. The coils and spirals are used as hooks to link the elements into a beautiful and sophisticated necklace. The beads of your choice are attached using a wire loop on the ends of each wire. The final piece can be oxidized if you desire.
How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant
Beading Heart Pendant by Sonja Kiser
Make this heart-shaped classic wire wrap into your own pendant, following these fun wire-wrapping jewelry instructions. Explore the creative possibilities by changing the bead colors or styles to match an outfit, or to celebrate a special occasion and add your own personal style to the wire design. Grab your wire wrapping tools and have fun!
How to Make a Wire Bracelet
Swirls and Whirls by Pepper Mentz
Create this hammered link, wire wrap bracelet using heavy gauge silver. Get inspired, variations are limited only by your imagination. This piece could easily be embellished with glass beads. You may also decide that you like the look of the wire design without the pounded effect. Here’s a springboard for creativity.
How to Make a Chainmaille Necklace
Floating Crystal Cube Necklace by Joyce Tromp
This chain maille weave is called captive inverted round, and is often seen with rings in the center instead of beads. Since it is basically a circular netting, you can put just about anything that will fit inside, depending on the size and gauge of the rings. Crystal cubes work well, because the corners of the cube inside the circular shape of the chain hold them in place, creating a "floating" bead.
DIY Wire Bracelet
Timeless Turquoise and Elegant Onyx by Carol Dean Naukam
This versatile bracelet, called Timeless Turquoise, incorporates sterling, copper, and rectangular turquoise beads. The beads are outlined in 18g silver and accented with intricately woven 24g copper. Sophisticated wire wrapping creates the durable clasp as an integral part of the design. Vary the wire gauge and bead selection to transform this bracelet from subtle feminine elegance to classic masculine style. This project combines intermediate to advanced wire wrapping jewelry techniques.
DIY Wire Pendant
Wire Wrapped Malachite Pendant by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
This wire-wrapped jewelry pattern uses a classic technique that was designed with square Argentium Silver.The beautiful shades of green that swirl, bend, blossom, and bulls-eye in malachite almost demand to be set in sterling silver. Because malachite is a copper mineral that can scratch easily and can be difficult to polish, Dale planned to carefully polish by hand and then highlight its natural beauty using Argentium silver wire wrapping.
What are you waiting for? Grab your pliers and wire cutters, because you’re just minutes away from creating the stylish jewelry designs in Learn How to Make Wire Jewelry: Designs for Making Wire Jewelry with 6 Wire Jewelry-Making Techniques.