Wire Wrapping: Crazy About Coiling Wire
It’s no secret I love coiling wire! I’m the gal that’s on screen teaching the technique in Wire Coiling Secrets, and I don’t think I ever made a project for Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine that didn’t include wire coils. Imagine that scene in Buddy the Elf where Buddy says, “I just like to smile, smiling is my favorite.” Now, imagine me with just as big of a grin saying, “I just like to coil, coiling is my favorite!”
It’s not hard to see why, when you look at the amazing things coiling wire can add to your jewelry designs. It can be used to add structure, strength, and texture, without a torch or special tools. Check it out:
Structure with Coils
The Chain Shank Ring is a great example of adding structure to a piece of jewelry. The center element of this ring has height that would be difficult to achieve without coiling wire.
Strength with Coils
The Twin Twirls Bracelet is enhanced beautifully with a wire coil accent added to the core wire of the design. Not only does this accent a design element, it also adds extra strength to the core wire that will help it hold its shape.
Texture with Coils
The Painted Desert Bangle uses coiled wire in a really unique way that adds a lot of texture to the finished piece. Along with texture, embellishing the coiled wire with seed beads brings a pop of color to the piece as well.
For even more projects that are enhanced by coiling wire, grab yourself a copy of our 10 Wire Jewelry Projects with Coils & Spirals eBook. It’s packed with coiled wire (and spirals!) that will make you just as crazy for coiling wire as I am.
– Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books
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