Tuesday, 28 May 2013

An afternoon of wire wrapping

The necklace in my last blog post went off to a new home today, which left me with a completely bare and tidy beading desk. But not for long! As soon as I came back from the post office I tipped out my box of handmade dichroic glass cabochons. I have loads of them that are just too gorgeous all over to bezel round the edge with seed beads. This one has the most beautiful copper and peacock shades in so I selected some copper wire and settled down for an afternoon of wire wrapping. The copper wire is quite special, the frame is actually square wire and the 3 wrapped areas are done in half round. The technique holds the cab really securely yet means you can see all of it which is just what I wanted.

Wire wrapping is quite intense and you have to think quite logically and work out what order to do the wraps in. I'll be trying my hand at a different kind of wirework tomorrow, round a lovely big tumbled gemstone nugget. I think I may patinate the wire on tomorrows project with special antiquing solution...... ooh get me getting all silversmithy. It's only a matter of time before I succumb to the temptations of the blowtorch (don't tell my husband he knows how accident prone I am!)

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