Featured Project ~ May 2009
We design creative projects with Vintaj natural brass.
Have fun wire wrapping unique shapes and patterns
with a variety of gemstones and crystals to create interest
to your designs! Blue Aragonite, Rose & Cherry Quartz,
and sparkling Padparadscha Swarovski crystals are the perfect color combination.
Natural brass beads & findings:
CL45- 24x 11mm Hook
EP15- 1.5" Eye Pin
H10- 67mm Creative Hoop
JR30- 5.25mm Jump Ring
JR40- 7.25mm Jump Ring
JR55- 10mm 16 Gauge Jump Ring
P265- 41 x 18mm Soaring Sparrow
Tools & Supplies:
Rosary Pliers (round nose pliers)
Chain nose pliers (flat nose pliers)
TSPW20- 150 Feet 24 Gauge Vintaj Bronze Wire
6mm Blue Aragonite rounds
4mm Rose Quartz irregular heishi
7mm Rose Quartz barrels
16 x 13mm Cherry Quartz faceted oval
4mm Padparadscha Swarovski crystal bicones
STEP by STEPS
Step 1: Create a beaded nest.
* Inspired by ï¿½Sparrow Nestsï¿½ by Monica Dennis in April 2009 Bead Trends.
A. Cut a 24ï¿½ length of Vintaj Bronze wire. String three 6mm round blue aragonite beads, positioning them in the center of the wire.
B. Twist the wire around the three beads so the they form a triangle.
C. Begin wrapping one side of the wire around the outside of the three beads. Wrap the beads leaving approximately 4ï¿½ of wire at the end. Wrap the other side of the wire leaving approximately 6ï¿½ of wire.
D. Thread one of the loose ends of wire up and under the ï¿½nestï¿½ of wire, wrapping around the outside coils 4-5 times. Repeat with the second loose end of wire, wrapping around 4-5 times in two places as shown. Trim excess wire. Set nest aside.
Step 2: Wire wrap creative hoop & hook.
* Inspired by ï¿½Purple Aventurine & Pearlï¿½ by Michelle Hamby in April 2009 Bead Trends.
A. Using your hands adjust the width of the creative hoop by pulling the ends away from each other, leaving approximately 5ï¿½ between looped ends.
B. Cut a 2ï¿½ length of 24 gauge Vintaj Bronze wire.
C. Anchor one end of the wire to the end of the creative hoop (near the loop) by wrapping it three times.
D. String a 4mm rose quartz gemstone and wrap the wire around the creative hoop three times.
E. Repeat step 2-D eleven times, adding a 4mm rose quartz gemstone and alternating a 4mm padparadscha crystal after every third rose quartz along the creative hoop.
F. Secure the end of the wire onto the creative hoop by wrapping the wire three times. Trim excess wire.
G. Embellish hook using the same wire wrap technique as the creative hoop alternating 4mm rose quartz gemstones and 4mm padparadscha crystals.
Step 3: Create your bead links.
A. String a 7mm rose quartz gemstone to a 1.5ï¿½ eye pin. Create a wrapped loop on straight end of wire.
B. Repeat step 3-A four times, ending up with a total of four 7mm rose quartz gemstones and one 16 x 13mm cherry quartz faceted oval.
C. Connect bead links using 5.25mm jump rings, placing the cherry quartz in the center of the rose quartz gemstones.
Step 4: Assemble necklace.
A. Attach a 5.25mm jump ring to the bird next through a single section of wire and through the front or head end of soaring sparrow''s loop. Attach a 7.25mm jump ring opposite of the first jump ring, through the opening of the coiled wire section between two beads and through the back or tail end of soaring sparrow''s loop. Use a beading awl if you need to widen the loop.
B. Attach a 5.25mm jump ring to the front or head end of soaring sparrow''s loop and through the loop of the creative hoop closest to the wrapped beads.
C. Attach a 5.25mm jump ring to the opposite end of the creative hoop and through a wrapped loop of a 7mm rose quartz gemstone section.
D. Attach a 5.25mm jump ring to the loop end of the embellished hook.
E. Attach a 10mm 16 gauge jump ring to the back or tail end of the soaring sparrow''s loop to catch the hook as the necklace clasp.
Your necklace is complete, Enjoy!
Techniques: Wrapping, Linking,