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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book review and project: Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders 2


I was inspired by one of the projects in Irina Miech's wonderful new book, Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders 2, to make this pendant bail.  It's not exactly the way Irina did it...I don't like making exact copies most of the time, but I want to acknowledge that the idea of using the two filigree pieces came from her.  She used two pieces that actually fit *into* the hole, so her method of joining them is quite different from mine. 

I definitely highly recommend the book for those of you who are interested in expanding your wire repertoire!  It's a beautiful Kalmbach publication, with the great pictures and clear instructions that you know you can expect from them. Irina's book is divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced projects, and with each new section you will be introduced to new interesting elements, tools, and techniques.  From making wire links using beads to wire-wrapping and simple metal fabrication, I don't think that you'll find any of the projects to be so intimidating that you won't want to try them!  Everything is mouth-watering...

Onto my project!

Materials and Tools

Murano Style Oval Pendant, Black/Red/Silver Foil Swirl, 34x60mm

Vintaj brass wire, 20 gauge, about 4 inches
2 Vintaj brass filigree pieces
Vintaj dragonfly charm
Vintaj brass jump ring

Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Small file


1. Curve the filigree pieces gently with your fingers to match the curve at the top of the pendant. Cut 4 inches of brass wire.



2. Make a small wrapped loop [LINK] around the loop of the dragonfly charm.



3. Use a jump ring to attach the two filigree pieces as the top.  Thread the wire end through the first filigree piece, the pendant hole, and through the second filigree piece.



4. Wrap a tight spiral on the back of the pendant with the brass wire.



5. Bend the wrapped loop down gently so the dragonfly hangs correctly.





As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received the glass pendant free of charge from Auntie's Beads in order to create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.


Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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