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Blue Velvet Wraps


About this design:

Made this pair of wire wrapped briolette earrings this morning while making a tutorial for this technique...rustic wire wrapping. If you are interested in trying it out, I'd appreciate some feedback on the tutorial. Too much, too little info, what needs clarifying. Appreciate it! And if you'd like, I'd love to see your creations posted on LB.

http://freshbakeddesigns.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/tuesday-morning-tutorial-and-invitation/

Lynda

Components:

22 gauge copper wire, faceted glass briolettes



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Very pretty! My wire wrapping never looks that good.

  2. Charmed4Life aka Marysu
    Charmed4Life aka Marysu says:

    I thought your tute was very good! Everybody’s directions are a little different and I’m game to try them all as I am just learning how to do this! Good thing the wire is not $$$!

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Dang you are good!!! :) Gonna try it your way, post it later. :)

  4. chicky zee
    chicky zee says:

    These are pretty!

  5. Kate
    Kate says:

    Oooh, I love the look of that wire against the glass. It makes me think of something dainty and beautiful in an industrial setting.. Industrial chic? :-) hmm somethin’ like that..

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Beautiful!! I just went & looked at your tute. While I haven’t tried it yet I would say that it is easily understandable, your photos are great & show exactly what you are saying & your directions are perfect (neither too wordy nor vague).

  7. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks, ladies! If you do give the tutorial a try out and have a minute for some feedback, I’d be grateful.

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    FYI…I decided to host a little give away of a wire wrapped briolette necklace on my blog site. Closes May 29th.

  9. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    I posted on your blog and will here. The tutorial is great. Easy to follow.
    I’ve been practicing. :) I tried both 22 and 24 gauge wire. The 24 worked better for me.

    I’ll post pictures. Thanks again

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Kate is right, It definitely has that “industrial chic” look.
    Great color, excellent design! :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I read your tute and found it very easy to follow!
    And must agree with Kate and LRC, love the Industrial chic look of these earrings!

    Making the wrapped loop first….genius! Thank you for that little tidbit, now I won’t have 2 tails to hide! :-D
    Also thank you for giving us the wire length, sometimes that is the hardest part to figure out….hate it when my wire is too short or too long! ;-)

    Gonna’ have to break down and get some liver of sulfur. (Just wish there was a less toxic way of oxidizing metal!!!) Any suggestions out there?!

  12. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks for that tutorial,FB. I would never have guessed about the “loop first” method. I’ll give it a try,when I get the right kind of wire,and I’ll post results,if they’re “web worthy.” ;)
    The earrings are lovely,and I have some very similar glass brios.

  13. Kate
    Kate says:

    Mary S– You could try using Swellegant instead of LOS. These are slightly acidic and shouldn’t be ingested or anything, but at least they don’t smell quite as strong (capital P. U.) as Liver of Sulfer, I don’t think! Swellegant makes solid color dyes as well as patina effects: http://www.limabeads.com/Using.....orants-T78

  14. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Hi, Mary. There are other ways to get the oxidized look without the smell of LOS stinking up your house. Silver Black is one product that I know of and another is a more ‘natural’ method using hot hard boiled eggs (the sulphur fumes do the work here). Here one link that explains this home remedy.

    http://www.beadinghelpweb.com/.....ze-silver/

    Lynda

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thanks Lynda and Kate! :-D
    I’ll take a closer look at Swellegant.

    Lynda, thank you for the ‘egg link’! I had heard of it but didn’t know the “recipe” until now. I’ll give it a try!
    As for Silver Black, I looked it up….it is also toxic, so no deal there.

  16. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing. For those looking for the dark wire, the same company that makes the copper you show in the tutorial makes a dark annealed steel wire product in 22 gauge. I am not a big fan of LOS so this has worked for me and I have all 3 gauges they offer.

  17. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    I too am a huge fan of annealed steel wire for jewelry projects. After removing the black powder coating on the wire by a good scrubbing with fine sandpaper, it does mimic the look of oxidized sterling silver wire. That said, there are two important things to know regarding its use. First, it’s very stiff and may not be suitable in this project. But, hey, give the small gauge wire a try! Second, it needs to be treated or it will rust (maybe you’d like that look!)
    A protective spray or coat of Renaissance Wax is needed to prevent the rust.

  18. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love thgese Lynda. Beautiful and rustic! Will give the tute a look!

  19. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Looks great!
    I always think of this style of wrap as ‘birds-nest wrap’.
    I like to work off the spool, to cut down on waste… and you don’t have to worry about not having enough wire..
    This would work if you slide the brio onto the wire, slide far enough to be out of the way, and make the wrapped loop. Then slide the brio into position, and continue as in your tutorial.

  20. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lynda, I love the wire wrapping you’ve done here! I also love that shade of blue….. :D

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