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About this design:

Working with wire can be a big challenge, but also fun when it seems to flow off your fingers. These copper flowers were made with 18 gauge wire, forged for definition and then oxidized.

Components:

copper wire, Howlite Turquoise, ceramic beads, Irish waxed linen, and my polymer clay focal

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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh my gosh I am in love with this. I cant ever seem to achieve this artistic spare bohemian look. I keep cramming more stuff on.
    Beautiful.

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Once again FB you make me go wow!! Just love the rustic look of your pieces, and your wire working is to die for. LOVE IT!!

  3. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    One really great design!! Your copper flowers are great and I like how you used the waxed linen.

  4. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow! From the flowers to the polymer clay and beads. So pretty :) .
    Def a one of a kind piece – so bohemian.

  5. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    This is just lovely….I wish I could do wirework like this, and the focal is beautiful!

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    OMG Fabulous!!!! How does that feel on your neck ? The waxed linen is a tiny bit sticky when I work with it. Does it stay sticky?

  7. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I love how you wire wrapped the flower to incorporate the Howlite and your polymer focal is fantastic! Beautiful piece, feels light and airy for summer too.

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Lynda, loving it, have a question as always, did you do the flowers freehand or you used a jig, yours are so perfect, when I try (freehand) the shape is terrible, any advice :D

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Asia, not sure what Lynda does, but my freehand ones look awful,too. :)

  10. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks everyone. This piece was fun to make…and Asia and Becky…you did not see the wire flower that went into the scrap bin!!!

    No I do not use a jig. Actually, I use a ball point pen to bend the wire and a pair of chain nose pliers. Don’t know if I can describe the process in words, but I’ll try. Cut a long piece of wire (give yourself plenty of extra). Starting about three inches from one end, I make five flower petals in a row. A u-shaped bend around the pen, then bend the wire back down…continue until you have 5 u shapes in a row. Then I bend the piece into a flower shape. Oh, heck…
    this doesn’t even make sense to me. Maybe this is another tutorial!

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    No that totally made sense. I was thinking when I looked at them you had to be bending the wire around something round. I have a little jig & it wont make anything that curved.
    But you can still do a tutorial. :D

  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I love the rustic beauty of this design! I recently aquired some 18G copper wire at Home Depot, but thought it may not be correct for wire work. Now I know! Thanks Lynda!

  13. Laud
    Laud says:

    I’m really attracted to this piece. It has the rustic-organic feel, but it’s delicate, too. Well done!

  14. Luna Chick aka Coral
    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Love, love, love this! It makes me want to play with linen as stringing material and make my own metal focals. It is the perfect summer necklace.

  15. chicky zee
    chicky zee says:

    Fabulous!

  16. Asia
    Asia says:

    Lynda, thank you, it makes sense to me :D

  17. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Sorry, Becky…I meant to respond to your question about the waxed linen, too.
    The coating does wear away pretty quickly and I’m not bothered by the feel when wearing it. And I do love how easy the material is to work with and how tight the knots are with the waxed linen cord.

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Ah. I was thinking the wax was to make it easier to handle but then to wear off for a smooth feel. :) I did a braided bracelet which is still a bit sticky. Guess I just have to wear it more. :) I understand the directions, too, but some tuts would be nice! I have a couple of big dowels for bending around and they work well when I think to use them. :)

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