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Something Borrowed Something Blue


About this design:

I am continuing in my journey to add to my wire skills, and I found a book by Cindy Wimmer, "The Missing Link". It is all about making wire links. I had just ordered several spools of 16g & 18g wire from LB, which is perfect for most of the links in the book. So after I practiced with copper wire, I decided to make a design using the "basic hoops" link. If it is possible for finger tips to be bruised, mine sure are! After making 1 large & small loop link, and 8 small loops, my fingers were done!

Then I went to the bench block and hammered them all out. I wanted to connect them, but didn't have any jump rings I liked, so I made those as well! Once I got it together then I had to make the focal. More wire wrapping, but the fine wire is easier. I made a large loop to mimic the smaller ones in the chain, wrapped it & added small beads. I almost put a large gemstone bead in the center - should I? My friend at work thinks it needs a stone. I like the little charms, just a splash of color.

Components:

LB Artistic wire in 16g antique bronze, 24g antique bronze.

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  1. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    This is great! I can just imagine what your fingers feel like. Amazing work..score!!!

  2. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    This is great! Would love it if you would do step by step directions for this.

  3. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Noooo! Its perfect the way it is! I think a gemstone would take away from the wonderful wirework! I have that book too and you did a fabulous job with the loops. Love the focal too! Leave it!

  4. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    I have that book too. Your work is incredible.

  5. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Fabulous work, Cindy ! Hope your fingers have recovered – - -

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Cindy, This is absolutely beautiful! I too have begun working with wire–and I have a long way to go in achieving the level of skill that you have shown in this piece. I was practicing with some 16ga wire I picked up at HDepot before moving on to the Artistic I purchased from Lima. My bird pendant ended up sadly looking like a duck and not my sketch! I guess “practice makes perfect?” You’ve done a fantastic job and have achieved a great look–don’t change a thing!

  7. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Thank you all for the lovely words! My fingers have recovered a bit.

    Crystal – yes, practice…you should see some of the links I have created while practicing! Sometimes the first one looks pretty good, then I try to repeat it and yeesh! Cindy Wimmer says in the book that no two types of wire feel the same when you work with them, and you find that out when practicing. When you understand how the wire moves, hardens, reacts, then you can tame it! Or else smack it a bit with a hammer. :D

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    What a lot of work this is, Cindy. Hope your fingers are better now :) Your large and small links are just so awesome, and the little dangles on the focal are perfect! Beautiful work, Cindy!

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Cindy, thanks for the tips–I’ll keep practicing, and I’ll have my hammer ready to ‘smack’ away at any unruly wire! :) (Haven’t figured out how to put the smiley faces in yet!)

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Wow, o.k.–I guess a colon and a parentheses automatically puts a smiley in for you! Cool!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Her links are fantastic, I usually anneal the wire to save my hands :D

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Asia-Could you explain your method? i.e. how much/long do you heat it, do you quench, how do you work harden after? Can you anneal without changing the color of the metal? How much does it increase workability? There are no definitive answers to some of these questions on the Internet so I’d love to hear the procedure you use as your work always looks fabulous.

  13. ErinM31
    ErinM31 says:

    This is really lovely and I am seriously tempted to buy the book! :D I am on the fence about adding a bead to the focus. For sure you would not want to detract from the exquisite wire-wrapping… I think I would leave it as is. :) Hope your fingers have recovered!

  14. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great wire work Cindy!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Beautiful! And Love those links, Cindy! Leave it as it is!

    I have the very same questions as Gail! I’m sure it’s all in a book (or tute) somewhere. Any one have a favorite/easy source?

    (HA! My spell check wanted to change tute to tutu!) :-D

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I think that round focal looks like an antique clock face. I think this is perfect!!! I love all your links, too!

  17. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Great book and nice work. A+

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