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First commissioned wire-wrapped pendant

About this design:

A customer asked me to wire-wrap an amber cabochon. It is very steeply domed and "standard" bezel securing wouldn't work. I went through several design iterations (on paper not with wire). It was crucial to not distract from the awesome, intact wasp within the amber. Because it was such a prime piece and amber is so soft, I was nervous the entire time I worked on this.


Argentium wire (22 ga round and 20 ga twisted, 24ga for wraps); 2mm snake chain; customer's amber cabochon

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Fantastic work Run with Sibes!
    You certainly accomplished your goal to keep the wasp visible and the stone secure at the same time. Your customer will be very pleased!!
    I love it!!

  2. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    I was just looking at some designer pieces on another site. Your piece is even nicer than theirs. They want hundreds of bucks. Imagine what you can get after many more

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    WOW! Beautiful job! Your customer will be thrilled with this beautiful wrapped pendant.

  4. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Spectcular wrap! No doubt about it, you’re up there with the best! :D

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Oh!! This is awesome!! Very nice!

  6. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Wow, very nice job on the wire-wrapping! AND a huge congrats on your first commissioned piece. IMPRESSIVE! SLS

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    Dora H says:

    What a professional looking wrap job !!!

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Oooh, thank you all for your super compliments. I sent the pix to the customer and have heard similar words from him via email. I make delivery tomorrow. It will be a birthday present for his wife. I happen to serve on a committee with her and it’s been interesting to be designing something for her and not be able to ask her opinion. FUN.

    Thanks again for the good words. I take them very much to heart.

  9. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    I have a similar peice of amber that I have fiddling with. I hope when I am finished it will look any where near as nice as this one. Great

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Good job. Love the bug in the amber by the way. I wonder how long it has been there? You did a very fine job on the wrap I like it.

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a stunning pendant you have created for your customer — both he and his wife are sure to be thrilled with your work, RWS!!! Congrats on the commission!!! Beautiful wireworking! :D

  12. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    this is gorgeous!

  13. Carola
    Carola says:

    Very pretty…really like it.

  14. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    It looks FANTASTIC! And I like the back view, too (really show off the wraps and the wavy line as well as the wasp). So if she accidentally puts it on bkwd, it will still look great.

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    Vee aka Dream Chickie says:

    Beautiful wirework!! And beautiful pendant! You did an amazing job! :)

  16. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    You did a fabulous job…gorgeous!! The back looks just as good as the front!! :-D

  17. Mary Magdalene
    Mary Magdalene says:

    I recently learned how to wire wrap and I am addicted to it now. You did an outstanding job. Beautiful piece of amber and you did it justice.

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