Beaded Borders Tutorial - wirework and silversmithing - wire layering, reticulation, prong setting - 2 designs described in detail

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A fun way to add some coloured, lacy detail to your wire-wrapped designs, these beaded borders are also easy to make and in this tutorial I'll show you how to have them looking perfect on two different shapes – round and pointed.
Moreover, you will see how to adjust this design to fit a prong-set stone.
I will also include some tips on silver sheet reticulation as well as my signature wire layering. These two techniques will help you lift your wire-wrapped jewellery to another level and showcase your metal-forming skills in full scope.
Finally, in a mini-tutorial you will learn how to use scraps of your reticulated silver sheet to create a nice soldered bail.

This tutorial explains 2 designs in detail and gives an insight into one variation, 2 different techniques and includes a mini tutorial for a bail.

The 10.65 MB file includes 35 pages illustrated with 68 high-resolution (300dpi) pictures. All steps are described in detail and photos have been altered to improve the overall understanding of the techniques.

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NOTE: all measurements are given in centimeters (cm).


KNOWLEGDE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS PROJECT:
- basic soldering skills – soldering silver frames, soldering simple wire prongs, balling ends of wire.
- basic to intermediate wire-wrapping skills

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:
- torch (can be a micro butane torch, I'm using Proxxon MFB/E-28146)
- soldering equipment (soldering block, solder pick, tweezers, pickle - anything you usually use to solder silver)
- chain nose pliers (preferably with tiny, precise tips)
- nylon jaw pliers
- round nose pliers
- wire cutters
- heavy duty scissors (for cutting the shape out of the silver sheet)
- hole punching piers or a fine 1mm drill
- hammer and bench block
- fine files, sanding paper sponges and other abrasives you usually use to adjust the shape of silver sheet and remove minor tool marks.
- patina of your choice (I'm using cold oxide liquid available in my country) and abrasive pads to remove the excess, if you don't want the jewellery to be solid black
- tumbler with mixed stainless steel shot to polish and harden the finished piece.

MATERIALS PER ONE PENDANT:
- a piece of sterling silver sheet – approximately 4 x 4cm, 0,4 or 0,5mm thick
- 10cm of 1,2mm (16 gauge) sterling silver wire (for the frame)
- 45cm of 0,8mm (20 gauge) fine silver wire (for wire-layering)
- 20cm (teardrop) or 60cm (marquise) of 0,7mm (22 gauge) fine silver wire (for wire-layering)
- 30cm of 0,5mm (24 gauge) fine silver wire (for stringing beads)
- 150cm of 0,4mm (26 gauge) fine silver wire (for wrapping)
- solder for the frame
- about 25 round 2mm gemstone beads with holes sufficient for 0,5mm wire (I used red coral and white howlite)
- (OPTIONAL) chain to suspend the pendant and additional beads if you want to decorate it.

NOTE: The amounts of wire may vary depending on your wrapping skills and your design ideas when it comes to the size and density of wire-layered structures - you may expand them adding more wire.

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If you have any questions concerning this tutorial, please, do not hesitate to contact me.

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PLEASE, give credit when making jewellery using the techniques you’ve learned via this lesson – it’s always nice to see your work appreciated by fellow artisans :)
Also, please, do not mass produce jewellery based on this design.
Do not share, copy, multiply or distribute this tutorial and/or any of its parts as this would constitute copyright infringement.



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very clear instructions and pictures. And I asked Iza a question and she was really very helpfull with her answer. Thank you so much Iza!
Jan 10, 2018 by Diny van de Lustgraaf
Very nice beaded borders tutorial.
Oct 20, 2017 by Carolyn Rosenbaum
Very well written. Beautiful illustrated and easy to follow.
Aug 15, 2017 by Joan
Very detailed instructions, well written and great photos.
Jul 3, 2017 by Karlyn
Thank you very much Iza! You are always inspire )
May 21, 2017 by Irina

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