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This wire wrapping tutorial provides instructions for a unique design which I have named the “Bead and V Wrap” Pattern. The instructions are for use in wire-wrapped jewelry making, and can be done with a variety of metal wire types, from craft wire, to copper, brass, bronze, silver, gold-filled and even gold. The pattern may be used to create a simple but elegant two base wire pattern, or as an element in a design of your own creation that incorporates more base wires and patterns.
This pattern, though simple, requires previous experience with basic wire wrapping terms and techniques. To achieve a consistent tension between the base wires requires that the creator maintain the position of the two base wires in a parallel placement as they work the pattern. This is especially important in the initial sections of the pattern, and may be frustrating for those unaccustomed to this level of crafting. Therefore, I suggest this is an Intermediate Level Pattern which may not be suitable for artisans at the beginner level.
The tutorial consists of an eight-step instruction with text and illustrations. I've also included photographs at various levels of completion. There are 15 pages, with large-sized photographs in line with instruction. The file is just under 940KB.
In this tutorial, I use 5mm bicone copper beads as a design element, but one can use other sizes, shapes and materials. I've used Smoky Quartz round beads with good results. Wood beads could also be used, although one would want to take into consideration how the use of a patina would affect the wood. Glass, polymer clay and/or plastic beads may work, but could be subject to shattering as the finished wire length is shaped for use in a design.
Using the instruction provided in this tutorial, one can make pendants, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and other items. Use your imagination! I'd love to see your finished works that incorporate the pattern. Feel free to post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and tag @TalismanShops.
Please note: This tutorial is for a wrapping pattern only, and does NOT include instruction for making finished pieces of jewelry. The images of finished work shown on the cover page are examples of work I have completed using the technique, and are intended only to help you visualize how you might incorporate the pattern into your own projects.