Friday, September 19, 2008

Wrapping Up

Twisting Wire, Loopy Wrapping
I've been practicing my wire wrapping, trying to learn ways to use some of my patterned round beads.

I didn't want to start with some of my favorite beads, I've learned that the first few attempts might be less than perfect, to say the very least.

So I got out some old beads I made a long while back and started playing with the wire, trying to teach myself ways to enclose the beads and make an interesting chain.

I hope as I learn and practice it will go more quickly, it took me several hours of fitting and fidgeting to get this small length of chain.

Not completely happy with it, but I did learn a lot. I want to be able to make a bracelet using this type of bead, and I have some graduated sized beads in the expeditionD shop now, a set of five, that would be fun to do this way.

Needless to say these will be for me to keep as practice pieces, they are very rough and I know I can do better as I practice. But it was fun, and I enjoy learning and trying new things. I will extend the length with other types of chain link wire and make a bracelet.

I want to take some of the zephyr bead rounds and enclose them in wire wrapping like this, to make a pendant.


Anonymous said...

I like the look! It reminds me of lassos or braided rope! Hearkens back to times at the Stockyards.

LLYYNN said...

I wouldn't have thought of that, but now that you said it, it does kind of look like rope tricks, doesn't it?

The beads are from some of my batik canes I made a long time ago, and a checkerboard pattern cane.

Lorelei said...

Your beads are gorgeous, I like them!

Amanda said...

Ohh, the Zephyrs would look so beautiful in that kind of wrapping! Congratulations on a very nice-looking wrap. (: I like the twisting of the wire in the loops.

LLYYNN said...

Thanks, Lorelei. I still have those canes, they last forever, I want to start using them again. They take so long to make but you get so much mileage out of them.

I'm using the darkened steel wire, Amanda, and doubling it up. My hands feel stronger already for working with the wire. I wanted them thick and chunky, then figure out that means hefty - puts the WORK in the wirework, LOL.