Monday, January 30, 2012

Little Bird Dangle Pendant

Here is another project idea.
Use a 1" textured ceramic leaf bead
as a focal point to wire wrap a
dangling bird pendant.
Connect diverse elements with
wire to make a whole.
Supplies: 22g antique brass Para wire
Small leaf charm & fluted metal bead: Hobby Lobby
Bird charm: Share Living on Etsy
Reversible Ceramic Leaf Bead: Shaterra Clay
Leaf Charm Dangle: Rings N' Things

These ceramic leaf beads are reversible.

Use the Multi leaf side or the single leaf side.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wire Wrapped Dragonfly Ceramic Donuts

Ceramic donuts are fun to wire wrap!
I love the glaze combo on this brown, green, gold and
black donut.  The brass looks great with it.
It also looks great with wood. I wire
wrapped with 22g square antique brass
Para wire.

On this one I used 2 wires together, one round and
one square. I made the bail first,
then started wrapping.  Grab the wire
with needle nose pliers and turn the
pliers to make the notches in the wire
This also tightens and secures the wire.

This donut has a large opening. Just add a hammered wire pin
 to make a great shawl pin.  Then it can be worn
as either a pin or a pendant, with the bail at the top.
I got the wonderful brass dragonflies on Etsy.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Project Idea - Wire Wrapped Leaf Earrings

Here is another project idea with free instructions.
You will need
2 ceramic leaf texture beads
2 antique brass leaf charms
22g antique brass wire
4 fluted metal beads (Hobby Lobby)
2 ear wires
2 hammered ant brass loop connectors (Hobby Lobby)
needle nose pliers
wire cutters
plastic jaw pliers
round nose pliers

Cut 2 12" pieces of wire and add a leaf charm, bend wire in half.
Twist the wire to secure the leaf.

Twist one wire around the side of the connector, up through top loop; add ear wire and make a wrapped loop using round nose pliers
Use the extra wire to make a spiral at the top with the plastic jaw pliers.

Thread a metal bead, ceramic bead, and metal bead on the other wire.  Wrap it aroung the top of the connector, and then down around the side, ending at the bottom.  Make another spiral at the bottom with the extra wire.  Repeat for second earring.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Free Tutorial/Change It Up

Here is the same design, but I have changed the wire to copper, the beads to butterflies, the ceramic beads to textured emerald green,  and the leaf dangles to antique copper

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Friday Art Walk

Happy New Year!  And once again it is time for the First Friday Art Walk.  I am offering 10% off this Friday thru Sunday with coupon code BOCFFAW.
I am planning some project posts for this month, starting this weekend.  Check back starting Monday for some free wire wrapped and ceramic component project ideas, such as the wire wrapped ceramic donut necklace shown here.