Patterned Wire Chain Bracelet by Annie Kilborn

Written by Annie Kilborn

This a fun and simple project for making a chain bracelet or necklace using decorative patterned wire. I chose the “Copper Triple” 16 gauge patterned wire for this project. However, we carry many different wires in various patterns and metals that will be great for this project. There are some options listed below. You can also alternate multiple decorative wires to offer more variation.

Materials used. These are listed below with corresponding links.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you have chosen the decorative pattern, decide how long or what part of the pattern you would like to use for the segments of the chain. It is best if the segments do not exceed one inch in length. Longer segments will hinder the kinetics of the bracelet or necklace. Use a marker or scribe to mark where you would like to divide the patterned wire. Plan out where you want to drill your holes. You will need one hole on each end of the segment. Use a center punch to mark where your holes will be, and drill them out. It is easier to drill your holes in the long pattern wire before you cut it into segments. This gives you more surface area to hold onto while drilling. I used a #60 drill bit to accommodate the18 gauge round copper wire jump rings. After the holes are drilled, you can use a jewelers saw or wire cutters to divide up the patterned wire. Use a file to clean up the ends of the wire were you cut, and then polish to give a smooth edge.

I used a Fretz raising hammer to give a light hammer texture to the wire. This gives the refined wire a unique look. After hammering the wire, I gave each segment a slight bend to help work with the curvature of the wrist. If you are making a necklace leave the pieces flat. I also gave the clasp a hammer texture in some of the areas to help it pair with the patterned wire on the chain. This also helps the look vary from its manufactured aesthetic. I chose the “Copper Plate Toggle Clasp- Plain Leaf” for the clasp, but we carry many different clasps to choose from for this project.

I made copper wire jump rings with the “Jump Ring Maker” 4mm mandrel. You can use a saw or wire cutters to cut the jump rings. After they are cut clean up the ends with a file. Use a round needle file to clean up the drilled holes in the segments of the patterned wire. You want the jump rings to move freely in the holes. Connect all the segments and the clasp with the jump rings to finish your bracelet or necklace.  You can patina and polish the final piece to help the pattern in the wire pop. Now you have a unique chain bracelet or necklace made from a beautiful decorative patterned wire.

 

 

 

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There are also other wires we carry that can be used for this project. I have included a picture of them and their corresponding name & product code below.

 

December 1, 2017

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Wings ‘n Things Class with Carol Douglas

Written by Deb DeWolff

A big, hearty thank you to our visiting artist, Carol Douglas, for traveling across the pond (from the UK) to be with us this past weekend, November 11 and 12, 2017. Wings and Things was the focus of the class. Carol is a warm, generous and fun person with an extensive knowledge of metal clay as it pertains to jewelry and sculpture.

Carol Douglas working her magic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Struve, the creator of FS999
Lacey-Ann Struve

 

 

 

Additionally, we were thrilled to have Bill and Lacey-Ann Struve attend the class. The class used FS999™ Fine Silver Clay as the medium which is the latest wonderful product from Metal Adventures Inc.

To get our creative juices flowing, Carol led us all on a meditation, taking us on a journey intended to bring images into our minds of what we might want to create, whether it was a butterfly or moth or creature from our own imaginations. The class was not “project oriented,” but rather each of us were encouraged to create our own story and wing project with the inspirations that had come to us during the meditation.

She talked extensively about her creative process, how she makes wings for her creatures, and showed us lots of tips and tricks for working with metal clay. She helped us think in a 3D perspective regarding the visual aspect of creatures with wings.

From then on, we each worked independently with plenty of encouragement and help from Carol. Each student’s work showed their individuality and the spark that had come to them during the meditation. There were beginners as well as seasoned metal clay artists in the class and Carol was graciously attentive to each student based on their experience. Questions were welcomed, problems were solved, much fun and laughter ensued, and all of us worked diligently.

 

 

I’m having fun making!
DD, Cool Tools’ purchaser – she has recently developed a passion for metal clay!

November 16, 2017

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Deb DeWolff: EZ960® Leaf Earrings

Written by Rhonda Rein

Check out these earrings created by Deb DeWolff! Made with EZ960 Sterling Silver Clay and polymer clay, these are bezel inlaid with polymer leaf cane. Using a jig she made from polymer clay, she created these beautiful bezels with EZ960. The backs are textured with the Cool Tools Rollable Texture Tile – Flower Party. Learn how to create polymer leaf canes by watching the video here. 

May 22, 2017

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Artist Project Series: Kathy Van Kleek

Written by Rhonda Rein

unspecifiedAnother project is here for The Artist Project Series with EZ960®! We are thrilled to support Creative Fire with this process.

The fourth artist is Kathy Van Kleeck, a jewelry artist since 1994. She has created a unique ring using EZ960 Sterling Silver Clay while showing us her process step by step.
To view this process and to learn more about Kathy Van Kleek, click here                                                                                                               unspecified-1

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February 23, 2017

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