Friday, 26 August 2016

Wire Cornettos

Hip hip hooray! It's a Bank Holiday in the U.K.!
It's hot! It's scortcho!
So, what comes to mind ... ice cream ... cornets!
(In my best Italian soprano singing voice, to the tune of
"O sole mio",  I will try and sing:
"juss wun cornetto, geevit tu me!"

WIRE CORNETTO TUTORIAL

This quick wire make, is a good beginner's project. All you need
is one feature bead, some 0.8mm (20-gauge) wire and your usual
range of pliers, plus a hammer and steel block.

So without any more ado, let's get started!

STEP: UNO



















Cut 2 x 10"-12" (30cm approx.) lengths of 0.8mm wire.
Place each length on your steel block and hammer with
your Whammer, randomly along the lengths.
However, DO NOT HAMMER about 1" (2.5cm) of each
of the ends of each length.

STEP: DUE
















Place one of the un-hammered ends in the tips of your
round nosed pliers, and begin wrapping the flattened wire
around one of the tapered steel cones of the tool.

STEP: TRES

















Continue wrapping all the wire around the steel cone, up and
down, until you have used it up. Remove the wire unit from
the tool and push the projecting end into a gap within the cone,
so that there are no spiky ends visible. Repeat steps 'uno-to-tres'
to create another similar wire cornetto!

STEP: QUATTRO






















Thread one of your wire cornetto's onto the end of a spool of
0.8mm wire, followed by your chosen feature bead and then,
your second wire cornetto. Ensure that the widest part of
your cornetto unit is facing the central bead.

STEP: CINQUE
















Using your your round nosed pliers, create a double loop at the
very ends of each of the cornetto units. Now, you are ready to
connect it to a chain, cord, ribbon or, as I have done (above),
some thicker gauge wire, to create a choker style necklace.

Here are a few other samples of jewellery using this technique:


















It's a great way of making a simple bead necklace to match any
outfit. Just attach to a ready made chain on each side and you are
ready to go!


















IF ... you happen to own a CONTASTIC tool, you can wrap around
that, to create much larger cornettos!















I use the same method for creating matching earrings too!

BUONA GIORNATA! (which I think means: 'have a nice day'
in Italian!). And if you are looking for more similar wireworking
inspiration ... you will find plenty in my book:

CREATING HAMMERED WIRE JEWELLERY!