If you're feeling a bit 'down' and need
a little summery 'lift' ...
come and join me for some
WIRE THERAPY and create a
All you need is:
and Flat Nosed
Hammer & Steel Stake.
0.8mm & 0.4mm silver-plated wire
and some 0.8mm gold-plated wire.
So now, if you're sitting comfortably ...
1. Cut 3 x 5" (12.5cm) lengths of 0.8mm wire:
one in silver-plate and two in gold-plate.
Place the centre of the silver-plated length around one of the shafts
of your round nosed pliers and use your flat or chain nosed pliers to
PINCH the wire around the circular shaft to create a central loop.
Straighten out the projecting wires so that they run parallel
from the loop.
2. Place the two 5" (12.5cm) straightened lengths of gold-plated
wire on each side of the doubled piece and bind together,
using approximately 4" (10cm) of 0.4mm silver wire.
3. Create open spirals with the gold wires on each
4. Repeat, by creating open spirals with the gold wires on the opposite
side and slide the binding with the spirals down towards the looped end.
5. Using your round nosed pliers, create links
at the end of the projecting silver wires.
6. Continue curling the ends of silver wires to form the butterfly antennae.
(*Optional: if you're "hammer happy" like me, you can hammer the ends
of the golden spiral 'wings' to work harden and toughen the unit).
7. Create some more 'butterflies' and some jump rings so that
you can link them together to form a chain, (as shown above)
by connecting into the 'antennae' from one unit and through into
the base spirals of the next.
You might need to shorten the antennae, by spiralling them a little more,
so that the units sit closer together when connected.
Finally, once you've attached the units into
a chain to the required bangle length, create
a double fish-hook clasp (or use a ready-made
lobster safety clasp) and attach to the very end.
You will also be pleased to find that the butterflies can FLAP their wings!!
And here are some fancy earrings to match!!
HAVE FUN EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS DESIGN
USING DIFFERENT COLOURED WIRES TO COME
UP WITH YOUR OWN VARIATIONS ... and don't
feel shy to send your images to my Facebook page
to show and share with everyone!