is sometimes the simplest of projects that cause the most
trouble and take the longest to make!
I promised you a CAT TUTORIAL, following
the publication of my OWL project in MAKE JEWELLERY
magazine Issue 50.
Tu-whit ... tu-whooooo! And having done a quick doodle of one,
I reckoned it would be a 'no brainer'!
(Above: quick wire doodle of Kitty)
But, ... "meow! Was I wrong!'
So, at first, I had a few attempts at different variations ...
(Above: Experiment for a Cheshire style cat!)
(Above: Another experiment using twisted wire frame!)
(Above: is my 'Cheshire Cat'! and this is also when my scanner started playing up!)
Not only did I have problems getting the design right,
my scanner also started to play up ... and eventually, gave
up working and broke down altogether! So, I ended up
having to purchase a new one and then it took me a while to
get the hang of the set up! And I'm still learning!!
(It's just as well you don't get any sound with this blog ...
just vision! ... because the air was 'purple' at one point!)
But, I don't like being defeated by inanimate objects, so
I persevered and the following:
(the emphasis most definitely being on the first 3 letters
of its name!) and this is the result of my endeavours.
1. Cut 12" of 0.8mm
copper, silver or gold
wire. (Use more for
a fatter cat!)
Place a circular
and bend a curve
into the wire
2. Place the
tips of your
on each side
of the curved
down in the
form the 'ears'.
a larger round
the curve bet-
ween the 'ears',
(I used the
head of my
and push the
around the circu-
lar shape to form
the short end
base of the
and cut off
5. Loop the extending wire back around to form the
'tail' and secure around the base of the frame ...
leaving enough wire ...
6. ... to make a small tight spiral, which can flipped over
the wrapped wires underneath to hide them.
7. Once you've adjusted your frame and you're happy
with it, give it a little tap with your hammer on a
steel block, to work harden.
8. To make the EYES: Cut approximately 6" of
0.8mm wire. Thread the 'eye' beads onto it and
using your round nosed pliers, curl a curve into the
ends of the wire. Push your beads into these curves
and begin spiralling the rest of the wire around them.
9. Look at your cat frame to check the width required
for the eye unit to fit in place and holding the centre of
the wire between the eye beads, with the tips of your chain
nosed pliers, push the beads up and in towards
each other, as shown above. Put aside for later ...
10. To create the 'nose & whiskers', cut a 6" plus 3 x 2.5"
lengths of 0.4mm wire and thread them all through the
chosen 'nose' bead, so that the bead is situated at the centre of
all the wires.
11. Take each projecting ends of the longest, 6" wire
and wrap this tightly around each side of the bead.
This will ensure that the bead remains at the centre of
the 'whisker' wires.
12. Now you are ready to join the 'nose & whiskers'
to the 'eyes'! Secure to the centre of the eye unit by
tightly wrapping the extending whisker wires to the
centre of the frame.
13. Cut 4 short (about 2") lengths of 0.4mm wire and
use one of these to secure the top of one of the sides
of the eye frame to the outer body frame. Cut off any
excess and neaten the ends.
14. Use the remaining 3 lengths of 0.4mm to bind and secure
the side of the eye unit to the frame and repeat for the opposite
15. WHISKERS: Straighten and fan out the projecting whisker
wires and wrap the ends around the outer frame. (You could
leave them loose and just curl the ends, but if it is going to be
a necklace, or worn as a piece of jewellery, the fine ends could catch
onto clothing! Therefore, this extra bit of binding will make the
piece more practical for wear!).
16. I secured the last whisker (bottom right) around the tail as well
to keep it in place and to stabilise the frame!
It is now ready to
suspend from a
chain, or, you could
suspend from a
Brooch Kilt Pin ...
Secure to a Greeting
card or suspend from
a Bookmark ...
To give it a little more character, place small
dots for the eyes, using a permanent marker
pen! (It looks completely mad when you
spin the beads around!!)
To create a variation, you can twist the longer wires from Step 12
just under the nose bead and curve them back around towards
the eyes ...
Create some thin even coils (around the tips of your round nosed pliers,
or by using the thin handle of your Curling Gizmo) ...
... and thread them onto the curved wires, securing
them on each side of the cat frame.
Sorry about the quality of the images ... but I am still learning
to use my new scanner!!
Have fun playing with this idea to make more Cats, Mice, Rabbits,
Hares ... the list could extend!
However, I'm going back to my OWLS, which you will find full instructions
for in Make Jewellery Magazine, Issue 50 on Pages 57-58!
HAVE FUN PLAYING WITH
Please DO share your
efforts on Facebook!
... in the meantime ... I must go and lie down!