Wednesday, 17 October 2018

SCARF SLIDE

With blustery autumn winds blowing the fallen
leaves around, it's just the right time to wrap up
with a scarf! This scarf slide is designed for a
decorative, textile scarf (not a thick woolen one!)
and is a practical solution to holding it in place, as
well as accessorising an outfit! You could also use
it as a belt buckle, or to secure a beach sarong!























You can create it using 1mm copper plated wire, however in
the version I am about to demonstrate, I have used 2mm
aluminium wire.

STEP 1






















Wrap about 16" to 20" of 2mm aluminium wire around a circular
mandrel in a figure of '8'. The size of the circles will obviously
depend on the thickness of the scarf you wish to use it with.

STEP 2






















Remove the wire unit from the mandrel and bind together
at the centre, using 0.6mm wire. Cut off the ends of the
binding wire and 'squish' down with your flat nosed pliers.

STEP 3























Place on a steel block and hammer the outer edges of the circles
to work harden and flatten. However, do not hammer the projecting
wires on each side!

STEP 4
















Spiral the projecting wires in towards the centre and flatten one
on one side and the other, on the opposite side (hiding the binding
underneath). Tap each spiral with the hammer to flatten and work
harden at the centre of the unit.

STEP 5 - Variation


















If desired you can 'glue' a flat backed crystal to the spiral, adding extra
decoration and colour to your scarf slide.























This works well if you are matching it with a scarf and giving it
as a gift!























This Scarf Slide can be worn either way.
*  Place the centre of the scarf at the back of your neck
with both sides hanging down on each side in the front.
* Thread both ends of your scarf down through the top
circle, under the spiral and back through the bottom circle.
* Slide the scarf rings up to the desired position and the
'buckle' will hold the scarf neatly together.

VARIATION (2)


















Once you've had fun making one, you might want to try
another shape! This one, just requires you to wrap the centre
of your wire around the mandrel, bringing the ends together ...



















Wrap one wire around the other to secure and cut off the excess.
Straighten the projecting stem out.




















Curl and spiral the projecting stem wire and flatten it over the
wrapped wire at the tip of the frame.






















Place the piece on your steel block and hammer the edges of the
frame to temper and flatten.


















Cut another length of 2mm aluminium wire (long enough to span
across the central space of the frame, with approx. 2.5" extending
over each side). Bind to secure around the edges of the frame.



















You can choose to cut off the excess wire on each side of the frame,
or add extra decoration (as above) by spiraling and flattening it on each
side.  For extra colour, you can attach a flat back crystal to the tip!























And here it is in action, on a scarf!

VARIATION (3)



















For my trio of scarf slides, here's a circular one ...




















Attach one end of the wire to the side of the circular frame ...




















Create a swirly spiral with the projecting end.
Hammer the outer frame to work harden.




















Cut another wire to form the cross-bar of the buckle.
Wrap to secure at the centre, on each side of the frame.
Cut off the excess wire and neaten the ends.






















Now it's ready for use! And if you want it to match a scarf,  as before,
just attach a 'stone' to the spiral!






















TA DAaaaaaaaa!!!

So there's my trio of Scarf Slides, which I hope will inspire you
to create your own!




















Next time ... I look forward to reproducing a decorative
BUBBLE chain design ...




































Monday, 1 October 2018

CURLY WURLY BROOCH















BROOCHES are a great Autumn project and make lovely,
gifts for special occasions!  Attach them to coats, jackets,
cardigans, cloth bags and hats for a unique decorative
embellishment.

I'm sure that once you've made one, you'll be adapting
the instructions to create your own versions, with variations
of beads and coloured wires! The only extra advice I would
give, is to keep the beads that you're using, very lightweight.
This will prevent the brooch from drooping forward when
worn.


















Choose a combination of 2 or 3 coloured 0.8mm (20-gauge)
wires. You will also need a ready made brooch pin finding
and 3 to 5 beads of your choice. As for tools, you will need,
the usual, round and flat nosed pliers and wire cutters.

STEP 1






















There are no set rules as to how many wires you will
require, however, begin by threading approx. 6"(15cm)
of 0.8mm (20-gauge) through the first and third hole of
the brooch. Pull each end of the wire through to the front
(away from the pin side).

STEP 2




















Flatten the wire tightly against the pin side of the brooch by squeezing
it down with your flat nosed pliers. Then, twist the wires at the front
together to secure, extending them out on each side. (Avoid twisting too 
much, or you'll weaken the wire and it could snap!).

STEP 3
















Thread the wires, with a bead, pushing them into
the centre (by the twist), and begin to create spirals at
each end ...

STEP 4




















Work the spirals right up to the beads, to enable them to stay
secure and in place.

STEP 5


















Cut 5" (12.5cm) of 0.8mm wire in a variation colour
and thread this in between (and underneath the first twist).
Add another bead and repeat, by spiraling the ends in the
same way.

STEP 6



















Continue threading 5" or 6" 0.8mm wires, by pushing them
underneath or around the base (or even around the beads) to
anchor them in place on top of the brooch finding. Curl each of
the ends into closed, or open spirals and depending on how
ornate you want it to be, you might need between 6 or 8 wires
in total.

STEP 7




















Finally, spend a little time manipulating and adjusting the spirals
into a pleasing pattern with your fingers and pliers, making sure
that the brooch finding is well hidden beneath.
















Experiment with a combination of different coloured wires and
beads to suit your wardrobe and mood!






















Variation:
Instead of spirals, why not create other wire shapes?





















This idea could work well for a Christmas themed brooch!

Next time, I'll be showing you how to create a SCARF SLIDE.



































So, until then ... HAPPY WIREWORKING! Keep your creative tank well
fueled and full to the brim!

Monday, 17 September 2018

FRAMED BEAD




















Sometimes, the simplest designs can be the most effective! The following
project is a perfect example of that! If you have a beautiful lampworked
bead, or you just want to highlight a single colour bead, this is a great
way of framing it!

MATERIALS required: 0.8mm wire, focal bead
TOOLS: Circular mandrel, round and flat nosed pliers, wire cutters,
hammer and steel block.

STEP 1















Depending on the size of bead that you wish to frame, wrap 0.8mm
wire around a circular mandrel that is just slightly larger in diameter.
Cut the wire off the spool leaving about 1cm overlapping on each
side of the circle.

STEP 2

















Using the tips of your round nosed pliers, create small links at
each end of the wire.

STEP 3
















Grip each of the small end links in turn and "TWIST", so
that they sit at right angles to the circular frame, facing each
other.

STEP 4

















Push the end links together, so that they sit side by side at the
top of the frame.

STEP 5






















Avoiding the top links, gently stroke hammer the rest of the
frame to spread and work harden it.

STEP 6


















Thread your chosen bead with wire ...

STEP 7















... creating a headpin at one end and a small link at the other.

STEP 8

















Create a large jump ring with your round nosed pliers. Place the
the top link of your bead inbetween the links of the frame and
thread the jump ring through all 3 top loops, thereby suspending
the bead at the centre of the frame.

STEP 9






















It's now ready to be attached to a Key Ring finding ...

STEP 10






















Or, turned into a pretty pendant necklace!




To make an OVAL frame:
Shape the wire as in step 1, 
but don't leave overlapping 
wires when you cut from the 
spool.







Follow all the other project
steps and gently push the top 
links together, forming an
oval frame.











And there you have it! 
Suspend with a peardrop 
bead.








BEADED COLOUR Variation:
 





















You could also omit the hammering in Step 5, and
thread the frame with small beads, creating a beaded
outer frame.

TASSEL Variation:

 





















Alternatively, why not try making a tassel, as an extra 
decorative detail for your frame.

WIRED BEADS Variation:























You could even make enough frames for a bracelet, or
necklace chain and use 0.4mm wire to bind and secure 
some beads within.

And of course, these frames are perfect for EARRINGS!






















So have fun with this very simple project and next time ...
we're going to attempt a CURLY WURLY BROOCH!