Past Jewelry Making Techniques:
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Jewelry Making Technique:
This week's jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to wire wrap a shark's tooth or other triangular shape. While we don't claim to be the world's foremost experts in the subject of wire wrapping irregular shapes, we have developed a technique that is suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate wire workers to use to wrap a triangular object like a shark's tooth. This technique is a follow-on project to the wire wrapped pendant project that we described earlier this year and uses the same basic technique to start.
Our technique for making a jewelry wire wrapped pendant is described here. This technique involves making a spiral base with a long central wire using our WigJig Spiral Maker. We suggest that readers visit our complete instructions for making the wire wrapped pendant to learn how the spiral is configured for the bottom of the wrapped stone or other object. You can view a picture of the back of a wire wrapped object at left. This picture shows the spiral at the bottom and the long central wire of the spiral. This technique needs to be modified for a triangular object like a shark's tooth because the triangular shape won't be stable otherwise.
The way we modify the technique is that instead of wrapping spiral coils of wire from bottom to top of the shark's tooth or other triangular shape, you would wrap the spiral coils 1/2 way up the triangular shape and then wrap the wire around behind the triangular shape horizontally to the 1/2 way point on the opposite side of the triangle. In the picture at right, you can view how you would begin with the spiral at the bottom (point 1) and continue wrapping the wire to the 1/2 way point, point 2. From point 2 to point 3 in the figure, the wire is essentially horizontal, behind the tooth. At point 3 you change the direction of the wrap to securely hold the top of the shark's tooth and wrap up toward the center of the top of the tooth, point 4. From point 4 to point 5, the wire is wrapped diagonally, behind the shark's tooth. The wrap is completed by wrapping the wire from point 5 to point 6. At point 6 the wire is bent horizontally and wrapped around the middle wire of the spiral, running up the center of the back of the tooth. After this wrap is completed, the excess wire is cut and the cut end is squeezed flat. At this point you would have about 1 1/2" of wire remaining from the central wire in the spiral. This wire is first bent 90 degrees, then a loop is made at the bend and finally the loop is wrapped closed in the same process that we would make a wrapped bead dangle as described here. Hopefully, these pictures and instructions will make sense.
To view our complete instructions for how to wrap a triangular shape like a shark's tooth, please select any picture above or select here.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:
This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Lisa's Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown here. This design is similar to our Ovals Earrings that is this week's new project, but is slightly harder to make because of the wire wrapping around itself at the top of the earring body. This design can be made on any of our WigJig tools and uses one regular metal peg and a 7/8" Super Peg or a Spiral Maker accessory to make the rounded shape at the bottom.
Please select here, or select the picture at right to view our free instructions for making Lisa's Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Project made on our WigJig jewelry tools.
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