Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Free Wire Tutorial: Matchin' by Wrappin'

(This post was previously published on ABS Editor Cindy Gimbrone's blog, it appears here with her permission.)

I make all my Double Dips with copper wire. If you are creating a design in a different metal then how might you go about matching the metal?

In this week's Wednesday Wire, I will show you how with a simple wrapping technique. I'm partial to the deep brown color of the Vintaj brass. Since it's impossible for a manufacturer to create all of the findings I could want, I often need to match the metals in my jewelry designs.

When using the Double Dips, I need the exposed wire to match the Vintaj bronze color. I buy fine gauge wire from Parawire to wrap around the copper wire of the Double Dip. Simple enough but there's a bit of a trick to it.

Gather up your tools and supplies:

Begin by wrapping a couple of winds around the wire leaving a 4 inch tail of wire at the end toward the glass bulb of the Double Dip:

Push the few wraps down toward the glass bulb. Now, wind in the opposite direction towards the other end keeping the wire nice and tight next to each other. I use my fingers to hold the wire in place as I wind but you can use your chainnose pliers to hold the wire in place as you wind.

When you reach the end, you can create a small "beadcap" by winding down onto the glass.

Cut the small gauge wire with your flush cutters.

Now you're done! Go to the opposite end and create a beadcap by winding and cutting the wire in the same way as you just did above.

Now I've got a double dip that will match the Vintaj brass perfectly!


Jeannie said...

Excellent Cindy. The double dips are just a few of my Favorite Things!

Pretty Things said...

Awesome tutorial!

Guido said...

hey . . . that`s great ;)

Lithi said...

Very nice. The larger pics remind me of a blue light bulb.

Alice said...

Those double dips are a sweet as their name! I just love the beautiful color of these beads. Thanks so much for sharing.