Wire jewelry making is receiving an enormous boost and recognition in the last few years. Wire is one of the most versatile materials to use: wire wrapping doesn't require sophisticated tools or dirty studios. A
little beading tray, a couple of pliers... and you are off! (Yeah right, I forgot to mention the bead addiction which comes with it!!!).
Ok, my site has some lessons you feel you are not QUITE READY to tackle. Try some of these links to free tutorials on wire jewelry making first.
And as a bonus, you will also find other jewelry making free tutorials I found interesting.
Wire Jewelry Tutorials & Lessons
http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx?c=ss&id=33 : Wire work basics - Making loops or eyes; Wrapped loops; Opening or closing loops; Making head pins.
http://www.beadfx.com/techniques/loops.htm : Wraps and loops at BeadFX.
http://www.wigjig.com/jewelry-tools/WJU/techniques/loops/wrap1.htm: Wrapped Loops at Wigjig.
http://www.beadazzled.net/WrappedLoop.pdf: Making a wrapped loop at Beadazzled.
http://www.beadshop.com/learnonline/techniques/wirewrappedloops.aspx: Learning to make wire-wrapped bead units at Beadshop.
http://www.beadstylemag.com/bds/default.aspx?c=a&id=47: Wrapped Loop at BeadStyle Magazine.
http://www.artbeads.com/howtomawrlo.html: How to make a wrapped loop at Artbeads.com
http://keystonejewelry.com/beaded_bracelet_tutorial.htm : How to make a bracelet with wire and beads -- wrapped links. By Nancy F.
http://storvik.atlantia.sca.org/wire.pdf: Wire Wrapping basics by Lucia Antony de Venise.
http://www.beadshop.com/learnonline/techniques/headpinwirewrapping.aspx: Wire wrapping earrings using a head pin at Beadshop.
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art/default.aspx?c=ss&id=79: Wire working techniques at Art Jewelry Magazine.
http://www.beadingtimes.com/project1203.htm: More Big Earrings — Hoop Earrings with Dangles.
http://www.conniefox.com/Education/WireSkills/WrappedEyePins.htm: Wrapped Eye Pins by Connie Fox
http://www.conniefox.com/Education/WireSkills/Basic%20Wire%20Skills.htm:Connie Fox is a dear friend and also a
fantastic wire jewelry instructor. If you cannot take one of her classes, at least take advantage of the Beginning tutorials on wire she offers on her website.
http://www.lapidaryjournal.com/stepbystep/apr03bangle.cfm: Connie Fox's Swan Clasp is still one of the easiest, sturdiest and best wire clasps around. To learn how to make it, just read steps 9 through 14 of this bangle tutorial (which is pretty fun too!).
http://www.beadstudio.com/info.php?a=613: Tree of life pendant at Bead Studio.
http://www.beadshop.com/learnonline/projects/learnwireworkmetals/briolette.aspx: Briolette Necklace and Earrings using Gemstones tutorial at Beadshop.
http://www.luxejewels.com/luxejewels/content/learning/chain_briolette.pdf: Easy steps to wrap a briolette - Luxejewels.
http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/weekly/aa120798.htm: Beaded Bangle at About.com, written by Tammy Powley.
http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/weekly/aa110998.htm: Basic wire bangle at About.com, by Tammy Powley.
http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/weekly/aa111399.htm: Square bead wire bangle at about.com, by Tammy Powley.
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/pcc_bangle1.html: Garden Bangle, an intermediate project by the amazing Connie Fox, at Polymer Clay central.
http://www.lapidaryjournal.com/stepbystep/mar03bangle.cfm: Elegant Bangle Bracelet, also by Connie Fox at Step by Step Projects, from Lapidary Journal.
http://www.lapidaryjournal.com/jj/sep02.cfm: Holiday Bracelets, by Kathy Weaver at Lapidary Journal.
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art298.asp: Wire Beaded Bangle, by Shala Kerrigan, at Bella Online.
http://www.geocities.com/my4jewels/wirewrappedringtutorial.html : One of the easiest and best tutorials on how to make finger rings.
http://www.keystonejewelry.com/id67.htm : Here is another version of the wrapped finger rings. By Nancy F. Very good pictures!
http://keystonejewelry.com/id52.htm : make a heart clasp pin entirely of wire, no commercial findings. By Nancy F.
http://www.fineartbyrocio.com/vikingknitdirections.html : Great directions on how to make a Viking knit chain. By Rocio.
http://www.geocities.com/robynl_4/: Robyn's page has 12 great tutorials on creating beaded necklaces and bracelets. The patterns are interesting and fun and the pictures are clear and easy to follow.
NEW! Cabochon & Faceted Stones Wire wrapping tutorials
http://www.tumbleweedglass.com/cab.html How to wrap a cabochon using five wire bezel. Traditional style.
http://www.rockhounds.com/rockgem/articles/wirewrap.html How to Wirewrap
A Faceted Pendant That Does Away With Claws, designed by Mavis
http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/weekly/aa112398.htm Wire Wrap a Cab, at
Jewelry Making at About.com. By Tammy Powley.
Beaded Rings Tutorials
http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/beadring.html: Make a Hugs and Kisses Beaded Ring.
http://www.rubysbeadwork.com/PearlRing.html: Ruby's Beadwork - Pearl ring.
http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/beadring2.html: How to make a beaded ring.
http://membres.lycos.fr/perlesenchantees/Mandala-gb.htm: Mandala ring.
http://beadwork.about.com/library/weekly/blmfieldsringinst.htm: Margo Field Beaded Ring Instructions.
http://beadwork.about.com/library/weekly/aa110298.htm: Beaded rings and beaded headbands.
http://homepage3.nifty.com/Hachimitsu8/howtoright.htm: The Hachinoji-Ami
If you have a free introductory tutorial, send the link to me!
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