How To Make Your Own Wire Sculpture Jewelry

Supplies and instructions for the basics of wire sculpture jewelry.

Wire sculpture jewelry can be defined by many words, including elegant, extravagant, simple, unique, and fun. Making it yourself also falls into the last category: FUN!

Your first step in creating wire sculpture jewelry is gathering the proper tools. Basic supplies required include:

WIREMASTER Tool set or comparable set of pliers that includes:

Round nose pliers; used for making loops, grasping components, and various other tasks, an all around versatile tool.

Flat nose pliers; used for making bends and holding components without leaving marks.

Chain nose pliers; used for bending wire and ideal for precision work.

Crimping pliers; used for crimping end caps.

Wire cutters; used for cutting and trimming.

Jewelry Wire; There are many different sizes and brands of jewelry wire, one I would recommend would be Colourcraft color-coated copper wire in assorted sizes and colors.

Assorted beads and jewelry findings.

Creating wire sculpture jewelry is one of those crafts that fall into the category of 'there is no wrong way to do it'. The easiest way to start is to cut several lengths and sizes of wire, pick up a pair of round nose pliers, and start creating. Experiment with twists, turns, adding beads, creating shapes, combining wire to form two-toned creations, and finally combining these creations with jewelry findings to complete your ideas into earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, and anything else your creativity prompts you to make.

A basic component of wire sculpture jewelry is a small loop, for instance where an ear wire would attach to an earring. With your round-nosed pliers, grasp wire as close to the end of the pliers nose as possible, using the tip of the pliers for a guide to the finished size, twist the wire around the tip, keeping the end snug into the interior of the loop. An alternative to this same component would be to grasp the initial wire approximately 1/4" down, continue the loop as described, but instead of having the end loop concealed, you would then spirally wrap the 1/4" tail you started with around the remaining wire before continuing. Flat-nose pliers would then be used, with gentle pressure, to smooth any sharp ends that may be showing.

Free 3-Dimensional Fish Pin Project Instructions:

Sculpture jewelry pins are great first items to make, as you will not have to create two identical pieces, as you would for earrings. And a pin is not only generally smaller than a necklace, but the findings are easier for a beginner to attach than necklace findings.

Materials needed for Fish Pin includes size 16 or 18 Colourcraft color-coated copper wire in blue and green, one sixteen inch piece of each color. One fish-shaped glass bead, approximately 1/2" long, with a center whole wide enough to string onto the wire, one pin back, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, and wire cutters.

Cut blue wire into two 8" lengths. With round nose pliers, start on one end and twist wire in approximately four or five turns, creating first 'wave', do not cut wire. Place pliers on wire where first 'wave' stopped, grasp wire, and turn in opposite direction creating second 'wave'. Repeat from remaining end. You will now have three 'waves'. Cut green wire into various lengths, approximately 2" to 3" long. Cut remaining piece of blue wire into similar lengths. These will be your seaweed. Attach one piece to wave section by simply folding an end over any area towards what will be the bottom of your waves, using the flat nose pliers to flatten the joined area. Keep seaweed strands to the backside of wave section. The 'seaweed' will need to be shaped into soft curves; this is a good way to practice with the different pliers, experimenting until you are comfortable with the result. Attach several more in same manner. Strands of blue wire should also be twisted with the green for a fuller effect on some of the seaweed strands. Apply the fish bead to any single strand of wire and work into seaweed area. This wire then needs to be brought back down and attached to the wave area a second time, thus securing the fish bead in place. Finish pin by applying pin back to design area. Keep it towards the top of design so pin does not sag when worn. If pin is not self-adhesive, attach with jewelry safe glue.

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