Saturday 31 October 2015

Nnnnnnot going well...

I bought these three random pewter "worry stones/beads" to wrap as pendants to see how it goes when there are no drilled holes. After a whole morning at the market? Not. Well. At. All.

Here is the first one I did. After that, I started over, and started over, and started over... until the morning was over. On the one hand I feel like I wasted a lot of wire -- too much overthinking was/is my problem -- but now I have all these inch to inch-and-a-half woven bits I can rescue and trim and stitch into other pendants.

I forgot to get the name of the company that makes these -- out in Nova Scotia, I think. I will remember for next Saturday.

Hope you're having better results! Thanks for stopping by.


Rosanne said...

Thanks so much for sharing your adventures in wire weaving and wrapping! It’s been a good lesson in itself for me to see how your learning process is going, and how through practice and determination you’ve achieved some spectacular results. I’m still working on herringbone wraps with a drilled bead, but having a lot of fun with it. When I looked up wire-wrapping cabochons, I noticed examples using square or half-round wire, which opens up more possibilities or may make it easier. I don’t know how well it works with weaving, though.

Barbara said...

Hi, Roseanne, Thank you so much for your comments. Yeah, it always kind of bugged me when I was learning anything to feel like everyone else was going from 0 to 60 but me, that they knew some kind of secret. I had zero idea of HOW to get there, and all the little things that there are to realise, either through being told about them -- or better yet, shown -- were a mystery. That's why I love the new videos that are available on YouTube. People actually talk about practical workarounds when such-and-such happens.

Half round and square wires both have their uses and both allow for spectacular effects. For this type of wire-weaving you do want to get the dead soft wire. The problem that will occur with half-hard is that when you wrap and let go it sproing-oing-oings back to a loose roll. Dead soft stays put.

If you're doing regular wrapped beads to make a chain, then yes, you do want to use half-hard wire. Hard temper is too brittle for wire-wrapping. I have no idea what it's used for, actually. Maybe someone could enlighten me. I bought some a few years ago to make ear wires and it did not go well! That was a waste of half a pound of wire.

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