Discover accessible wire wrapping techniques that will unlock endless design possibilities with instructor Debora Mauser as your guide! Gain confidence with a variety of tools as you find out how to anneal and ball wire, adorn decorative chain links with stamping, and create smooth, uniform coils and spirals. Create stunning wire-wrapped beads, and make your own beads with free-form and coiling techniques! Next, find out how to add eye-catching accents and sturdy connections to your work with rivets and eyelets. Then, learn to shape stunning pendants, including a bold floral motif and dramatic woven stone setting. Finally, unleash your inner designer as Debora shares inspiring ideas for assembling one-of-a-kind finished pieces from your creative wire components, and achieving a gorgeous, long-wearing polish.
Meet jewelry artist Debora Mauser and learn about techniques covered in class, wire types to look for and some considerations for choosing the best tools. Dive into creating foundational wirework components: balled wire -- perfect for head pins and ear wires -- and paddles. You'll make balled wire using a small torch and form ear wires with pliers. Then, learn to paddle wire with a hammer.
Spice up flat links with innovative techniques! First, create simple bars and dumbbells with round-nose or bail-making pliers. Then, learn how to add stamping to your wirework repertoire. Because bending and hammering metal can make it brittle, Debora shows how to anneal, or soften, your pieces before stamping. Finally, add texture and wire accents to your pieces.
Coils and spirals require some finesse with your pliers. Debora shows how to create smooth, even curls in your wire by hand, with a mandrel jig and on a drill. Get inspired with the endless variations you can make using these techniques -- you'll master closed spirals, open coils, Egyptian coils and even Danish love knots!
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