I make lampwork beads. I would love to be a jewelry designer, but I have only the most limited experience making jewelry. I have acquired a few tools and a little bit of odds and ends for accents. Imagine how I felt when this transpired…
Yesterday, my wonderful husband asked me if I could make a necklace for his sister using one of my beads. “Sure”, I respond, “I’ll give it a try.” Continuing the conversation, he said, “by the way, she is in town, and I will see her tomorrow. ”
Tomorrow is here, and I decide to start looking for components – in particular, wire. I wanted to use copper wire to wirewrap a bead, and then put that on a leather cord. Eureka! Husband finds the wire; unfortunately, it is 16 gauge and that is really hard to wirewrap. Oh well, that is what I have. That is what I’ll use.
I started making a spiral. Because of the heavy gauge of the wire, the spiral gets large after only a couple of turns. Amazingly, I am able to find my tools, including my hammer and bench block. I used this to flatten the curl at the bottom of the pendant. I like how that makes a more finished look.
The bead went on next, no problems there. I made a wirewrap loop for the top, and discovered that with the larger wire, you need more length to make those wraps under the loop. I had cut the wire too short! Start over!
The second time, I put the bead on the wire before I made the bottom curl. This way, I could finish the top and cut the wire after the wirewrap is completed.
Here, I encountered design problem #2. How am I supposed to finish the end of the wrap with such large wire? With smaller wire, I would just cut it, and make it lay flat. With the large wire, the end becomes a little more obvious (and more obnoxious). I solved this by making another curl on the end of the wire and hammering that. I used positive thoughts with each whack of the hammer to make sure that I didn’t hit the glass.
I am thrilled with the result. Are there flaws? Sure. Do I see ways to make it better? Absolutely. Is this going to be a good gift? Oh yeah.