Wire Jewelry Making | Why You Should Work with Wire
By Jennifer VanBenschoten, Beading Daily editor
Alliteration aside, learning wire jewelry making was something that didn’t come easily for me. Like the hardest wire out there, I refused to bend to anything that involved using wire for jewelry-making!
But once I softened up a bit, I discovered that not only could I use wire jewelry techniquesto make stunning wire jewelry designs using my favorite beads, I could also use wire jewelry techniques to add a unique touch to my seed bead designs.
So, why should you work with wire?
1. Chances are, you already know how to make wire jewelry. No, really. If you can make a wrapped loop, make a simple loop, or open and close and jump ring, you have all the skills necessary to get started making wire jewelry.
2. You’ve already got the necessary jewelry making tools for wire jewelry making. If you’re already making wire wrapped loops and simple loops, then chances are you have a set of jewelry making pliers handy. The same kind of jewelry-making pliers that you’ll use to make wire jewelry!
3. Even if you prefer to make beaded jewelry using bead-weaving or stringing techniques, you can still use basic wire jewelry making techniques to make one-of-a-kind and custom jewelry findings like ear wires and clasps using just wire and beads.
Just like making jewelry with seed beads, making wire jewelry is a very transformative process. You start out with some wire, maybe a few beads, and a handful of tools. Following the steps in a wire jewelry tutorial or wire jewelry patterns will leave you with a beautiful and unique creation that you’ll be proud to wear!
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What do I love most about working with wire? I never worry about running out of clasps and earring findings anymore. Even better, wire jewelry-making tutorials and projects are great stash-busters – some of them only require a handful of beads, so they’re great for using up those little bags and boxes of leftover beads in your collection.
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Like dead soft or half-hard wire, stay flexible when it comes to making wire jewelry projects, because you never know where it might lead you!
Jennifer VanBenschoten is the online editor for Beading Daily, where she gets to indulge in her lifelong passion for making jewelry with seed beads. She’s easily distracted by tiny, shiny things, and she’s made more beaded jewelry than she could ever wear in an entire lifetime. When she’s not beading, thinking about beading, or talking about beading, she’s either elbow-deep in her gardens, playing with her son, or cooking something fantastic in the kitchen.