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Monday, September 08, 2008

Five Things you need to know to make jewelry - Part 3

Ok, now I'm getting a little out of order here. This week, instead of presenting them in the order I initially did, I've skipped ahead, because, er, this is the video I have ready.

As you may remember, I speculated that you really needed to know only about 5 things to make most basic jewelry, strung necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. I've already covered a basic secure knot, and how to crimp. This week, I want to show you how to do a wrapped loop. A wrapped loop is a very secure way to attach a bead, as there is no way for it to open up and fall off. Use these for attaching heavy beads, expensive beads, pendants or beads on bracelets - as bracelets get bashed about and get a lot of abuse.

This picture show wrapped loops (indicated by yellow arrows) - and shows ways you might use them.

The mark of a nice wrapped loop is a nice even wrap, without huge or uneven gaps between the coils. The end of the wire should be tucked in smooth, so that it is not a sharp end to poke or scratch you with.

It takes some practice to get all the hand movements down, but after some repetition, it will be second nature. Buy some basemetal (inexpensive) headpins and beads, and make a whole bunch for a necklace or bracelet. By the time you are done, you'll be very accomplished at it!

1 comment:

mp said...

very good explanation. thank you