Fair Entry: Fish Pendant

This was I design that I made up, it is a cute little fish with bubbly beads!

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It is really hard to see because my iPad doesn’t take very good pictures, but the fish’s head is wrapped with wire, and it’s side is strands of different colored beads sewn to the frame.  The blue bubbles were seed beads on a wire that were wrapped around a thicker wire.  I cut apart the chain and added seed beads to it as well.  Then I added an eye with a black bead and a fin using thicker wire.  Lots of fishy fun!

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Fair Entry: Wire Flower Pendant

Here is a wirework pendant that I made watching this video from Lan Anh Handmade on YouTube:  Flower Pendant Tutorial.  She has all sorts of beautiful wirework tutorials, and I highly recommend them.  I had a little trouble figuring out how to do the netting around the center bead, so I just did one set of loops all the way around.  I cut apart the chain and added wrapped loop beads to each side to finish it off.  I am very happy with how this came out!

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Mini Wire Trees

I found some adorable little wire trees one day while I was hanging out on Pinterest, and I was excited to make my own, but sadly the website was missing the pictures for the tutorial.  So I stewed over how I could make my own and came up with a way to do it.  I think they turned out pretty good for just making it up:

Tiny Wire Trees by Ronda Cassens

Here is a close up:

Tiny Wire Trees by Ronda Cassens

 

I just love the fall colored tree!  They remind me of the wire tree that my grandma had when I was little.  I made these trees were made with 20 gauge wire, which, while being very sturdy, was really hard to twist into the trunk.  I had to use pliers and it was pretty rough on my hands.  I think I will try making these with 22 gauge wire instead to see how that works.  All in all, I am very pleased with how they came out, and hopefully they will sell at the craft shows because they are so fun to make!

Wire Name necklaces

This is a new wire-working craft that I’ve gotten into, making wire name jewelry.  Here are a couple of name necklaces I made and a sample lower case alphabet:

Wire Name Necklace by Ronda Cassens

 

I love working with wire, so when I found this technique it seemed natural that I should try it out.  I watched several videos on YouTube by Andy Turner, aka Andy the Name Bender, and decided to purchase his e-book.  It is a very good book, and everything is clearly diagrammed and easy to follow.  I practiced for a while just using round nose pliers as instructed in the book, but I found that some of the methods of forming letters scratched or dented the wire, so I started using chain nose pliers on some parts.  It takes a little more time to switch tools, but I figured it was worth it to get a nicer end product.  I sold quite a few at a festival this past summer; there were a group of girls that all lived in town and were excited to have their names made.  I am hoping to sell more at the local farmers market this weekend.  If you would like to learn how to make wire name jewelry, check out Andy’s website to purchase the e-book, or he has some online tutorials that you can purchase as well.

Wire Frame Pendants

A while back I bought a book that had a lot of neat pendant designs, and I finally got to try some of them out.  The two designs here are made with the same type of wire frame, but by varying the type of beads, I got two totally different designs.

Here is the first one I made.  The color of the beads and wire remind me of the desert:

Copper frame pendant Ronda Cassens

Then I remembered that I had a ton of flower beads, so I tried out a floral design with shell beads and pearls:

Silver flower frame pendant by Ronda Cassens

These were fun and easy to make, and I plan on trying out more different bead combinations.  If you would like to make your own, the instructions can be found in the book “Build Your Own Wire Pendants” by Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin.  This particular design is called Double Triangle Twisted Frame.  Vary rarely do I find a book where I want to make everything in it, and not only does it have frame-based designs where you attach beads to a wire frame, it also has designs for focal beads and cabochons, plus tons of inspirational pictures.  Very cool!