ART CLASS DAY 13: ADVANCED WIRE WRAPPING JEWELRY

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November 16, 2015 / By / 1 Comment

I had so much fun in Katy Atchinson’s wire wrapping jewelry class at WorkshopSF, that I signed up for her advanced class. Which was an AMAZING idea! Katy’s classes are always fun and I learned a ton in a few short hours.

Rings

First up, we made a pair of quick rings using two different types of wire. One was in the shape of an infinity sign, which was extremely delicate and I had a bit of trouble working the teeny, tiny wire into teeny, tiny shapes. But, the second was a cool spiral-y ring using a larger, super flexible steel wire that I really liked working with. It’s soft and luxe to wear too.

Spiral and infinity rings to help us warm up in wire wrapping.

Spiral and infinity rings to help us warm up in wire wrapping.

Cage Pendant

Next up was a wire-wrapped cage pendant. It was nice to work with something a bit more complex than in the last class and I was surprised at how tricky it was to keep the gem inside the cage while wrapping. Made me wish I had a third hand 😉

Caged gem pendant I created.

Caged gem pendant = mildly insane making but fun.

Agate Pendant

I love agate slices. They are so BEAUTIFUL and fun. For this one, we made little loops in the wire before wrapping and mine ended up being a bit too small for the agate slice I’d selected. But, one thing I love about wire wrapping is that you can kind of fake it until you make it and hack things together to create something that I think still looks quite lovely.

Wire-wrapped agate rock pendant.

Wire-wrapped agate rock pendant.

Extra Credit: Crystal Wrapping

At the end of class, I somehow found a second wind and wrapped a clear crystal with gold wire to create a pendant in about 5 minutes. I’m SUPER happy with the results.

Last minute crystal wrapped pendant.

Last minute crystal wrapped pendant.

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