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Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Wire wrapped jewelry is jewelry made from the shaping of wire. The wire itself is most commonly copper, silver, sterling silver or gold-plated or -filled wire.

The wire might be wound or beaten into different shapes and thicknesses, threaded with jewelry beads or wrapped around other jewelry components like semi-precious gemstones. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and jewelry of all kinds can be made from wire wrapping.

The wire is wrapped using different size and shaped specialty pliers. Other tools like jig boards might be used for wrapping stylized shapes. Many jewelry artists will use everyday objects like pencils and marbles as a form to create interesting wire wrapped shapes.

Pros

You can literally get started making a simple bracelet with one spool of wire and a pair of pliers.

Does not require a large working area.

Cons

Getting smooth curves and even weaves can take a little practice – the wire isn’t very forgiving once bent past a certain point.

Getting Started Wire Wrapping Jewelry

Only a few materials and tools are needed to get started: wire and pliers. You might even have some lying around the house you can practice with! If not, Amazon has some great starter kits like this one:

It has basic instructions for getting started and several types and sizes of wire.

If you don’t have regular household pliers handy, the specialty pliers for jewelry wrapping are quite inexpensive:

You might also want a simple jig board, which is quite versatile and helps you make a wide variety of beautiful patterns:

My daughter enjoyed wire wrapping, and was super happy when she sold her first jewelry at a garage sale. She liked to sit at the beach making her jewelry, where she often made sales from people passing by and seeing her work. She was only 12!

This is the book that got her started:

As with any skill, it takes practice – don’t give up if your first try isn’t perfect. It might take a few tries before you get used to using the tools and wire. Pick an easy pattern and practice it until you get looking the way you want. I’m sure it won’t take long!

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