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10 wirework christmas decorations to inspire you

This Christmas tutor Anna Campbell has been inspired to make her own wirework Christmas decorations. Have a look at some of these fabulous ideas:

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Wire christmas ornament hangers via WireExpressions

 

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Holly decoration via Earth Balance Craft

 

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Celtic tree ornament via Nicholas and Felice

 

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Christmas globe via Eni Fenyvesl

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Christmas wreath via Louise Goodchild Designs

 

 

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Beaded angels via Dotty Beads

 

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Swarovski snowflake via Rosie Willett Designs

 

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Wire christmas tree wall hanging via Better Homes and Gardens

 

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Beaded star and tree via Minimalisti

 

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Snowman via wiremajigs

 

Are you inspired to take one of our one day wirework jewellery classes? We have a couple of places left for December classes and have classes scheduled into 2017

Beginners wire weaving

Beginners wire wrapping

Wire jewellery with Linda Jones

 

Do share your creations with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

 

Video tutorial: Wire wrapped druzy pendant

Following our look at druzy jewellery last week, in our latest video tutorial Jessica Rose shows you how to wrap these interesting stones to create beautiful pendants.

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If you want to have a go click here for the tutorial which you can also use to make pendants with other stones and beads.

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 Have a go and let us know how you get on by sharing pictures on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

If you want to learn more jewellery making techniques you can find our face to face classes here, online courses here and a selection of other videos on our YouTube channel.

Step-by-step tutorial: Wire Wrapped Statement Ring

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In the hope that there is going to be some lovely warm weather soon (even if it is a bit late) we thought we’d share a project from our sister blog, JewelryFromHome, which is perfect for wearing with sandals and summer dresses.

These bright and colorful DIY rings are a quick make and perfect for adding a dash of summer to our fingers.  The project uses  shop bought gold rings and colourful jewels that can be picked up in most craft stores or recycled from old jewelry to make these beauties.

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Materials – gold-plated rings (go at least one size larger than you need, we bought ours on our local highstreet), you can buy  blank ring bases in most craft stores, 0.3mm gold-plated wire, a selection of costume jewels in mounts (we used a mix of jewels from our local haberdashery and from old jewellerry that we cut down to size and strong glue or a glue gun.

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Step 1. Fix your jewel to the ring base and leave to dry

Step 2. Cut a length of wire approx. 60cm, wrap under the ring base and through the holes in the jewel mount to fix into position. Ideally you want to have even lengths of wire sticking out the holes.

Step 3. Wrap your wire around either side of your jewel, this can be as long as you want (ours was just under 1cm).

Step 4. Take another piece of wire about 30cm long, wrap into place and then wrap around your jewel making a ‘nest’ effect. To finish, do a few wraps around the main ring and then carefully tuck the end in the wire so that it doesn’t catch.

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 These rings really only take about 10 minutes to make and so are perfect for all you busy makers out there. There are so many options we couldn’t stop playing with size and colors!  This is a perfect project for beginners because there is no right or wrong, just have fun with it.

And if this whet’s your appetite, the Jewelry from Home Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners  class is FREE, so make sure you sign up today.

Step-by-step project: Wire wrapped bracelet

Practice your wire wrapping skills with this fun statement bracelet.

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Materials

1.5m of 1.25mm silver-plated copper wire

2m of 0.6mm silver-plated copper wire

Selection of glass beads

Masking tape

Chain nose pliers

Round nose pliers

Wire cutters

Steel block

Whammer or hammer

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Step 1

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Cut four 35cm lengths of the 1.25mm wire and make a spiral at one end of each one. You can find a tutorial on creating spirals and coils at jewelryfromhome.com

Step 2

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Use a Whammer or other jewellery hammer and a steel block to flatten the spirals and the wire for about 2cm below the spiral.

Step 3

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Arrange the four wires side by side so that the coiled ends are arranged nicely – you may want to take some time to get an arrangement you like. Tape the wires in place and cut a 40cm length of 0.6mm wire. Carefully wrap the larger wires for about 2cm flattening the wraps in place with your pliers as you go along.

Step 4

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Mark the wires 9cm and 18cm from the middle of the first wrap and tape wires in parallel again. Make 2cnm wraps over the two marks as in step 3. Once the wraps are in place you can start to shape the bracelet by pulling the large wire outwards in between the wraps to form diamond shapes.

Step 5

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Trim the wires at the unfinished end so that the outer wires measure approx 7cm from wrap and inner two wires 8cm. Make and hammer coils as before. Now press your bracelet round a cup, drink can or other cylindrical object to shape it.

Step 6

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Cut a 15cm length of 0.6mm wire. Make a few wraps round the centre of one side of the diamond section, trim and press ends in place. Then add a selection of beads and wrap your wire securely to the other side of the diamond section. Repeat for other diamond section. Then check and tidy up and wire ends before wearing. You could also think about wrapping a series of wires in each section to fill the whole space – if so use 0.4mm wire with small beads.

 

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Make a Wire Wrapped Necklace

Following our look at how useful wire is in jewellery making, it seemed a good time to share this six step guide to making a wire wrapped necklace.

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You will need:
1.5 meters of 1mm Square shaped silver wire
60cm of 1mm half-round (D-shaped) silver wire
One turquoise cabochon 30 x 40cm
A selection of turquoise, lapis and blue agate beads from 3-10mm
Tigertail
Selection of small silver crimps 1 x 1mm
Pin vice
Small piece of silver chain and t-bar clasp
Round nosed pliers
Chain nosed pliers
Side cutters
Half round pliers

 

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Step 1

Measure 4 strips of 35cm in length of 1mm square wire. Take a strip of approx. 15cm of the d-shaped wire and wrap it around the middle of the square wires. Make sure that the sq. wires are sat in line next to each with none crossing over. Wrap the d-shaped approx. 12 times and cut off the ends, both on the same side. Use the chain nosed pliers to make each wrap as tight as possible.

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Step 2

Begin to shape the wire around the cabochon with a nice, tight fit. Make sure that the side of the wire that the d-shaped ends are on is facing the stone on the inside so that they are not sharp on the outside of your piece. You may need to use half-round pliers to get a good curve to your wire.

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Step 3

Using two other pieces of 15cm d-shaped wire, make more wraps 3.5cm on either side of the initial wrap. Again using your chain nosed pliers to make it tight, but this time only 6 wraps are needed. Next shape the wire bundle around the whole of the stone and use d-shaped wire to wrap all eight wires together at the top.

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Step 4

Take the stone out and using your chain nosed pliers, pull the backmost square wire towards the centre of your wire loop to make a ridge on each side for the stone to sit on. Be careful with the pliers not to damage the wire in this process.

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Step 5

Put the stone back in the piece and pull in the outermost square wire at the front to make a nice shape and support the stone. You can use a pin vice to twist one of the eight wires at the top of the piece and wrap it in to a coil for decoration. Cut down the other seven wires and loop them over using round nosed pliers, with one larger one for the bail.

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Step 6

Thread 3 strands of tigertail through the bail and add your selection of beads to each side using crimps to space them out. Next add in your selection of leather cords and measure the required length of the necklace in a mirror. Finally attach the ends of the tigertail and cords to a small piece of silver chain on each side and attach a t-bar clasp in the middle to finish.

If you like this project and would like to learn more wire wrapping teachniques take a look at our wire classes.

 

Spring special offer – 15% off jewellery making classes

The glimmers of Spring sunshine that are finally appearing have gladdened the hearts of the LJS team so much that we wanted to bring a little brightness into your lives as well.

So we are offering 15% off all classes taking place between Wednesday 17 April and Sunday 5 May inclusive.

There is a wide range of classes taking place during the special offer period. If you want to learn a completely new skill, there are beginners’ courses in wire wrapping, wax carving, precious metal clay and beading plus taster classes in everthing from Introduction to Gemstones to Making a Leather Necklace. Or if you want to take your skills to the next level there’s Advanced Beading and Polishing and Finishing in silver.

If you want to join in our celebration of Spring with a spot of jewellery making, use the promotion code 09041303 when you book to ensure your 15% discount.

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Two new classes for you to try

As if moving to our new studio wasn’t enough excitement, we’re also launching a couple of brand new day classes – one in beading and wire and one in silver. Why not be among the first to sign up.

New class 1: Beginners Wire Weaving

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Kerry Bloom, who recently joined LJS as a wire wrapping tutor, specialises in this intricate and dramatic wire weaving technique and in the new class will be teaching students two types of weave and how to make hook and eye clasps.

During the day students will use coloured copper wire to make the earrings and bracelet set pictured and leave with the skills to make a necklace at home.

The first Wire Weaving class will be on Friday 31 May and will cost £132.

New class 2: Recycle Your Silver Jewellery

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Do you have scrap silver or failed projects that you don’t know what to do with – or even some unwanted silver jewellery?

In this class tutor Rebecca Steiner will provide an introduction into melting and reworking scrap metal to create new pieces. During the class you will melt down your own scrap metal and through the use of forging and forming techniques, rework it into useable sheet and wire for future use.

The class will also cover hints and tips for: mixing gold alloys, melting down old jewellery, and home casting. You will be guided in issues to be aware of when melting and alloying metals, and useful contacts for tools, suppliers and resources.

The first of the Recycling Your Silver Jewellery will be on Saturday 15 June and will cost £132.

Don’t forget that you will need to bring pieces of scrap silver or silver jewellery that you want to recycle.

Make jewellery at the Big Bead Show

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If you are planning to visit the jewellery maker’s delight, the Big Bead Show at Sandown Racecourse in Surrey on 6 April why not book in for a jewellery class with our very own Chu-Mei Ho.

Chu-Mei will be teaching two workshops – one each on fashion necklaces and chandelier earrings – and they are the perfect opportunity to take a break from your shopping to do something creative.

Classes are £14 each if booked in advance or £18 if you sign up at the show (assuming there are places left). You can find out more here.

And if you don’t know about the Big Bead Show – well, it’s the biggest all bead fair in the UK, with exhibitors stocking supplies for wirework, polymer clay, lampwork, silversmithing and beading. The organisers promise that  “you’ll never have seen so many beads in one place before!”.

Spring jewellery trends

What will your jewellery look be this spring? Have you been looking to the catwalks for inspiration.

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At LJS we’ve been taking a look to see what’s leading the way.

It seems for this spring and summer the key words are bright, big and bold.

A browse through the magazine and fashion blogs brings up words like neon and mentions of yellow, nectarine, emerald green and poppy red. So think strong colours.

Perspex and resin pieces can really make a colour statement.

As can wire wrapped stones – which may also tie in with another trend for big crystals, colourful beads and cabochons. Also think about putting your centre pieces on leather or cord rather than chains to create a more tribal look.

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Leather and other hide such as snakeskin is another big catwalk trend – Gucci even combined snakeskin and fringing in a dramatic cuff – as well as tribal and animal prints.

Bold cuffs remain popular as do head pieces but it seems the spikier the better.

The great thing is that while the Paris catwalk seems a million miles from our everyday lives, many of these looks are achievable to make. All the jewellery shown in this post is from our classes.

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Plus here are a few suggestions of classes that might help you create that key look – wire and beading, Perspex, resin, wood, leather , polymer clayand fashion jewellery all offer ways to come up with your key spring statement look.

So come along and join us to create your on trend jewellery to look fabulous this spring.

London Jewellery School are Looking for a Specialist Wire Wrapping Tutor

We are looking for a passionate and talented individual to join our ever-growing team of professional jewellery tutors. This role would include teaching our beginners and intermediate wire wrapping classes and possibly evening classes, subject to availability. The ideal candidate will run their own jewellery business or work for a jewellers making wire wrapped jewellery. They must be able to use a range of techniques in particular using square and half-round wires as well as round wires to make finished pieces. For an example of the style of wire wrapping we are looking for please see the pictures.

 

The pay will be £110.00 per day class and £50 per evening class as well as entitlement to a whole host of LJS tutor benefits. All tutors need to be self-employed and cover their own contributions. We expect the successful candidate will work at LJS for 3-4 days per month on average.

If you feel you have the skill and patience required to teach wire wrapping and the London Jewellery School please send a CV, images of your wire work and a link to your website to Jessica@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by 18th October 2012