Wire wrapping part 2

After my first attempt failed miserably wasn’t quite what I expected I thought I might try out some of the ‘easier’ wire projects and some of those bird nest pendants I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while.

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First I have tried the ‘bound chaos’ pendant. I thought more of ‘bundle of sticks’ but I have to agree their name is better. If I want to sell them I have to find my own name.
The instructions say to use 22 and 24 gauge* wire. The first time I used 22 and 26 as I have no 24 gauge and I found the whole thing a little too delicate. The picture in the book makes it look delicate but still chunky. And that’s exactly what I wanted.
The next two I made (with gold wire) were with 20 and 22 gauge wire. Perfect. Chunky but not too big and still delicate.

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*the larger the gauge number for wire there’re delicate it is. So a 14 or 16 is quite thick and a 26 delicate. 32 usage is good for knitting or crocheting items.

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Hip to be square pin. Or it could be circle.
This is something simple that might take the place of a brooch to hold your scarf or cardigan together. I have a brown cardi that while comfy and warm doesn’t tie up at the front. Unless I want to look like a sack of spuds. This would work nicely. I can make the pin with whatever colour bead I like to match my outfit. One shape with many pins.

The wire the book uses is 22g sterling silver and 26g for an embellishment, with a square bead on the end of 18g wire for the pin. I chose to use 20g and 18g silver with a red cinnabar bead for brightness and fun.
I used 140cm of wire instead of 180 (that’s a lot of wire!) for the body of the brooch and the pin had a longer bead with a long wrapped loop rather than just one or two wraps as is the norm. I also thought the longer wraps would match the length of the bead and having the wire over the top of the bead acts as a focal point on its own.
Tell me. Should I add more wire, red or silver as an embellishment? Simply wrapped around the existing wraps. I quite like it as it is.

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And according to the book

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I’m quite happy with both of these, the brooch/scarf pin particularly. I’m pretty sure there will be a wire work parts 3 and 4 coming up as I work my way through the book.
What do you think?

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(Pick up) Glitter Sticks

Ok, so we all know the kids game of pick up sticks.  Well how about hanging it on the wall instead. I decided to try something a little different, and on thinking how to work it, decided that instead of trying to glue and layer them I would just dump arrange them on the canvas – pre glued – and then add gloops of glue to the top and hope it works.
Well that worked.  I actually held it upside down to make sure. Nothing fell off.  A couple were a little loose, so they were poked and stuck elsewhere.

The colour seeped out of the sticks so I now had blobs of colour around the sticks.  It’s not too bad really.
I have finished it off by adding silver glitter paint to the top of the glue and lightly around the edges so it comes across as sparkly without any added colours to distract from the main picture.

I quite like that it is purely just colour and spiky textures in the middle of the canvas. nothing smooth, no borders.  Just Glitter Sticks.
Jennifer 🙂