Want to learn how to make simple but very effective wire jewelry? When people hear that my jewelry making includes working with wire, they always think I’ve got some heavy machinery in my jewelry making studio. I always reply by saying ‘look at what primitive man achieved with their minimum of tools.’ With a few simple tools, I’ve learned to take up a wide variety of metal-working techniques.
Metal is so versatile that the creative design possibilities are endless once you know the basic techniques. When you think of it, many early pieces of jewelry were based on patterns created with wire which had been made by hand! Fascinating pieces of jewelry can be made from various types of wire. What I love about wire is that you can twist and turn wire and make some interesting pieces, particularly when you bring in other materials like leather for instance and interesting stones.
Economically, it’s a good idea to start with materials like copper pr silver-plated wire to practice bending it. Making use of simple tools like pliers, metal file and wire cutters, my first jewellery project I remember was a silver plated wire bracelet with and interest bead attached to it.
With some basic jewellery making techniques from the Internet, like me, you’ll soon be moving towards more progressive techniques and a better quality tool.