CREATE A STATEMENT WIRE JEWELLERY COLLECTION IN THIS SEASON’S VIBRANT COLOURS
What you need...
- FINDINGS Wire, 2mm: aluminium, turquoise, pink, purple, green, lime, silver, copper, Soutache or ribbon, celery, Cord ends, fold over, Clasp, lobster
- TOOLS Pliers, nylon coated: round-nosed; flat-nosed, Cutters, heavy duty, Mandrel, 21cm diameter,
To create a rosette, cut a length of 2mm aluminium wire, fold in half and form a small loop in the middle (Fig.1). Twist one end around the loop, then go round in the opposite direction with the other end (Fig.2). Continue to do this alternately, occasionally going under and over each wire to secure, until the rosette reaches the correct size, leaving a 3cm tail each side to form the joining loops (Fig.3).
For the necklace, you will need to make two small rosettes using 59cm of lime wire, two medium rosettes with 69cm of turquoise wire, and one large one with 77cm of wire. The largest rosette uses two colours, lime and purple. To achieve this, simply add the second colour by wrapping around the tail ends and then chasing around the detail.
Turn a large loop on either side of each rosette, making sure to tuck the cut ends underneath neatly with flat-nosed pliers as you connect the five pieces together, so they will not scratch the wearer. Make sure the loops face the correct way so that the rosettes lay flat on the neckline. Attach a length of soutache or ribbon either side, securing with lark’s head knots. Add fold over cord ends and a lobster clasp.
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