Wedding Fever - How to create a Wire Wrap Pendant

With the royal wedding just passed, it really got me thinking about fashion and what woman wear to these occasions.

I thought some of the dresses were fabulous but others... Meh… They could have made a bit more elegant but then I am not a fan of the suit type look.

I have a wedding coming up in 3 weeks’ time. The first one for me in years and I have been really stressing about what I should wear.

I have (almost) sorted my outfit, I have the dress (See the picture above) and the shoes, but I need a black slip dress to go underneath otherwise I will look almost naked (really not appropriate), possibly a hat or a fascinator, what are your thoughts? Do I need one? And definitely an amazing piece of jewellery to hang around my neck.

I saw a great quote on Pinterest recently from Yves Saint Lauren…

“Accessories are what, in my opinion, pull the whole look together and make it unique”

This is so true.

Being an artist and making jewellery myself, I can definitely use this opportunity to showcase my work. I see my jewellery as a piece of art to be worn. They are unique and mostly made to order.

I like to be different and wear things that are just a little bit quirky and hopefully no one else will have. I think the dress I’ve bought proves that.

So, to go with the dress, I am thinking a really striking piece of black stone with cooper wire (I think cooper will pick out the orange and red in the dress)…

Here’s a little behind the scenes look of how I go about making a piece…

I’m not the kind of jewellery maker that draws an idea out beforehand. I generally will pick up a stone, decide in my head how I feel it should look and then I start weaving.

So here is the stone I chose...

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A Smokey Quartz. It looks black unless you hold it to the light. 

I then had to decide on the wire to use, so I chose 1mm and 0.4mm copper wire and cut 2 quite long (almost 30cm) lengths of the 1mm wire. I use the 0.4mm wire in it's original coil as I never know how much I will use...

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I started by putting a little twist at the ends of the 2 1mm pieces of copper...

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(Please excuse the fingers they are being ripped apart by wire!) 

I then started wrapping the 0.4mm wire twice around one length of 1mm and then twice around the other. I slowly allowed the wire to get wider and then thinner again to create this interesting pattern, it's quite hard to explain...

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I find that using odd numbers works best for some of the weaving and thought I would use a 5 -3 pattern after the original weave...

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I really like the look of this together so I repeated the pattern 3 times...

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I then started to wrap the wire around the stone...

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I then had to work out how to finish it, so did the first weave again twice to create the loop...

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And VOILA we have a complete piece. 

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I think it will look pretty amazing with my dress. What do you think?

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