Since last November, I’ve been carefully studying the book Weave Wrap Coil: Creating Artisan Wire Jewelry by Jodi Bombardier. Bombardier’s projects are so cool, so unique, and so beautiful, and I couldn’t wait to try out a few. But then, as these things go, the more time I spent studying the instructions and the photos, the more impossible the projects seemed. I hit a wall – a wall of intimidation – and it looked like I wasn’t going to ever try to make any of these rings or bracelets or necklaces, especially not with expensive silver wire.
But then I realized that I could purchase “Artistic Wire” in the two required gauges, 16 and 26, for a mere $10.00…and probably have enough wire for two entire projects. And so today I finally got up the guts to try the first project in Bombardier’s book, the Diamond Pendant and matching handmade chain, using purple wire.
Progress was a little rough at first, as I tried to figure out how to weave with wire, but I was amazed by how quickly I caught on to wire weaving. It’s a bit like sewing with wire, and as long as you’re careful not to kink the wire, it’s actually pretty easy. The weaving style required for this Diamond Pendant reminds me of the technique used to create my favorite Greek leather wrap bracelets; wrap once around one side of the frame, then over and under and back to the other side of the frame. Very fun.
And so, after about two hours, I had finished my first wire weaving project and its matching handmade chain and clasp. And it doesn’t look too amateurish, either. I’ll wear it to work with pride tomorrow! (Click on images to enlarge.)