How to add a new wire - that was a question I remember having when I started wire wrapping. Here's a tutorial showing you how. I'd like to give a special thanks to Donna for submitting so many beautiful tutorials. You can find more of her tutorials on my website linking from the Making Wire Jewelry page
As you will see in the illustrations, this does not
create a completely seamless look. Therefore it is
advisable to only use this technique on
inconspicuous areas of the piece you are working
The more you practice this the less obvious the
joined area will be.
This works best using weave 3 of the Basic
Weaving Techniques tutorial.
Basic Weaving Techniques
16g round wire
26g round dead soft wire
Flat nose pliers
When you reach the end of the wire you are
working with, wrap the 26g wire onto one of the
16g wires 4 times. Space the wraps so that 1 wire
will fit between each one. You don't have to get
the spacing perfect as you will be able to move
them slightly as you continue with the following
Cut the 26g wire and press the end flat against
the 16g wire.
With a new piece of wire, slide the 26g wire
between the 2 16g wires. Bring the wire all the
way to the weave.
The shorter end of the wire will be in front of the
wire you just finished off. The longer end of the
wire should be behind the other piece of wire.
Wrap the shorter end of the wire around the 16g
wire opposite the one you wrapped while finishing
off the first piece of wire. Space the wraps so that
1 wire will fit between each one.
Bring the longer wire down over the top wire, in
between the 2 16g wires and behind the bottom
Wrap the wire up over the bottom 16g wire and
bring back in between the 2 16g wires, then
behind the top wire.
Make sure that the bottom wrap falls between 2
of the wraps created when finishing off the first
Bring the wire back down again, between 2 of the
wraps on the top 16g wire, and back through
between the 2 16g wires, and behind the bottom
Continue weaving in the same manner until you
reach the end of the wraps.
At this point you can begin weaving as you were
before finishing off the first 26g wire.
About the Artist: Donna Spadafore is a self taught jewelry artist who has spent years
improving her techniques and creating new, original jewelry designs. She
now teaches many of her designs to her students using on-line tutorials
available on her web-site. If you are interested in learning new and
wonderful jewelry techniques, go to http://www.gailavira.com/tutorials
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