Herringbone Wire Wrapped Ring

Herringbone Wire Wrapped Ring

This complicated looking ring uses the herringbone weave, which is actually suprisingly simple. It’s pretty much “over and around.”

   To start out you’ll need:

  • 1″ 18 gauge wire
  • 12″ 24 gauge wire
  • 9mm round bead
  • Flush cutters
  • Solder setup
  • Metal File

Wire Ring Base

Begin with enough wire to overlap whatever size you want your ring to be (make ring 2 sizes larger than intended finish size to accommodate for the weave). I used 18 gauge silver square wire as my base.

Herringbone ring base with bead

Slide your bead on the wire. I used a 9mm glass bead. Cut the wire ends flush against eachother and file.

Solder Setup

Solder set upSolder the edges of the wire. I used a rosin core flux so I just cut off a tiny piece of solder, wedged it between the wire edges and heated up the wire with my iron. This also may be completed using a torch.Coil wire on one side of the bead.

Coil wire on one side of the bead

Use a small gauge wire (I used 26 gauge sterling silver wire). I used about a foot of this in the next few steps. Wrap around the solder join until you have a coil around the wire about 1/4″. Repeat on the other side of the bead.

Begin herringbone weave

Take another piece of small gauge wire and begin to wrap it around the coil just like in the previous step.

Begin Herringbone Wrap

 Bring the long tail of the wire around and make an overhand wrap around the other side of the bead.

And done!

Continue this wrap until you have reached the ends of the coils. Wrap the tail of the wire around the base of the ring a couple times to hold it in place.

Pi Resin Charm

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This was one of my first worthwhile pieces learning to work with resin. I pretty much just used layers of epoxy resin and rhinestones to create symbols. My techniques have since improved, but this remains one of my favorites.

I used a fairly shallow metal bezel with clear 2mm rhinestones to make the bottom layer. I made a Pi symbol with 2mm blue pearl rhinestones in the next layer. The last layer is just another layer if epoxy resin for the doming effect.

I highly recommend taking up resin casting if you haven’t tried it yet. I’ve begun incorporating resin in a lot of my projects. You can buy bezels or make your own using bottle caps, polymer clay, or sheet metal. Both epoxy and polyester resin can be used in molds too, just remember to use a mold release agent Transparent and opaque dyes as well as effect powders are available for resin. Try embedding small objects such as stickers and watch parts in layers to create a unique pendant. Have fun!


Polymer Clay Octopus

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I really enjoy making random charms with polymer clay. In my opinion, Sculpey works best for actually forming more complex pieces as opposed to Fimo, which I like for canes, beads, and pendants.

I used a moss green colored clay and grey blend to make the color.

To make the head I rolled a grape sized ball of clay into a cone shape. Rolling the ball at a slight angle with a piece of sheet metal or glass gives the octopus head its shape. The bottom should be concave to allow for room for the legs to be attached. Apply a small amount of pressure to the top and bottom of the head with your thumb and first finger.

To make the legs I rolled a almond sized ball of clay into a long, thin cylinder. I would coil a leg one way then cut it the tenth I wanted. Repeat until you have as many legs as you want. Mine looked best with five.

Its a good idea to arrange and rearrange the legs before you glue. Just be careful, they are very delicate. I glued mine with a polymer clay super glue. Gently apply the glue on the tip of the leg and press it against the head.

Bake at the appropriate time and temperature, and you have your own octopus! Don’t forget to seal with a varnish especially made for polymer clay.

You can use different tools to make eyes and smooshed balls of clay to make oval spots on its head. Try making legs in different positions. I saw a cool photo of an octopus hanging from a post that I’m going to try. Post that later…


Fabric Hairpin with Wire Bezel

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Making hair accessories is super fun. You can choose from so many different style clips and use so many mediums to decorate them.

The first thing I did was make a rectangle the size of the blank. I soldered the wire. I sealed the same size rectangle of fabric with the Florida Gators logo.

I super glued the fabric to the clip blank and glued the wire on top!

Easy, fun, and unique.


Bottle Cap Bezels

 

 

 

I loved making these resin casts. I used bottle caps as bezels. Some I drilled holes in to make a pendant and others I used as a cabochon. I wrapped square wire around the edge side down the back and up the top edge to hold it in place.

 I took texturized cardstock and adhesive ribbon to make different designs. I sealed it with Triple Thick.

The Remember pendant is made from the cardstock, ribbon, and pillow sticker. I sealed the cardstock and poured polyester resin to make the first layer. The second resin layer is the ‘remember’ sticker. The last layer is Magic-Glos, an epoxy resin. Magic-Glos is a self-leveling resin so it bubbles over the rim a little bit but doesn’t spill over the top. It dries in the sunlight or under a UV light in about 15 minutes.

The Sweet pendant is made with cardstock and ribbon for the first layer. A couple of rhinestones and a sticker were used for the second layer. The last layer is just the epoxy resin again.

The Clock pendant is just the cardstock as the first layer, watch face and parts as the next and epoxy resin on top.

You can do so many cool things with resin and bottle caps. Try layering with paper, stamps, word or letter stickers, fabric, rhinestones… Seriously. Anything. Just make sure to seal porous surfaces before pouring the resin!

Peace
LG


Finally Broke Down and Made a Blog…

Welcome to Elle Gee Designs. Not much yet but check out my Etsy shop at http://theellegee.etsy.com or my Cut Out + Keep how to’s and projects at http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/users/67435 till I can get some more stuff up here!