Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Step by Step - - Wire Bead Necklace - This weekend

One of my favourite necklaces to make is the wire wrap necklace - you can use up all the odds in seed beads and speciality beads you have - or make patterns
Here are samples of the wire wrap -  the base is Nickel silver - (plated coper wire) - German Silver (I'll put all the details in the step by step etc.

Definition of Nickel Silver
Nickel silver, also known as German silver,[ Argentan,[ new silver,nickel brass, albata, alpacca, or electrumis a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. The usual formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc.Nickel silver is named for its silvery appearance, but it contains no elemental silver unless plated. The name "German silver" refers to its development by 19th-century German metalworkers in imitation of the Chinese alloy known as paktong (Cupronickel)] All modern, commercially important nickel silvers (such as those standardized under ASTM B122) contain significant amounts of zinc, and are sometimes considered a subset of brass
Less tarnish and more economical to work with

Since I am laid up I am going to outline how to make one of these -  great for sitting in front of the tv - making colour mixes - bag o beads - In fact I may be able to make them -cast and all

The base is a twisted wire that you shape and one end has a round hole (from bending around a knitting needle)  and the other has the two loose ends - one for design and one for connecting -  the best part is it connects to the front for easy wear.
Here are some old samples (prototypes)  (at least 10 years old)  and on the weekend I will do the step by step

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