Mother's Day Gift Idea!

Mother's Day Gift Idea!
Spoil your Mum (or yourself!) with a colourful resin bangle with a sparkly magnetic clasp. Wear one on it's own, wear a stack of monochromatic bangles or really let her personality show and wear a stack of different colours together. Peronalised sizing available so no matter what size wrist she has, there is a bangle to fit! Available at the Mill Lane Studio Resin Jewellery Shop

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Great Balls of Wire!

My jewellery giveaways are progressing nicely since yesterday's post. But after assembling the beaded chain, I decided it needed a bit more razzle dazzle and I had just the thing in mind - coiled wire beads.
Stash of crazy wire beads made from silver wire

These Great Balls of Wire are made using the Coiling Gizmo.  I've had this neat little gadget for quite some time but I hadn't used it before so this was the perfect opportunity.

To make your own balls of wire, you first need to create a coil following the instructions that come with the Coiling Gizmo. I've used the thinner mandrel and 28 gauge non tarnish silver wire for bright, shiny beads. It took about 3 metres (10 feet) of wire to make a coil the full length of the mandrel. From that I coiled about 7 beads.

Once you've made the coil, cut the anchor wire and slide the coil off the mandrel.
Trimming the end of the wire coil with flush cutters so it can be removed from the mandrel

Unwind the first couple of coils and wrap the wire around a headpin.
Unwinding the first couple of coils and wrapping them around a headpin.

Continue wrapping the coil around the headpin stretching it as you go.
Beginning to wrap the coil around the headpin, stretching it as you go.

Continue wrapping the wire back over itself.
Continue wrapping the coil around the headpin stretching it as you go.

This will help create a fuller bead with a rounded centre.
Coiling the wire again, over the base


The bead should look something like this.
Finished silver wire coiled bead

Now push the ends of the coil together squeezing the wire coils into each other. This will help make a firmer bead. You can also reshape the bead a little by pinching and rolling it between your fingers.
Push the ends of the coil together squeezing the wire coils into each other. This will help make a firmer bead. You can also reshape the bead a little by pinching and rolling it between your fingers.

Use flat nose pliers to turn the headpin at a right angle. Trim the headpin to approximately 8-10mm.
 Use flat nose pliers to turn the headpin at a right angle. Trim the headpin.

Use the round nose pliers to turn a loop and the wire ball bead is ready to be incorporated into your project.
Use the round nose pliers to turn a loop and the wire ball bead is ready to be incorporated into your project.

And here it is amongst all the pretty AB beads on my beaded chain.
Shiny, coiled wire beads and black bicone beads with an iris finish dangle in a bunch on a silver chain

Now I'm much happier with the way it looks.

If you'd like to make your own Great Balls of Wire, you can download the printable pdf version from the tutorials page at Mill Lane Studio.

Now, it's back to the production line for me - there is still much to do!

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Make your own crazy wire coiled beads from wire inspiration sheet.


'Til next time.....








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