Heavy Gauge Wire Jewelry
by Edd Nelson.
I have been busy this winter developing some new techniques in wire wrapping for heavy gauge wire jewelry. I actually describe it as wire folding as opposed to wire wrapping, because of the process used in obtaining the desired end result.
I Use 18 gauge and 16 gauge copper wire mostly, because of its durable properties that can be worked and reworked without fear of breaking and retains its stiffness. I sometimes have to apply a lot of stress on the wire to achieve the right shape and form.
In some of my more recent designs I also incorporate leather which is a real versatile medium to work with.
Not to mention some specialized tools I had to create to get the final results to come out right.
One of my personal best techniques I have developed is using a single piece of wire (6-7 feet long) and making it into a bracelet without cutting it.
So the end result is a piece of jewelry consisting of a single length of wire from end to end (ie. Wire Folding).
I have also adapted this technique into making rings using 18 to 20 gauge wire.
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