How to Be a Wire Whisperer

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena
Video Episode 2

by Rena Klingenberg.

What’s the secret of wire jewelry that turns out well? In this video I share what I’ve learned about flowing with the wire.

Wirework That Flowed
vs. Wirework That Didn’t

BELOW:  For the tiny sunstone on the left, wrapping the main cradle for the cabochon was tricky, and when I got to the more decorative wires above the stone, I was afraid of messing up.

So I got uptight – and the wire in that area did too!  That part of the pendant is a mess.

For the gaspeite on the right, I just completely stepped into a state of flowing with the wire – and when the wire wanted to curve in long arcs far away from the stone, I went with it.  I’ve always loved the graceful way this one turned out:

making wire jewelry with Rena Klingenberg

BELOW:  For the paua shell pendant on the left, I accidentally cut a longer piece of wire than I needed.

So instead of stopping when the design stopped flowing, I kept going – determined to use up as much of that wire as possible!

The result is a pendant that feels overpowered with wirework, and a cabochon that’s buried in metal.

For the pearl pendant on the right, I let the 14-gauge wire guide the design completely.  I flowed with it into curves where it wanted to curve, and coils where it wanted to coil.

I stopped as soon as the wire didn’t seem to have anything else it wanted to do – and I love the simple pendant that resulted:

wire pendants by Rena Klingenberg

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on flowing / not flowing with wire – and on the connection between your mind, your hands, and your wire!

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

Earrings: “Green Tea Seranata” fun fringey earrings by Southwind Design.

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

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By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.


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