Sunday, July 13, 2008

Freeform Wire-Wrapping

I am accustomed to traditional wire-wrapping techniques, but I love freeform beadweaving, so I when I had some down-time at work Thursday, I decided to see if I could combine the two.

And here is the result:

I am crazy about this bracelet! I had several different gauges of copper wire to play with, and a nice selection of blue-green stones and beads. I grabbed a few copper beads for accents, and was all set.

After forming the bracelet frame with 14 gauge copper wire, I started adding the beads, and it really was very similar to making a free-form beadwoven bracelet - wherever I saw an empty spot, I just wove some more beads into the pattern, using thin copper wire instead of Fireline!

This bracelet has a very organic feel and appearance.

It is easily adjustable by spreading the frame or squeezing it closed, and because the frame is a thick gauge, it holds its shape once adjusted.

As much as I love this bracelet, it is now available in my Etsy shop!



MelsDolls said...

wow! great job! :)

Sweet Freedom said...

Thank you!

Becca Nelson said...

I found your blog through the etsy forums.

Good luck with your shop and your blog!

Sweet Freedom said...

Thank you, becca!

Anonymous said...

Ah freeform wire wrapping, you're a woman after my own heart! Absolutely gorgeous bracelet - I LOVE it!!!

Sweet Freedom said...

Thanks Sharon - but YOU are the master!

MyFairLadyVT4 said...

I really love this bracelet.

Sweet Freedom said...

Thanks, Ann! Me, too!