3h 53min intermediate Resources

Get wrapped up in creating custom wirework for your beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings with jewelry artist Lisa Niven Kelly.

Episode descriptions

1. Episode: Introduction

Meet your instructor, artist Lisa Niven Kelly, and learn about the five essential tools you'll need to make beautiful wirework findings.

Wire Working Basics
2. Episode: Wire Working Basics

Master the basics of wirework findings as Lisa demonstrates how to make loops, wire-wrapped loops, standard spirals and open spirals.

Coiling and Jump Rings
3. Episode: Coiling and Jump Rings

Learn how to scale your wirework findings production by coiling wire to make several jump rings all at once. Lisa will show you several ways to coil wire -- by hand, using a drill and around the nose of a pair of pliers.

Head Pins
4. Episode: Head Pins

Head pins keep beads and stones from falling off a vertical wire, such as a dangling earring. Once you learn the basic head pin, expand your collection with several decorative head pins, including spiral, diamond, flower and cluster head pins. Finish the lesson with Lisa's discussion on designing dangling earrings.

Ear Wires
5. Episode: Ear Wires

Learn the basic Shepherd's Hook and how to harden and soften your wires for the perfect fit and placement. Then, add decorative elements like spirals, beads and coils.

Hook Clasps
6. Episode: Hook Clasps

Secure your bracelets or necklaces with simple single or double hook clasps and then work your way up to a stunning double-wrapped loop hook-and-eye clasp.

Toggle Clasps
7. Episode: Toggle Clasps

Toggle clasps are functional and beautiful. They can be used to secure a bracelet or necklace or become the focal point of your jewelry.

Sculptural Wire Toggles
8. Episode: Sculptural Wire Toggles

Take your toggles from fastener to showstopper as you make amazing wire-wrapped clasps that could be the centerpiece of your creations.

Oxidizing & Polishing
9. Episode: Oxidizing & Polishing

Add antiquing and dimension to your findings as Lisa demonstrates two different methods for oxidizing -- using an HCl-based solution or liver of sulfur -- then polish your pieces using a cloth or pad, or a tumbler.

About the Teacher

Lisa Niven Kelly
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Make Your Own Wirework Findings

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