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I have great news for those of you who are interested in making the wire cage pendant that I talked about in my previous post. I had mentioned that I had learned how to create these from Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s book Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques. While looking through Pinterest over the weekend, I discovered that the publisher had posted two PDF projects with detailed instructions from the book as teasers and the wire cage “pod” pendant was one of the projects included, so I wanted to pass this along to my readers so that you can try out this project for yourself. Click here to be directed to the publisher’s website and to the link where the PDF is located. You’ll need to scroll through the text to get to the PDF for the wire pod pendant. There is also a really awesome PDF for a spiral beaded bracelet as well. I recommend checking both out, and if you like these, make sure to check out the entire book for even more great projects.

Here are some pictures of another wire cage pendant that I created yesterday. For reference, I used the following materials for this piece:

I enclosed the following objects in the piece:

 

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I’ve been teaching myself how to create wire cages over the last few days so that I could make wire cage pendants for placing delicate objects such as small shells & crystals and other found objects that wouldn’t hold up to being directly wire wrapped into a piece.

Here is the first finished piece that I created:

 

If you are interested in learning how to make wire cages,  I learned how to do so from Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s book  Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques:

Definitely a great book to get you started if you want to start learning wire working in jewelry and don’t know where to start. It will help you learn the basics of wire working as well as go over the basic tools you need. It also gives you a nice mix of beginner through advanced projects so you don’t get bored. I highly recommend it.

Today, I plan on going to buy some more brass and copper wire so that I can experiment more as these cage pendents are really super fun to make.

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This is my next bracelet, which is made from a resin tile cast with baby pine cones from may backyard and a feather I had found. I decided to use all brass findings for this to keep with the natural, warm coloring of the resin tile. As a result of this, I had a hard time finding screw eye posts for the resin tile that matched my wire, jump rings and chain, so I decided to make my own (as shown in the picture below). I will show you how I did this in my next post, so stay tuned!

 

Here are the pictures of the finished bracelet. I used turquoise for the main beads of the bracelet and bronze colored crystal beads for the accents.

 

 

 

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This next piece is a bracelet that I call the Remembrance Bracelet as the main center part contains some parts of vintage rosaries that had fallen in disrepair, which my grandmother had collected over the years because she couldn’t bear to part with rosaries that she has used. I thought it was very fitting to cast these pieces into resin and give them new life as beautiful bracelets. Here are some pictures of the first version of the bracelet that I made:

 

I soon discovered that the bracelet was much too long, so I removed a bead link from the center of each side and then the piece was just the right size! Let me know what you think.

 

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Here is my first official post. I am going to keep it short for right now as it is getting late, but I wanted to share a few quick pictures of the necklace that I just finished up the other night. The pendant piece is of a moth, which I found outside my house last Fall, embedded in casting resin. I set the pendant piece on a brass bezel and created the necklace part from brass wire and chain that I accented with crystals and freshwater pearls.

Now, here are the pictures:


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