Make Your Own Wirework Findings

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

Take your passion for making jewelry to the next level by learning to create your own beautiful, custom findings for wirework bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Award-winning artist Lisa Niven Kelly will entertain and encourage as she walks you through forming a wide variety of findings from ear wires to head pins and more! You’ll learn to perfect the basic loop and then build on that to create hooks, clasps and toggles that can serve as a stunning focal point for a piece. She will show you how to make coils, spirals and flowers to add interest and intricacy to the functional elements of your jewelry designs. You will learn to work in a variety of gauges and metals. Lisa shares her passion for design and will give you the confidence to create and construct your own metal masterpieces.

About

Lisa Niven Kelly
Lisa Niven Kelly

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Lisa Niven Kelly is an award-winning artist and author of the best-selling book "Stamped Metal Jewelry." Lisa is the founder of Beaducation.com, an online clearinghouse for streaming video jewelry-making classes and high-quality tools and supplies. She was voted "Top 10 Teacher" by the editors and readers of Bead&Button Magazine.

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Introduction

01: Introduction

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

4 min
Wire Working Basics

02: Wire Working Basics

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

47 min
Coiling and Jump Rings

03: 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.

24 min
Head Pins

04: 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.

31 min
Ear Wires

05: 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.

37 min
Hook Clasps

06: 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.

31 min
Toggle Clasps

07: 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.

22 min
Sculptural Wire Toggles

08: 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.

16 min
Oxidizing & Polishing

09: 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.

20 min