For this month’s Michaels makers Mother’s Day challenge, I decided to make some DIY wire wrapped jewelry. One of the mainstays of my wholesale business a few years ago was handmade jewelry I also used to also teach classes on how to make it as well.It’s something I still love to do for gifts and if I wanted something trendy to wear, but don’t want to pay the big bucks for it.You can sign up for my class on Modern Bohemian jewelry if you would like to learn to make your own!
and I found these cute pendant geode chunks in the bead aisle. I bought 2 sets so I could match my earrings.
I also bought some little brown beads,
20 gauge gold wire, some earring findings and some little rings called jump rings to connect the piece together.
If you’ve never wire wrapped it’s actually really easy. I have a special pair of wire pliers that has a round nose and cutters a bit father down. I use these about 90% of the time. Just start by bending the wire around the one side, gripping tightly. If you’ve never done it, start with a smaller (thinner) wire. It’s easier to bend and work with.
Then start twisting one end of the wire around the other! It’s as easy as that. Then you can add your beads on, then repeat for the other end.
Once you’ve strung your beads and done your end wrapping, you can add on the earring findings. It does take some practice to wrap somewhat consistently, but once you get the hang of it, it goes quickly.
The stone earrings are much easier. They are just a matter of slipping a little jump ring between the two earring pieces. So easy!
They have pretty sparkle and DIY wire wrapped jewelry can look handmade with out looking cheap!
I always think anything handmade is a really nice gift, and
DIY wire wrapped jewelry can be a fun new skill to try if you’ve never done it too.
- Michaels has everything you need to craft the perfect handmade gift that will make Mom’s day.
- If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!