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Snow shoe Sparklers

from Martine Callaghan
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Snow shoe Sparklers
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Form wire on a mandrel
  • Make a loop
  • Make a small coil

Pattern Description:

While researching images of Christmas for inspiration, I came across a picture of antique snow shoes made by native American Indians and I was staggered by the artistry and beauty in these practical yet mundane objects. They are made by weaving thinly cut strips of animal hide on a wooden frame using a regular and intricate weaving pattern.

The teardrop shape lends itself beautifully to usage as a jewellery component and I have simplified and embellished the weaving pattern to resemble a stylized Christmas tree with baubles by adding 3 faceted rondelle beads of increasing sizes. Other types of beads can be used but make sure before you start that the hole can accommodate 2 widths of the weaving wire.

They are very easy to make, just above beginner level and should take no more than an hour.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The finished teardrops are 4cm (1 1/2") long.

Materials:

  • 25 cm/10" 1mm/18ga Soft Wire
  • 1m/39" 0.4mm/26ga wire
  • 2 3x4mm rondelle beads
  • 2 4x6mm rondelle beads
  • 2 6x8mm rondelle beads
  • 2 ear wires
  • Square nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler and marker
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • 12mm/ 1/2" mandrel
  • Cleaning cloth
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$2.50

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About the designer

My passion for jewellery designing and making started 12 years ago with a silversmithing course and I have since embraced other techniques such as stringing, bead weaving, chain maille, resin but my ...

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