Learn to create this pretty bezel setting. By using whipstitch to secure the structure wires and spirals in place you create an interesting pattern both on the front and back of this reversible design. Using spiral shapes around the sides, allows you to see parts of the stone, adding interest to the design. For this tutorial I have used a circular cab, you could use any shape you like as long as the sides are of a fairly even thickness.
This tutorial is based on a round cab, although once you have mastered the design it is possible to set uneven shapes or even pointed back faceted stones. Whilst learning the technique though I recommend using flat evenly shaped cabs.
The last picture in the sequence shows the back of the pendant.
This is an advanced lesson with 44 detailed steps over 21 pages, it includes lots of clear crisp photos making it an easy to follow guide.
Inspired as a child to make jewellery when I was bought a bead weaving loom one Christmas, my style has changed dramatically over the years, from simple strung necklaces into what you ...
Inspired as a child to make jewellery when I was bought a bead weaving loom one Christmas, my style has changed dramatically over the years, from simple strung necklaces into what you see today.
I have always loved working with semi precious stones and wire, for many years I have experimented with different ways of combining the two. The jewellery on these pages have been influenced by the designer Eni Oken who has helped me to harness the natural beauty of the stones and compliment them with silver wire work.
Each piece has lots and lots of hand coiled wire, no glue or solder is used just ancient methods of coiling and weaving.
I now divide my time between making jewellery and writing tutorials for my designs, if there is a piece that you have seen and would like to learn how to make, but can't find the tutorial, just let me know and I will see what I can do. I am also a freelance writer for 'Making Jewellery' magazine and have had several projects published.
In 2009 I launched my business, working full time on my jewellery. A daunting step but one that I have never regreted. In 2010 I started writing my first book, Wire Jewelry Mastrclass, which was published by The Guild of Master Craftsmen and will be available from October 2011.