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How to WireWrap Beach Glass the Easy Way

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Beach glass, or sea glass, is one of the prettiest pieces of garbage you'll ever see. I am lucky to live on Cape Breton Island in the Atlantic Ocean and I'm able to collect my own beach glass. If you aren't so lucky, you can buy them on Ebay. This technique also works for any flat, irregular object. Beach glass works well because its surface is naturally rough - shiny objects are pretty but very slippery, and therefore much more difficult to control when you're first starting out with wire-wrapping! This is my first tutorial & it's super duper long, because I had trouble taking out any steps. If it's any help, I shot a video, too! I thought it would help explain the photos by watching me create something start to finish. Also, it was hard to get the photos while also working with both hands. So you get both! Link in the PDF. This is a full-length tutorial, but I'm putting this up for free so you can see my teaching style! If you're interested in more, especially the swirls, try my new book: www.freeformwireartjewelry.com. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You should already know how to hold a pair of pliers... I'll show you the rest!

Recommended with this pattern

  • 2 feet of round artistic wire, about 20 or 22 gauge
  • beach glass
  • flush cutters

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Gayle Bird Designs
Gayle Bird Designs
I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making jewellery! The two are combining beautifully with my online tutorials. Through all the art forms I've explored - painting, digital art, clay sculpting, web design, paper art, and calligraphy - my love of colour has guided me to new discoveries. Now, over a decade of self-teaching has produced my distinctive, spontaneous style of wire-sculpted art jewellery. My pieces weave non-tarnish wire around a wide range of stimulating materials. The warmth of semi-precious gemstones, the unlimited, variegated colours of firepolished glass, and the fascinating textures & history of beach glass all lend their own character to each one-of-a-kind creation. In my steampunk-inspired line, the patina of vintage, salvaged materials contrasts sharply with the bright & modern designs in the surrounding wire. I love to create and I love to teach and share with others. I hope I can help you find a new technique or pattern you'll love!