April 30, 2010

How to Wire Wrap Jewelry Charms Together (even if you can’t decide on the arrangement)

Ever wonder how jewelry designers go about arranging jewelry charms into a necklace that works? This blog post will tell you how jewelry pros go from a selection of charms to a finished necklace that will sell.

Here’s what you do:

1 – Select jewelry charms that collectively tell a story.  This necklace clusters garden-themed charms together that offers an escape to an idyllic moment in a secret garden.

2 – When using multiple charms, use a dense arrangement without a lot of empty space.  Go for lush rather than sparse & puny.

3 – Be patient. It might take you several tries to achieve an arrangement you like, that is balanced and pleasing to the eye.

4 – As jewelry designers yourselves, I’m sure many of you are familiar with the regrettable realization that you need to remove a wire wrapped link from your necklace because you don’t like it.

Well, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there.  We just closed the wrap and we think, “Darn!  That doesn’t work!”  Now we need to cut it apart and re-do the arrangement.  (Keep reading so you’ll never make that mistake again)!

5 – Here’s a lifesaving wire wrapping trick that will save you lots of time:  Start by making all of your link sections, but keep the loops on both ends open until you’re happy with the arrangement.  By doing this you can re-arrange the order of the links without cutting apart a thing!  You can add and remove links as you please by simply connecting the open loops.  Once you’ve got an arrangement you like, simply go back and wire wrap your loops closed.

Keep your loops open so you can rearrange the links

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