This mini tutorial will demonstrate how to make a whimsical, person pendant. The finished size is about 2 1/2 inches. You can attach a bail at the hand, run a ribbon or beads through the head or turn the hand to use it as a bail. You can add jewelry to it, add layers of beads for hair, make it smaller of larger and pose it any number of ways. Express yourself!
These cute people pendants are done by many people in many different ways. This is my way. I don't know if anyone else does them like this, I haven't seen them, anyway, so if I have stepped on anyone's toes, please do let me know.
This tute will have a minimum of instruction and is intended for people who already have some wire wrapping experience. You need to know how to coil.
You will need all of your standard tools and a round mandrel of just about anything solid that is about 1 1/2 to 1 5/8 inches around.(I use the 42mm circle on my Fiskars mandrel. Sizes larger will require more wire.)
You will need about
about 20" of 18g soft copper wire
about 28" of 24g soft copper wire
Use your own choice of beads and wire to finish the hair. I do not include instructions for hair in this mini tute. Just wrap the beads around the head.
TIPS (READ BEFORE YOU START):
Make the wraps for the arms and the hips as tight as you can or they will wobble and be too loose. That isn't such a bad thing, if you like it, though.
Check out this site for some anatomical drawing tips. These are supposed to be caricatures, but if you need some guidance, I think the link will help.
I wrap the hips front to back AND back to front, it doesn't matter to me. I like them both. The 2 outside people in the group shot (above) are wrapped to the back. The instructions are for the wrap in the back.
In this tutorial, I wrapped the hips twice- THREE TIMES IS BETTER! I've done it both ways, but for your first, 3 will be better.
Try hammering the arms and legs. The straight leg person in the group shot has hammered legs. The person found here is fully hammered. Also, try coiling the arms and legs. :)
When ending a coil, remember to turn under the very tip and tuck the tip between the two torso wires with the tip of your pliers, unless you are binding it in at the head.
Remember to file the ends and remove your marks, if you aren't going to tumble your work.
Ok, Let's do some wrapping!
|Begin by neatly placing tape around the right size round mandrel.|
|Place the tape in the middle of a 7" 18g soft wire and place marks at both ends.|
|Use 20" 24g to coil from one mark to the next leaving a small gap before each mark. Leave a tail on the starting end of the 24g about an inch long. Don't cut the 24g, yet.|
|Wrap the coiled wire around the mandrel. It should not meet exactly. You need room to bend the thick wires so that they will sit side by side.|
|Bend at the marks until the 2 18g wires are side by side.|
|Slide the tail wire end down to the bend. Use the long end of wire to coil any gap that is left on the other side of the circle.|
|Bring the tail down between the 2 18g wires. Using the working end of wire, bind it down with 4 binds. Cut the tail and bind 3 more binds.|
|This is the back side. Cut the 24g close to the 18g and bend the very tip so that it can be tucked in to sit between the wires.|
|Fold a 6" piece of 18g in half. Make a tight "U" that an 18g will fit in.|
|With the front facing you and the head to the right, insert wire from the top. Snug it up against the coils and squeeze hard. Bring the bottom wire up across the top. Tighten and squeeze hard. Gently pull arms up.|
|With 8" 24g wire, make about 15 binds. Snug it up against the arms. Finish ends on the back by tucking ends between wires as you did before.|
|On the back, place a mark about 1/4" down from coils. (Notice the coil end tucked between the wires.)|
|Make a tight bend to the back. Make sure a 7" 18g wire will fit snugly in the bend. I used flat nose to make an even bend and then used round nose to adjust the roundness of the bend.|
|Bring the torso wires around the middle of the 7" leg wire. Make sure this is tight and snug. Adjust as much as you need to and squeeze real hard. These are the hips.|
|Make another turn. Adjust, tighten and squeeze as before, so that this is neat and secure. I finished this with 2 wraps, it would be better to do 3, especially if it is to be a female form. Cut off on the back and file if necessary.|
|With the a small tip plier, make 90 degree turns for the thighs from the hip. Make marks on the limbs. Use about 5/8" for the legs and 1/2" for the arms. You can vary these measurements for different personalities.|
|Make sharp bends at the marks. Do it any way you like. Give the torso a bend to add movement and character, too.|
|For the hands, I used a round nose and brought the wire up and over. For the feet, I used flat nose and brought the wire down and across.|
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