In the spirit of paying it forward and since I'm not rich enough to surprise you all with an envelope of cash. (Who wouldn't love that??) I have decided to share a quick tutorial I whipped up for a friend a while back.
I don't know how other people do their woven bails, but this is how I do it. You will need to be a relatively competent and experienced wire wrapper to follow this, but it shouldn't be too hard to give it a try, anyway. This will depend on how well your eye is calibrated, too, because you'll have to make some decisions on your own, based on your project. (Try it with copper first.)
As some of you know, I like to tie down my wires. If you are comfortable not doing that, then by all means, adapt this to suit your style. This isn't written in stone. Experiment. For example, I like to wrap with (4) 20g round wires, so I have 8 at the top. I turn 2 down leaving 6 to weave with. You can do it whichever way you work, but you will need, at least, 2 wires at the the top to weave. If you are using 22g, you should probably hammer your wires. But, use your own judgement. That's what wrapping is all about- individual expression.
If you find this Free Wire Wrapping Mini Tutorial useful, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. :) AND... remember to pay it forward.
So, here it is- the rough, dirty and quick pictorial tutorial for my wire wrapped woven bails. You can click to enlarge images.
|2.5 arm lengths is a good start. Better to have some leftover than to run short. BTW, my arms are kinda short, so don't make it too much.|