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Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Wire Wrapping Mini Tutorial : Wire Wrapped Bail / Woven Bail

Hello good readers! I hope you all are having a wonderful day. I woke up to a horrible day. Awful, just awful. Then I got an email from someone who is performing a random act of kindness on my behalf. I can't tell you how much this improved my day!

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.
























Have fun and happy wrapping!


14 comments:

  1. Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us.

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    1. Hi! Thank you for commenting. I hope you are doing well. :)

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  2. Thank you so much! Bails are what I struggle with the most; I never know what to do with all those wires, and I like things to look clean without a lot of swoops and swirls. Your tutorial gave me lots of ideas.

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    1. Hi! Yeah, bails give everyone fits! Hopefully this will give you some more options.

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  3. Thank-you so much. I will definitely try this. It's beautiful! Hope you have happier days to come. Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Gina- you're such a sweetheart. :)

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  4. Tela, thank you. I'm still in transition. We just got back from our motorcycle trip. It was hard but enjoyed every minute of it. We road all the roads north and south then all east and west of Utah. What an amazing state.

    Now I'm back in Illinois packing to leave on Wednesday for Florida. I can't wait to get back and settled in. My shop has been closed and can't wait to open it back up. I can't wait to unpack my tools and settle back down. Thank you for the bail tutorial and your previous blog on photo tips.

    Hugs - Kate

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    1. Hi there wandering bones :) Sounds like you had quite the adventure. I have to ask- while you were in that great rock hounding state, did you pick up any cool rocks?

      When you are all settled in, feel free to ask any questions you might have. :)

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  5. Great tutorial Tela, thank you for sharing! I'll give it a try when I get a chance.

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    1. Thanks John :) Be sure to post a picture if you try it.

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  6. I'm thrilled to find your blog (by accident!). I'm a big fan (you do beautiful work and I actually bought one of your pieces). Just started doing wire wrap jewelry late 2013. Thanks for the tutorial! Annie M.

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    1. Thank you so much Anne!!! I hope you find this useful. Happy Wrapping!

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  7. Oh wow! this is the easiest I've seen these bails made. I've tried so many and they just look sloppy or uneven. I'm gonna try this way and see if it works better. Thank you so much for sharing!

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