Thursday, 25 October 2012

Wendy's Wire Woven Rings

How do you make a good quality, well designed metal dress ring without using heat? You weave it!

The weaving of strands of materials have been present in human evolution over millenia, based on numerous historical finds. It is then no surprise that the weaving of wire is an obvious feature in design. An online search will reveal other wire woven rings. I have been experimenting with a wire weaving technique which I adapted from a well-known rope braid, using strands from 4 up to 8 or more. Typically, a good braid for 0.7mm wire is the 5 strand technique. 

Outcomes are similar to this:

Wendy's Wire Woven rings

The possibilities are endless! Change the gemstone bead, change the look. Change the weave, and you have a brand new design. The rings are stackable too, so more than one ring on your finger leads to a whole new look!

Stackable rings
Some of these rings will be available to buy at Wendy McLean's Jewellery stands at the upcoming craft fairs at Doddington Hall , 2 November 2012, and Newmarket Art, Craft and Design Show, 9-11 November 2012. 

The designs I have created makes it convenient for teaching – without the use of heat and complicated equipment. So a short 2- or 3-hour wire weaving course is quite practical.You can also sign up for a course at the shows, and meet me.

The first of Wendy's Wire Weaving courses to make a dress ring will take off in November 2012 this year, at Revival in Lincoln. If you are interested in signing up for a course elsewhere, please visit my website and send me an email using the contact link on Wendy McLean's website