I wanted to wish a happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone, by sharing a quick little tutorial for this Celtic inspired wirework clover. It can be used for many things like earrings, pendant or even a bookmark. I used 30cm of 0.8mm wire and the final clover measures approximately 3 x 3.5cm but you can make it any size you want ☘😃☘
Christmas is almost upon us and I recently played around with some wire, to come up with this years Christmas decoration. I like to make a handmade Christmas decoration, that I give to everyone in my family each year. I ended up making a cute wirework angel, that can be used both as a Christmas decoration, but I also think they would make cute earrings. I decided to share a little picture tutorial for how to make it, as there is still time before Christmas and they are pretty quick and easy to make. I used a 40cm length of 1mm wire to achieve an angel of approximately 3cm tall. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas.
This week I want to talk about my favourite glues to use and what I specifically like to use them for. The three glues that I will discuss are:
This is probably the glue I use the most overall. And I also use it for multiple different purposes. It is an industrial strength glue, so it is therefore really strong and anything you make with it is going to be very strong and durable. This glue dries clear and is therefore ideal to use for jewellery making as you don’t want any glue to show when you’ve finished making your piece of jewellery, and with this glue you avoid that. Another plus about this glue for jewellery making is that when it dries it still stays somewhat flexible as opposed to a glue that dries hard that can be uncomfortable against the skin when wearing that piece of jewellery. With this glue you avoid this, as it stays flexible it won’t irritate the skin. I use this glue for many different things, including macrame, kumihimo and even wirework as well, as can be seen in many of my Youtube tutorials.
E6000 on Amazon:
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This glue I also use a lot, and has very similar benefits as the E6000, but I use this for more specific purposes. Like the E6000 it also dries clear, is very strong and durable and it also stays somewhat flexible when dry. It doesn’t stay quite as flexible as the E6000 but more flexible than i.e. a super glue, and it is therefore still great to use for jewellery making. But by far the best feature of this glue is that is has a very fine applicator tip, which means you can really do some recision glueing, and only get the glue right where you want it to go. This can be very beneficial for specific things, like finishing off micro macrame.
G-S Hypo Cement on Amazon:
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Super glue gel:
The last glue that I occasionally use is a super glue and most often people will have a glue like this lying around and it is a all around glue, but the regular super glue isn’t ideal for jewellery making as when it dries it goes really hard and will be very uncomfortable and irritating against the skin. Therefore I don’t use this glue much, and certainly not for things where it will lie against the skin, but if you want to use a super glue I recommend using the gel type of super glue as that stays slightly more flexible than the regular super glue.
Super Glue Gel on Amazon:
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I get many questions asking me what wire I use in my tutorials, and where I buy them, so I thought I would address that question with this blogpost and accompanying video you can find using the following link:
In the video you will find that I go into more depth about the wire itself, and what I use the different gauges for, to help anyone who might be starting out. It can give you a better idea of what the different gauges of wire is normally used for.
The place where I buy my wire is:
And if you’re a new customer and use this code when you first order, you will get £10 credit on your account after your first order, which is always a nice bonus.
I find that the quality of the wire is great and I especially like that you can buy it on large reels of 50m each. That is very helpful when you are someone that uses a lot of wire. You don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of a project as much as if you have smaller reels of wire available to you.
So I hope that was helpful, and answered any questions about where I buy my wire and what kind of wire it is.