I’ve been working with wire the past couple of weeks. One fascination is how to use wire to capture cabochons. I bought a bag of small glass cabs that remind me of candy. By using light weight craft wire I’ve been able to create some interesting cages.
Here are two:
The blue doesn’t seem to have enough wire wrapped around it’s front but it doesn’t shift. So maybe you don’t have to use quite so much wire as I did on the green one. Though the excessively snaky look is kind of cool.
I built these using a square of wire on the back and joining a much longer piece of wire with coils. The tightening the loose front wires by putting bends in them. Think tightening fences.
back of the wire wrapping
It’s all a bit of a spaghetti disaster while I’m trying to get the two peices of wire attached to each other. Maybe it will get easier with practice.
There is also the question of how to make the top/bail tidy.
First though I have an idea for making the front wires into a star…
Progress has been made on the ring.
A flat piece of copper was hammered and then cut into a circle.
That circle was dapped into a dome shape.
The the tree bit was soldered onto the domed bit, making a hollow ornament
A chunk of 12 gauge half round sterling wire was made into a ring band.
The top was then sodlered to the ring band and… voila …
the front of the ring
ring face soldered onto the ring band
ring from the side
I happen to be pretty dang proud of my first “real” soldering project.
Next up the finishing. In the end the top of the ring will be black and the band will be satin finished silver.
I got tools from Rio Grande this afternoon.
Clockwise from the top. Ring mandrel — very pleased with the quality and heft. Parallel pliers — thank you Sarah L. for getting me addicted to those expensive little dears. Raw hide mallet for banging on metal. Ring clamp for holding onto things and not sanding my fingers, and a pair of tiny pointy snips for getting into tight spaces.
But there is no way that I’ll be doing any work at the bench for the next couple of days.
there’s a bench under there somewhere
I have to finish the patio furniture cushions first. (They are gonna be great!)
new cushions in the making