Spotlight on Wire Wrapping

21 Jun, 2015

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Wire wrapping is one of my favourite techniques and I will be adding more wrapped pieces every week.

Wrapping is one of the oldest techniques of making handmade jewellery.  This technique uses wire and findings such as head pins to make components.  Wire components are then connected to one another using mechanical techniques with no soldering or heating of the wire.  Frequently, in this approach, a wire is bent into a loop or other decorative shape and then the wire is wrapped around itself to finish the wire component making that loop or decorative shape permanent. Because of this technique for wrapping wire around itself this craft is called wire wrapping.

Examples of wire and beaded jewellery made using wire wrapping techniques date back to thousands of years BC. The British Museum has examples of jewellery from the Sumerian Dynasty found in the cemetery of Ur that contain spiralled wire components.   This jewellery is dated at approximately 2000 BC. Other samples of jewellery from Ancient Rome show wire wrapped loops.  This jewellery dates back some 2000 years.

Because each piece is made around different stones or cabochons you can be guaranteed a unique piece of jewellery.  Have a look through the site for some wire wrapped jewellery pieces.  If you want something bespoke, please contact me to chat through your requirements.

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