How to Make a Wire Link Chain Bracelet

by Cindy on July 25, 2014

Looking for a new project this summer?  Learning to make your own handmade wire chain is a great foundation for jewelry designers.  Only a handful of tools are needed and there’s no need to solder, making this a great project to work on whenever time allows.   I like to wear my handmade wire chains in a mismatched group of bracelets.  

Wire link chain bracelet tutorial by Cindy Wimmer

Please visit my recent post on the Craftsy blog for a step-by-step photo tutorial.  You can change the link shape and change the type of metals used – you’ll see it’s easy to customize this wire link.  That’s what I love about wire:  it is incredibly versatile!

Wire link chain by Cindy Wimmer

Wire chain bracelet by Cindy Wimmer

 

You’ll find the wire chain bracelet tutorial right here on Craftsy.

Thanks for visiting!

- Cindy xoxo

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released last Fall.

 

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Hello!

We’re rolling along swiftly into summer, wouldn’t you say?   This happens every year – I cannot wait until my favorite season, and then I’m keenly aware that it is flying by.  It is July somehow! If you find that you have some time amidst busy schedules and summer vacations, I have a few wirework  jewelry tutorials for you!

If you’ve seen the June/July 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire, maybe you’ve already seen my wire bangle tutorial.  The Twin Twirl bangle features two classic wirework techniques:  spirals and coils.  You can make a similar bangle with just a few tools and mixing 3 gauges of wire. Mixing the metals looks great too.

 

Twin Twirl wire bangle by Cindy Wimmer

Twin Twirl stack of bangles by Cindy Wimmer

Twin Twirl wire bangles by Cindy Wimmer

 

You can find the Twin Twirls bangle tutorial in Step by Step Wire – just click on the image below.

June July Step by Step Wire magazine

 

The August/September 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire is coming out already!  I designed a wire link necklace for this issue.  Again, all you need are basic tools and just 2 gauges of wire this time.  The Inner Circle necklace features a new wire link and a rather neat variation of that link for a clasp.  I still enjoy dreaming up new wire link ideas.  If you’d like dozens of additional wire link ideas – my book, The Missing Link is just the jewelry design book for you.

Inner Circle wirework necklace by Cindy Wimmer

Wire Link necklace by Cindy Wimmer

Inner Circle wirework necklace by Cindy Wimmer

You can find the Inner Circle tutorial by clicking on the SBS Wire image below:

Step by Step Wire magazine August-September 2014

Thanks for visiting & enjoy your summer!

- Cindy xo

 

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released last Fall.

 

 

 

 

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If you collect old buttons – and even if you do not – I have a simple project to share.  I selected a few of my favorite carved mother of pearl buttons for a quick and easy wire-wrapped pendant tutorial.    With just one button and a few inches of wire, you’ll  have a brand new necklace to wear in no time.  Lampwork discs, ceramic pendants and other flat components are just the right thing to make a pendant too. 

 

Wire wrapped button pendant tutorial

 

I’m happy to join the Craftsy community and will be a contributor to their jewelry blog.  There’s always brand new content + inspiration over in the Craftsy columns – something for everyone (paper crafts, photography, knitting, cake decorating, sewing…just to name a few!), so check back frequently.

You’ll find my wire-wrapped pendant tutorial right here, complete with step by step pictures.  Grab your favorite button or two and just a few tools, and you’ll be on your way!

 

How to make a wire-wrapped pendant

 

- Cindy xoxo

 

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.

 

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 We’re excited to announce the artBLISS doors are open for registration.

artBLISS jewelry workshops is celebrating its 5th anniversary and we would love for you to join us!  It’s hard to believe 5 years have gone by since we hosted the Inaugural Event, a gathering of top-notch instructors and fellow jewelry designers and friends.  We have met so many people from our jewelry community and made new friends over the years. We’ve learned new techniques and left the events feeling inspired with a renewed love for handmade jewelry.  We’ve had the privilege of learning from generous instructors who have come in from all over the country.  Students, too, have joined us all the way from CA and Canada. This year we’re continuing this tradition and hope to make it the best year yet.  Won’t you join us?

artBLISS 2014

 artBLISS 2014 will offer exciting workshops with these renowned instructors:

Mary Hettmansperger 

Stacie Florer

Christine Damm

Stephanie Lee

 

artBLISS 2014 5th Anniversary

Digital collage by Susie Hibdon

See all of the workshops being offered and register here.  We have classes to suit everyone’s schedule, from a special evening workshop to a 3-day intensive option.

If you’d like a glimpse of what it’s like to attend a retreat at artBLISS, have a look at one of our recent events.  Deryn Mentock and Diane Cook joined us for Boots & Bliss – an incredibly fun-filled weekend! Here are a few photos from the retreat back in March  

Boots & Bliss 2014

Diane Cook at Boots & Bliss artBLISS 2014

 Diane Cook teaching her Viking knit workshop

Diane Cook at Boots & Bliss artBLISS

Diane Cook's class artBLISS 2014

Deryn Mentock and Dawn Gallop

 Deryn Mentock and Dawn Gallop enjoying a laugh in the Eruption Cuff workshop.

Linda Sinish at Boots & Bliss 2014

 Linda Sinish is a wire + metal pro

artBLISS Workshops with Deryn Mentock

artBLISS Boots & Bliss 2014

Friendships are born and rekindled at artBLISS

artBLISS Boots & Bliss 2014

Having fun at the Saturday night Shindig!  We had an extra-special vendor that joined us all the way from PA.  Linda Sarubin of The Gatchellville Store brought all sorts of vintage and antique components – mainly buttons!   We couldn’t resist.  Fortunately for us, Linda plans to return in September for our 5th Anniversary weekend.

Vicki Holliday at Boots & Bliss 2014

 Vicki Holliday having fun constructing her focal in Diane Cook’s Ruffled Poppies class.

Ruffled Poppies at Boots & Bliss 2014

 Heather O’Brien and Debs Pouliot designing their Ruffled Poppies project.

artBLISS workshops

 Andi Hinkle proudly showing us her newly completed and oh-so-beautiful necklace!

Prairie PeaPod at artBLISS 2014

 Gathering pearls for Deryn Mentock’s Prairie Pearl Pod pendant class.

Prairie peapods with Deryn Mentock at artBLISS

At the end of the day, Deryn’s class gathered their beautiful Pearl Pod pendants for a group photo.

We hope this leaves you totally convinced!   We’d love for you to join us at artBLISS 2014!

 

- Cindy xoxo

 

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.

 

 

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Lucketts – fresh vintage finds

by Cindy on March 20, 2014

 

Lucketts Store

I’ve been so excited to share pictures of a recent excursion to Lucketts, a destination I’ve blogged about many times before.  Life kinda got in the way, but here I am finally with photos to share.  Funny thing is it’s snowing again today… so please enjoy a few last pictures of the snow, and the beauty that is all around the Lucketts property.

Metal cage antique dress form

Vintage cameras

Vintage bowling pins

vintage croquet

antique hardware and hinges

Lucketts

Rusty horse statue at Lucketts

Painted buildings at Lucketts

VIntage lockers at Lucketts

vintage tabletop dress form

Found a dress form at Lucketts

Yes, we brought this vintage tabletop dress form home – simply couldn’t pass it up a second time.  My husband reminded me that I took a picture of it here at the last Luckett’s Spring Market…. I know there must be a reason I crossed paths with it twice.  Brings this  Hey Girl image to mind that I have pinned in my dress forms board on Pinterest… with permission from Colleen of Fresh Vintage.  Yes, I do have a dress forms in my garage and basement, not to mention the studio….

Hey Girl

Rusty architectural salvage

Lucketts Design House

Antique mirror

Oh!  Of course no trip to Leesburg would be complete without a stop at Mom’s Apple Pie, a sweet little bake shop (don’t let the size fool you – they have it ALL inside)….home of the perfect, buttery pie crust. :-)

Mom's Apple Pie, Leesburg VA

Thank you for joining me on our latest treasure-hunting excursion. Next up:  photos from the recent – AMAZING – artBLISS Boots & Bliss weekend! :-)

- Cindy xoxo

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.

 

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