Tutorials

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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Step by Step Wire April/May

by Cindy on March 17, 2014

 

Step by Step Wire 2014

Another issue of Step by Step Wire is available – have you seen it?  A friend on Instagram let me know when she received her contributor copy – and I was in for a surprise when I saw the cover.  I have a wire link necklace in this issue, and it’s rather special to me because it contains fun + whimsical lampwork beads by my long-time friend, Kerry Bogert.  I just knew these beads I hoarded for a few years would go to an extra special project!  Kerry has a tutorial in this issue as well…. Look for her half-chevron dangly earrings!   You’ll be sure to find a great variety of wire projects – check it out and let me know what you think! :-)

Step by Step Wire - Cindy Wimmer

Step by Step Wire Cindy Wimmer

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fun St. Patrick’s Day and week ahead.

- 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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Winter Whites

by Cindy on January 28, 2014

Vintage mother of pearl

Hello!

Not too long ago I sat down to create my next project for Step by Step Wire magazine.  I had made twisted wire spirals that seemed to make the perfect back drop for something special.   I tried stitching a few vintage mother of pearl buttons on to the spirals with thin-gauge wire. The twisted wire around the edges created a nice border.  I was inspired to use some of those pretty mother of pearl buttons again that I had saved in a jar!  Why wait til the summer to enjoy a little white? We’ve certainly had our share of white this winter here on the East Coast!  Our snow days are all used and we’ll be borrowing from summer vacation days before long.

Do you collect mother of pearl buttons?  Any two-hole button will do. Gather up a few of your favorite buttons – ceramic, lampwork, vintage or new and create twisted wire + button pendants.  You can find this project in the February-March 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire.

 

Oxidized Wire Spirals by Cindy Wimmer

- Oxidized spirals before being polished and added to the tumbler -

 

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

Thank you for visiting!

- Cindy xoxo

 

Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer

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 wire jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released by Interweave Press.

 

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Autumn BAJ

by Cindy on September 6, 2012

Autumn is creeping in, I can’t deny it.  Today I actually saw leaves falling to the ground.  When I looked down, I couldn’t believe how many dead leaves were already covering the grass.  Three of my four kids started school this week.  And another sure sign of the changing seasons – the Autumn 2012 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry is out!   This has got to be one of my favorite issues ever – I’m psyched to say that many friends have their work published in this one.  I enjoyed turning page after page.

I’m excited to have a project featured as well…a wire link bracelet.  You can create a wire base in any metal you chose – I used silver, brass, bronze and copper.  Once you connect your links, you’ll have a sturdy base to add all sorts of charms. You can keep your bracelet minimal with a few select charms, or pile on all sorts of antique buttons and beads as I did.

One of the featured artists in this issue is Stacie Florer who will be teaching in just a few short weeks at artBLISS.  If her earring project caught your eye, you’ll want to learn about metal jewelry fabrication with this fine instructor in person.  Her workshops are on the verge of being full though (one is already full), so you’ll want to sign up soon!  I can’t wait to see her jewelry in person, as well as the work of all of the instructors, at the Friday night Meet and Greet!

- Cindy

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