A New Wire Design

by Cindy on November 25, 2014


Designing with coiled wire by Cindy Wimmer

Looking for wire jewelry ideas and inspiration?  My last project as Step by Step Wire Featured Designer 2014 can be found in the Oct./Nov. issue. I’m sharing a project with coiled wire –  a technique I’m drawn to time and time again.  To create this project, I drew inspiration from the Majorette link that is featured in my wire book, The Missing Link.  I changed the ends of the link, added two types of metal, and added a coiled strand of wire.

Coiled wire variations by Cindy Wimmer

Here you can see I took a prototype and made variations.  For one, I carefully shaped the wires into a bangle bracelet.  It’s a good idea to tumble this one to help work-harden and reinforce the curved shape.

Coiled wire bracelet by Cindy Wimmer

For the tutorial, I show you how to create a one-of-a-kind wire bail.  I pulled out a special, Hilltribe silver flower pendant that I’ve held on to for years.  It was time to show it off on its own special bail.  This project is versatile – you can mix the wire or not.  Add chain or add leather.  In this project, I used micro-fiber instead of leather cording. Hope you have fun with this one and add your own personal twist!

Wire necklace by Cindy Wimmer

 Thank you for stopping by and visiting my little corner of web.

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 best-selling jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was released in the Fall, 2013.



Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion) November 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

Lovin’ the combo of metal and leather, Cindy 🙂

Lynda November 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Always love reading about your creative work, Cindy! And this post is no exception…loving the leather and mixed metals!

Sandra (Preserve Jewelry Studio) November 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

My goodness Cindy. You come up with the most terrific designs. I love the idea and can’t wait to try your technique. Hope all is well.

Cynthia November 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

This is fantastic Cindy! Love the mix media and twists to your wire … it softens the look of the metal and that touch of leather with this is a perfect pairing!

Maryanne November 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I love these coiled wire bracelets, Cindy. And, the bail is fantastic! I love coiled wire and so I’m going to have to try these!!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cindy Cima Edwards November 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Love this idea! Very versatile using for a necklace or bracelet – love!

Lynda December 2, 2014 at 7:10 am

Congratulations, Cindy, on the magazine spread! You are always coming up with such unique techniques for wire wrangling. Love the mixed metals with leather!

Cindy Pack December 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

Beautiful designs Cindy! And congratulations on the magazine. I love your work and always find it really inviting! Thanks for all you do and share with us. Cindy

Cindy December 25, 2014 at 3:55 am

Thank you so much for the kind, encouraging words, Cindy! 🙂

Yolanda January 11, 2015 at 10:57 am


I love your work and looking forward to buying your book “The Missing Link.” I bought a copy of Jewelry Affaire (Winter 2015) and I fell in love with your necklace Bits of Turquoise. I am totally new to jewelry making and excited to start my first project.

Cindy January 13, 2015 at 12:58 am

Thanks so much, Yolanda! So exciting that you are just starting out on your journey creating handmade jewelry! 🙂

Kathleen Lange Klik January 24, 2015 at 11:15 am

Love this technique, it adds a lovely industrial element. I especially like how you combined leather and a sterling flower to the coiled wire in the necklace; they work beautifully together. Congrats again on being Step by Step Wire’s featured designer for 2014! I look forward to seeing what 2015 brings for you.

aviral November 30, 2015 at 5:25 am

Mixing wire and leather in a necklace is an awesome and unique idea. Loving your creativity. All the best Cindy.

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