Coiled fishhook clasp and fastener

Braided Necklace Fasteners

2 Wrap the extending wire around the stem, just under the loop. '3. Cut the wire off the spool, leaving about X in. extending. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, form the extending wire into o link (see page 13). This is a variation on the basic fish-hook clasp. It is used on cord, ribbon and twisted or braided wires- in fact, anything to which a jump ring or hook cannot be attached. 1 . Working from the spool, moke two coils of wire about * in. long, in the same way as when making jump...

Butterfly necklace

Hammered Wire Jewelry Magazine

You will need 24-gauge biack iron wire Approx. 100 size 8 green and biack seed beads Round- and fiat-nose pliers Wire cutters Hammer and steel block Vise OPPOSITE Mrtfct* this black-wire butterfly in your favorite colors to suilyour personal style. The braided cor J gives a Celtic look. Much of Celtic art depicts animals as the subject. Even though butterflies were not as popular as dogs, horses, and roosters. I have given this piece a Celtic theme, through the beaded spirals on each wing. You...

Book of kells choker

Celtic Wire Jig Patterns

I took my inspiration for this choker from the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript now housed in the library of Trinity College. Dublin, that dates back more than 1200 years and is regarded as one of the greatest surviving treasures of Celtic art. The stone in this choker represents the stones from which the monks would have ground their colors. The pink wire unit represents the swirling framework and lavish ornamentation of the illuminated text. I . Cut two 7-in. lengths of 20-gouge pink...

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Lsn Magazine

To moke the centrol cross motif, cut o 6-in. length of 18-gouge silver wire. Find the center of the wire with your round-nose pliers and bring the two ends together, crossing the ends over one another about 1 in. up the wire. O. Hammer the bose of the doubled end of the wire on a steel stoke to flatten it. (). Twist one piece of wire around the other, just above the hammered area, to form a small loop, which will be the top of the cross motif. 10 . Working from the spool of 18-gauge silver...

Duo spiral bracelet

Celtic Norse Step Step Wire Jewelry

You will need 20-gauge pink wire 20-gauge green wire Round- and flat-nose pliers Wire cutters Earty man observed the beauty of nature's spirals, using them as a symbol of eternity, symbolizing life, death, and rebirth. Spirals can be found in the art of most earty civilizations, but it was the Celts who found a way of weaving two. three, four, or even more coils together. These fun, colorful bracelets, made from two tones of wire, can also be made in gold and silver for a more reserved, classic...

Triskele choker

Keltenschmuck

Suspend the triskele motif from a twisted-wire choker ring made from the same two colors ofuire. as here, or from a ready-made chain or ribbon. The triskele. or triskelion. is a motif consisting of three interlocking spirals. Three-piece spirals were used by the early monks, probably to represent the Trinity of the Father. Son. and Holy Spirit. The number three was also very important to the Celts, as it stood for the on-going cycle of birth, life, and death so this choker has strong symbolic...

Celtic cross

Celtic Triskel Chain Jewelry

Many of the finest examples of Celtic metalwork were created for the church, and embellished with precious and semiprecious gems. This jig pattern is a simplified, modern-day interpretation of a traditional Celtic-style cross. Celtic crosses differ from the later Christian crosses, which have a longer central stem. It is supposed that Celtic crosses were designed symmetrically to fit into a circle the symbol of the cycle of life . My design is suspended from a hand-made chain of S-shaped units...

Double spiral necklace

This double spiral is less delicate than the Open Spiral Bracelet on page 60. Each unit is made from one p ece of doubled-over wire, providing a very solid, metallic effect. For an elegant matching set. make earrings from just one double spiral, suspended with a pendant bead. 1 . Cut six 6-in. lengths of 20-gauge silver wire ond twelve of copper. Bend eoch length in half by placing the tips of your round-nose pliers in the center and pulling and straightening the wire on each side so that it...

Hammer and steel stake Superglue

How Make Celtic Head Dress

Cut two 2-in. lengths of 20-gouge copper wire. Using your round-nose pliers, curl each one into small open spiral, slightly smaller in diameter thon your chosen buttons see page 15 . Gently stroke hammer each spiral on a steel stoke to flatten and work-harden it see page 21 . Glue one spiral onto the top of each button. Continue curling the circles in toward each other, until they meet in the confer. Gently stroke hammer each unit on a steel stoke to flatten and work-harden it see page 21 ....

Shawl stick pin

Celtic Cross Circle Jewelry

The decorative design of this shawl or hat pin is derived from the Canna Cross a carved stone cross on the Scottish Hebridean island of Canna. dating from between 700 and 800 ce. Although very little of it now remains, the center of the cross is in the form of a circle, representing the cycle of life. Here. I've shaped the cross using a jig. in order to be sure of making it symmetrical. The same motif also makes an attractive necklace pendant or earrings. 1 . Referring to the pattern on page...

Round and flatnose piers Wire cutters

Wire Jewelry Jig Patterns

. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, curl the very ends of the doubled-up wires into o circle, trying to keep the wires parallel to each other. Continue forming an open spiral on each side, curling them in toward each other so that they meet in the center. Leave just over ' - in. of wire uncurled ot each end, to form the links. 1 . Cut eight 9-in. lengths of 20-gauge silver wire. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, bend the wire about 2 in. from the end. Thread two block seed beads...

Using a jig

Wire Jig Patterns

As there ere a number of different styles and types of jig on the market, you may find that you have to adjust the patterns in this book slightly. I suggest that, before you attempt any of the ig projects, you place your pegs as directed and then wrap o piece of cord or string approximately the same gauge os the wire thot will be used around the pegs, following the pattern. Measure the amount of cord or string that you have used so thot you know how much wire you will need to make the project,...

Twisted torque bangle

Wire Jig Pattern Book

You will need Six cotors ot 20-gauge wire 4 x 5mm round siiver beads Masking tape Cylindrical dowels or mandrels. 'A in. and 2 in in diameter The most beautiful torque bracelets and neck rings have been recovered from Celtic burial sites. The torque was a badge of rank and power, and classical writers have reported that Queen Boadicea wore a golden neck ring and bangles when she went into battle against the Romans. This technique can be used to make a variety of choker collars, as well as...

Pebble and shell charm bracelet

Tutoria Pebbled Bracelet

Although no charm bracelets dating back to the Celtic era survive. I am sure that shells and natural objects would have been made into necklaces and bracelets, as the Celts were very fond of decorating and adorning themselves for ceremonial rituals. This bracelet demonstrates how you can attach un-drilled. semiprecious stones or small pebbles to a chain to create a highly individual bracelet. The gold wire enhances the warm tones of the semiprecious stone pebbles and shells, l or a...

Valentine knot bracelet

Celtic Jewelry Information

No book of jewelry projects would be complete without a heart, the symbol of love, among the designs. In this bracelet. I've given the heart a very Celtic rendering with curling spirals, and have used bone- and wood-effect beads and cotton cord to reflect the materials that would have been available in those ancient times. 8 x 8 mm wood- and booe-ettect beads Round-and lla nose pliers Wire cutters Hammer and steel stake Superglue optional The interlaced natural cot ton cord and bone and wood...

Looped knotwork bracelet

Celtic Warrior Nose

You will need 8 x 6 mm round Wue beads 8 x size 8 while seed beads 20-gauge silver wire Round- and flat-nose olceis V. -in. round dowel or mandrel Hammer and steel stake Wire cutters Celtic warriors dyed their bodies with a substance called woad a blue wood dye , drawing swirling patterns, much like tattoos, all over their skin to make them look fierce in battle. This bracelet was inspired by both the blue dye and those swirling patterns. This is 1 simple.yet effective chain-unit design that...

Twisting wires together

Twisting wires together is not only fun and quick, but can provide a bolder, more metallic feel to your pieces. Celtic craftsmen would have cast a lot of their pieces in bronze, so to achieve a chunkier, more authentically Celtic-looking effect as in the Twisted Torque Bongle on page 56 , twist six to eight wires together. I recommend using a vise ond hond drill for this technique, as it is both quick and effective. If you do not have these tools, however, attach one end of your wires to a door...

Hand drill and vise

These ore not essential tools, but they are useful for twisting several lengths of wire together see page 1 7 . A small vise that you can attach to the edge of your work table is also a helpful tool to hove if you ore braiding wire see page 1 7 , as it holds one end of the wires firmly together while you work although you could ask a friend to help. Aium A hand drill and vise useful for twisting and braiding wires. Aium A hand drill and vise useful for twisting and braiding wires. L lt n A jitf...