Stainless Steel Wire Wrapping

Stainless Steel Wire Wrap

Michelle Artisan Jewelry, Wire-weaving , , , , ,

This pendant is the result of my first foray into stainless steel wire wrapping. While I know of a couple other jewelry designers who use stainless steel in wire wrapping, using stainless steel is relatively rare. The primary reason that most shy away from it is due to the strength and springiness of stainless steel. These characteristics makes the stainless difficult to bend.

Stainless steel wire wrap

If you take note of the curled wire designs in this piece, I had to use pliers to bend the wires to make these curls. If this same piece were made of copper, I would be able to to use my fingers to bend the wire. (Although, I  do use a pair of needle nose for shaping the curls at the the end of the wire even with copper.)

So you may be wondering why I would choose to use stainless steel. There are two reasons. First, stainless steel does not tarnish, unlike sterling silver. And secondly, stainless steel is less expensive than sterling silver.

In this piece, I used 20 gauge stainless steel for the foundation, and 30 gauge stainless steel for the wrap. The cabochon is silver sheen obsidian.

Stainless steel wire wrap

I am ecstatically happy that I was able to beat the stainless into submission make the stainless steel work. When I began, I had my doubts. But I love this piece!

I made this bracelet to go with the necklace.

Red flower memory wire bracelet

You may have seen this bracelet before, because it was the bracelet I made when I wrote the tutorial, Making Memory Wire Bracelets. I like this bracelet. But I’m not sure it matches the necklace as well as I’d hoped, despite using the red flower beads to tie them together. I may have to make another bracelet that better matches the necklace. Oh darn!

I want to make a pair of earrings to go with the necklace. I am waiting for inspiration to strike. In the meantime, I am doing another stainless steel wire wrap that I hope to share shortly.


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