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The Jeweller's Guide to Baisic Wire Wrapping by SRTolton The Jeweller's Guide to Baisic Wire Wrapping by SRTolton
A continuation of the "Jeweller's Guide" series- this time for basic wire wrapping. If you use or re-post this tutorial anywhere, please credit me (srtoltonart) and link back to this page. I'd also love to see anything that you guys make with this! I teach locally once in a while and its amazing to see what people come up with when handed the same material. :)

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All you ever wanted to know about twisting wire: [link]

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GothicAngel2525 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
This tutorial is awesome. I'm looking forward to using it. Any particular brand of wire straightener you recommend? 
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
Thank you and nope.  :)  You're talking to someone who started by wrapping waxed paper around massive plumbing pliers for straightens, so using something specifically designed for it is just awesomeness, hahaha.
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justanotherwrapper Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I'd like to use your tutorial in a class I teach. Is that ok as long as I credit you and link back to you?
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2015
Hi justanotherwrapper.  No, it is not alright with me.  I would ask that you do not use this to teach.  As someone who teaches classes myself, I feel that using another instructor's guidance is not idea for the student for multiple reasons including clarity, and additionally, you would be earning a profit from my hard work.   However, plase feel free to send a direct link to the tutuorial to your students., and thank you very much for asking.  :)

Edit: One more clarification.  Please do not print it out and send it with the students either, even if it is not part of the teaching of the class.  Getting your student's emails is great, either before or after- I've never have someone decline as I send a followup email with links to inspiration, tutorials, magazine resources and so forth.  Additionally, you are able to keep in touch re: future classes and other promotional stuff they may be interested in.
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justanotherwrapper Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
No problem, I always check with tutorial writers before using their work. Many people assume that if it's on the internet, anyone can use it. As a writer myself I am very sensitive about this issue.

I'll send the link along. 
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SRTolton Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Thanks again.  :)
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ladyvolsfreak Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You referenced "using the same technique as a bezel binding (3.3)."  Where would I find this referenced?  Can't wait to try this out! Thanks for your work.
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Apologies.  It should just refer to step 3 in general.  The whole "Make a hook and wrap it around" the bundle.
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SpyerSecol Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for these tutorials!
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brownsugar1212 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
That was awesome directions.
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:iconchenali:
chenali Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful tutorial! Your work really does inspire me and I feel like I learned alot just from reading this :)!
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:iconrwolf1970:
rwolf1970 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) very well written
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:iconkimtootsy:
Kimtootsy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
That is beautiful, you are very talented. I love how you make the instructions so easy to understand. I can't wait to try this. Thank you
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:iconlinlupin:
LinLupin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Artist
random question, how much do the wires cost?
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
It depends on what type of wire you're using. Cheaper options than sterling, fine silver, or gold filled is silver filled, brass or copper. I buy a some of what I use here: [link] and you can see their prices. Copper can be a couple of cents a foot.
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LinLupin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Artist
okay, thanks :3 I really wanna try doing stuff like this sometime.
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:iconrodentdrem:
rodentdrem Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice! :)
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SqueekAndDestroy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nicely done!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Neat! You're totally more organized than me. I tend to have a more 'run with it' approach. The marking the wire never worked well for me! Lovely set up of the tutorial. I make mine with the numbers running straight through rather than restarting the numbers for each step, I think it looks less intimidating this way!
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Lol, I don't know if anything I made would turn out symmetrical if I didn't do the tape marking. I rush through the actual process really quickly (note the absence of more step-by-step photos after the bending bit... that's me losing track of things) so if I don't do that part I just think- oh, close enough, and I end up with a bail that's 1/2 cm to the side. X| I kind of like the breaks because when you're learning its easier to remember - now I bend- then the steps involved as opposed to a bunch of tiny things, but I can totally see how having 5 steps with minor steps can look intimidating too.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I kind of freak out and take photos of every movement when trying a tutorial :giggle:
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wooow :D this was totally nice :D thanks for sharing :D
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
You're welcome. :)
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innerdiameter Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
very pretty and well photographed tutorial!
I pretty much skip steps 1 and 2 (except I still cut the wire!), but this probably works much better for a beginner :D
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thanks! I really like the taping and straightening because its so mindless and keeps me organized (I tend to work in one big rushed mess). I also have my students trace out their stone and try out a few different places and shapes of binding sometimes which is kind of cute to watch because I don't think I've ever done that for a regular pendant ever. It helps a few of them, especially the nervous ones when they're all "Omg, what should I do!?" and then they get to plan things out and I can help them figure out what will work best before using wire.
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janaalus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are my hero! Awesome tutorial! :D
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
oh thank you for putting this up~!
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
No problem. :)
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TinyPasserine Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Useful tutorial. I'll use this as reference for next time I wrap. Thanks for sharing :)
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
You're welcome. :)
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:iconskezzcrom:
skezzcrom Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice job :) I use alcohol as well to remove the marks, it dries fast.
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thanks. Actually, alcohol makes more sense because the markers are alcohol based, aren't they.
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skezzcrom Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep :)
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Svetodara Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
You're welcome!
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