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 Ornament with Wirework, Czech Fire-Polished Glass Beads and Brown Lip Shell Bead 

Ornament with Wirework, Czech Fire-Polished Glass Beads and Brown Lip Shell Bead
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-- Designer --

Rose, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

To learn more about Rose Wingenbach, read her jewelry artist success story here
Instructions by Maura Buckner, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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Step 1
Using flush-cutters cut the following:
  • One 11-inch length of 4mm flat purple aluminum wire
  • One 12-inch length of 4mm flat gold aluminum wire
  • One 11-inch length of 4mm flat copper aluminum wire
  • One 11-inch length of 4mm flat silver aluminum wire
  • One 8-inch length of 20-gauge gold Zebra Wire™
Step 2
To form the body of the angel use nylon jaw pliers, round-nose pliers and chain-nose pliers. Bend 1/4 inch of one end of the purple wire in a "V" shape. Continue to form the purple wire into a long triangle shape with the sides 3 inches in length and the bottom 2 inches in width. Fold the straight end of the wire back over the top of the "V" shape.

Using hole-punch pliers punch seven 1.8mm holes along the bottom edge of the wire and eleven evenly spaced holes every 1/4 inch up each side, one hole through both overlapping pieces of wire at the top left and top right and one hole through the top of the "V" shape through both pieces of wire where they overlap.
Step 3
To form the wings of the angel start 3-1/2 inches from the end of the 12-inch length of gold wire and bend a "V" shape. Repeat to bend a "V" shape in the opposite end of the wire 3-1/2 inches from the end. Curve the center 5 inches of wire in a gentle arch. Bend each of the end pieces of wire in a semicircle, ending close to the center of the curved 5-inch middle section.

Punch two 1.8mm holes along the end of the gold wire 1/4 inch apart starting 1/16 inch from the end of the wire and punch one hole in the center of the 5-inch section of wire arc.
Step 4
To form the hair of the angel start at one end of the 8-inch length of copper wire and spiral the wire for three tight loops. Repeat on the opposite end of the wire. Place the center of the remaining wire over the edge of a 30mm flat round brown lip shell and gently fold the wire around the shell approximately 70 percent of the circumference of the shell.

Punch one 1.8mm hole in the center of the wire.
Step 5
To form the halo of the angel, gently fold the silver wire in an open oval shape using the spirals on the copper wire as the ending point of each end of wire.

Punch one 1.8mm hole in the center of the wire.
Step 6
Starting from the bottom, string onto a 3-inch headpin the holes at the top of the purple body of the angel, the center hole on the center of the gold wings, two gold-plated 8mm flat heishi beads, one gold-plated 6mm heishi bead, one gold-plated 5mm heishi bead, one gold-plated 4mm heishi bead, one 30mm flat round brown lip shell bead, the hole in the center of the copper hair and the hole in the center of the silver halo. Finish the straight end of the wire with a simple loop.
Step 7
Pass a 1-inch headpin though the first hole on the bottom of the body of the angel with the straight end toward the outside of the body. String a 6mm faceted round emerald glass bead onto the headpin. Finish the end of the wire with a simple loop.

Repeat to attach a 6mm faceted round emerald glass bead drop through each of the seven holes on the bottom of the body.
Step 8
String one gold-plated 3mm round bead and one 6mm faceted round light red glass bead onto a headpin. Finish the end with a simple loop. Repeat to make seven 6mm faceted round light red glass bead drops.

Open the loop on a 6mm faceted round light red glass bead drop. Pass it through the loop on the first 6mm faceted round emerald glass bead drop. Close the loop. Repeat to attach one 6mm faceted round light red glass bead drop to each of the seven 6mm faceted round emerald glass bead drops.
Step 9
Using flush-cutters cut a 22-inch length of Crater Lake blue Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String onto the center of the wire one gold-plated 3mm round bead, one 6mm faceted round light red glass bead and one gold-plated 3mm round bead. Pass one end of the wire through the first hole from the bottom on the left side of the body to the outside and the other end of the wire through the right side bottom hole.

Pass each of the wires through the second hole back to the inside of the body. String onto the wire from the right, one gold-plated 3mm round bead, one 6mm faceted round emerald glass bead and one gold-plated 3mm round bead. String the wire from the left through the three beads going in the opposite direction and pass each wire out the next hole up. Continue to lace the wire back and forth through the holes alternating light red and emerald green glass beads.

When the wire comes through the ninth set of holes string onto the wire one crimp, one 6mm faceted round emerald glass bead and one crimp, and then continue lacing the wire.

When the wire comes out of the eleventh set of holes, pass them through the second set of holes on the gold wings, back through the first set of holes on the gold wings before going through the twelfth set of holes on the body and a single 6mm faceted round light red glass bead. Bring the wire back down through the eleventh set of holes and pass the wire from the left back through the crimps.

Pull the wire tight against the crimp. Place a small amount of adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers crimp the crimp tubes. Using flush-cutters trim the excess wire from the short end.

Place a 3mm gold-plated crimp cover over the crimp tube then gently close it.
Step 10
Using round-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers form an "S" hook/hanger and pass it through the loop on the top of the ornament. Close the loop on the "S" hook.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Simple Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Glues'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''Forming a Wire Spiral'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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