Everyone loves an initial necklace, right? Grab your pliers and the template and make your own wire monogram necklace!
I have used a lovely free opensource font called Made Likes Script as the basis for my alphabet, adding loops at the beginning and end. I haven’t added any arrows to the letters to show how to form them because it made them look far more complicated than they actually are! Move the wire just as you would if writing with pen and paper.
All the letters start in the same way; with a round loop. Depending on the letter, this will be the loop at the top or top left of the letter. We will then end the wire at the bottom or bottom right, ending in another loop.
If you are new to working with wire, I would recommend having a few practice runs first – wire doesn’t always do what you want it to! Also bear in mind that some wires can be quite soft and easy to bend and others quite tough to manipulate. Look for wire that is meant for craft and jewellery or that is referred to as ‘soft’.
You will need:
-0.8mm Jewellery Wire; I’m using this pure copper wire
How to make:
1.Cut a 10-15cm length of wire and grip one end in your round nose pliers. Make sure you are right at the tip of the wire, so no wire is sticking out between the jaws of the pliers. Roll the pliers away from you until you have a loop.
2.Grab your print out and place the loop you have just made over the top or top left loop of the letter you want to make. I’m going make an ‘M’.
3.Placing the wire directly on top of the template, use your round nose pliers to grip the wire where you need to create the next loop. Pull the wire around to make teardrop shaped loop. Rather than pushing the wire around the pliers, pull around using the very end of the wire to make a looser, more open shape.
4.To make the larger curves, grip the wire at the widest part of the pliers to shape, pulling it back on itself.
5.Repeat steps 3 and 4
6.To finish, roll a loop at the end of the wire and cut of any excess.
7.If the shape is a bit wonky, you can gently flatten using chain nose pliers. This also has the benefit of hardening the wire, helping to keep its shape.
8.Add to a chain by linking a jump ring to the top loop.
Most of the letters are formed using different combinations of these techniques.
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