In my last post we took a look at some of the wonderful jewellery tutorials available for free around the web, teaching everything from basic ring-making to slightly more advanced wire sculpture. Seeing as the tutorials featured in that post were aimed almost solely at the beginner artist however, I decided to make a second post with tutorials for an artist who already has a more advanced skill set. So, here are my…
Top 5 Intermediate to Advanced Wire Jewellery Tutorials
At some point during your journey through the crazy world of wire wrapping, you’re probably going to want to learn how to wrap a cabochon to make it into a pendant. Whilst there are plenty of great free tutorials out there, I’ve always returned to this little tutorial from jewellerytutorials.org. Each step is written very clearly and concisely, with relevant photographs accompanying almost every step. Once you’ve mastered the steps outlined here, you’ll be able to start designing your own beautiful pendants in no time at all.
If you’ve spent any time at all browsing the jewellery section on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen this tutorial floating around quite a bit. It was originally posted by ~Tegero over on DeviantArt, and is definitely worth a look. Whilst the earrings certainly look complicated to make, ~Tegero has written a great tutorial with lots of pictures to help you along the way; and aren’t the earrings just so beautiful? The techniques you learn in this tutorial can also be transferred into lots of other designs, so be creative and try making your own variations.
Once you’re comfortable with the basic technique for wrapping a cabochon, you might like to try your hand and making some more decorative pendants. Erika Schneider has written a great tutorial for her beautiful Alice Pendant, which unfortunately does need to be translated into English if you can’t read Hungarian. Don’t worry though, the tutorial includes lots of photographs, which are more than enough to teach you how to make this wonderfully intricate pendant.
If you’re interested in making your own wire bracelets, I’d recommend this neat little tutorial. The tutorial opens up as a pdf, and is very clear with accurate measurements and beautiful pictures. The actual bracelet is quite fiddly though, so it most certainly isn’t a design for beginners.
If you’d like to see more of this artist’s work, Nancy Wickman also has a wonderful blog, which I’d definitely recommend checking out.
The link in the title opens up to a page full of free tutorials by the wonderfully talented Bobbi Maw, but personally I think her vintage style earrings are by far the most beautiful; in fact, I think these earrings are one of the most elegant and visually stunning pairs I’ve ever seen!
The tutorial for these earrings is the second to last on the page, and is written with great care and attention to detail. You’ll find her photographs sharp and relevant, and her instructions detailed but simple to follow. I promise, this is a tutorial you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again!
So there we have it, my personal favourite jewellery tutorials for intermediate artists. What about you guys, what are your favourite tutorials? Feel free to post links and pictures down in the comments below, but don’t forget to credit the original artist! Share the love guys 🙂