Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wrapping a Powertex Ammonite

Wow what a busy start to the new year and what a fun one too!  



Did you see Tracey and I sharing some of our Powertex ideas on HOCHANDA on 5th/6th April?  Did you get the fabulous one day special and Jurassic Jewels kits? If so then maybe you were tempted to make yourself some Powertex Ammonites using Tracey's new sand technique and some of my jewellery.    

So as promised, here are the steps and they are really simple and you don't need to have any previous experience to get started.  Here goes...


Step 1

Gather together a finished Powertex Ammonite, 0.9 and 0.5 wire and beads from the Jurassic Jewels kit.  
Tools: flush cutters, round nose and chain or flat nose pliers and some medium grade sand paper.

In thise project I am using a medium ammonite.  I have also created it in ivory and not added pigment. If you do want colour add it before wrapping.



Step 2

Use the sandpaper to gently rub off any sharp areas and smooth the back and sides of the ammonite.

Pull of 5 x 30 cm lengths of the 0.9mm wire making sure you follow the direction of the wire (this is your structural wire). Cut 1mtr of the 0.5mm (this is your wrapping wire).  Use the natural cure of the coils to your advantage.

Hold all wires in your non dominant hand and keeping the wires side by side, leave approximately a 4-5cm tail and in the centre of the wires make 7 wraps on the wire bundle, keeping some tension and keeping the wire flat.  


Once the wrap is complete and with both end to the inside curve of the wire, trim the ends and firmly squeeze with the chain or flat nose pliers.

Moving 22mm along from the end of the first wrap, repeat making a second 2-wraps and then repeat on the other side of the central wrap.

These measurements are for the medium sized ammonite and you will need to adjust if you are wrapping either the small or large ammonites.

The wire now look like this one on the right.


Step 4

Hold the ammonite and gently coax the wire around the shape of the ammonite with the central wrap opposite the outer edge as shown here. 

Holding the ammonite and wire wrap firmly with your non dominant hand, use your pliers to push the wires into the right angle of the ammonite.
Step 5

Gently pull forward the front wire of the anti-clockwise wires and encourage it to work into a curve stroking your fingers along its lenght, the warmth and direction from your fingers will help with this.  Add 3 off the little beads and then turn a neat loop and continue to curve following the inner curves of the ammonote.

Use the front wire of the clockwise wires to make 2-3 wraps around all wires to secure. 

nb: DON'T CUT ANY OF THE STRUCTURE WIRES

Step 6

With your fingers or flat nose pliers and from the middle, gently pull the top outer wire just over the front endge of the ammonite on each side of the wire wrapped groupings, repeating on the back.

Try to make them as even as you can but work with the shape of the ammonite. Press firmly on the outer edges so the wires lie flat. repeat so all 4 sections are wrapped and the ammonite sits firmly within.


Step 7

Next you need to bend the wires comping anti clockwise so they fit closely along the back from top edge to bottom edge where the centre wires. 

Tip: I find it easier to use my flat nose pliers to turn the wire and then use the back of the plier to press down so the wire sits nice and flat.



Step 8

Use some of the 0.5mm wrapping wire to secure the structure wires either side of the bottom central wrap.  These structure wires will become the bale on which you will thread your cord.

I continued up the length of the wire after I had bent the bale into shape so I suggest you leave the wire attached in case you choose to do the same.


Using your flat nose pliers to hold the structural wires bend the wires forwards 1cm up from the base.

Then holding the wires together bend down approx 8mm from the first bend and so that all wires are sitting over the front of the ammonite.  

Leave as they are while we work on the tail wires.


Step 9

The wire coming clock wise of the bottom of the ammonitte now need gently curving, these are the tail wires. Do this with your fingers, gently stroking them all together between your thumb and forefinger and in a clockwise direction.

Trim the wires so that the front wire is shortest and back wire is longest.  I made mine around 8mm shorter than the one it was next to.

On the short front wire add 5 beads. Turn a loop so they don't drop off.  Continue the coil trapping a bead in the coil and leaving the others to find their own level.

Repeat this on each wire, adding 7 beads to wire 2, 9 beads to wire 3 and 11 beads to the longest wire.  Trapping a few beads in the tighter coils as shown in the photo below.



Step 10

Hold the wrapped ammonite in your no dominant hand and use your flat nose pliers to make a couple of bend in the rear wires, this helps give strength and tension.

You can see here where I have done a basket weave wrap on the back of the bale. 

Turning to the front, trim the bale wire so the centre wire is a little longer than the other two.  Turn a loop on the four outer wires.

Thread 3 beads on the centre wire and turn a loop to secure them

And that's it!  


Here is the finished Powertex Ammonite Wire Wrapped Pendant.





All you need to do now is make a corded necklace that you can hang it from.  

This is a very basic wrap and there are lots of ways you can change the bale, or even leave off the bale and using powertex and a little bit of kitchen paper or fabric add a brooch back.

Look out for more tips soon on finishing your Powertex circles jewellery pieces.

Have fun and make sure you share your creations with us over on Powertex Addicts United we love to see your makes!

Unitl next time... Fi xx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Powertex Jurassic Stencil

With less than a week to go before Powertex UK is back on Hochanda (Tracey launches a super duper ODS 8pm on Wednesday 5th April) I just had to give the rather gorgeous and highly detailed stencil a try.  Honestly you seriously need this stencil in your life!

Now while I will be back on air demonstrating some more jewellery ideas on Thursday 6th using the same products as Tracey, I thought I'd decorate a rather nifty wooden tool rack that a very dear friend gifted me a while a go.

The result of my crafty bit of playtime is this twin look piece. 

Hope you like it..

Fi x



Monday, 13 February 2017

HOCHANDA Followup

Hope you have got your Powertex out and been creating?  If you were inspired by the jewellery designs on our last shows on Hochanda, then this follow up is for you.

I have completed the pendant I demo'ed and thought I would show you the finishing stages.


First I checked over the back and sides of the bezel. Even 10 days after the show I was able to clean this up. I gently rubbed with a baby wipe until the dried Powertex was soft then gently scraped with an old bank card then wiped clean.  

I checked the piece all over to see if there were any sharp edges, this is essential so that it is comfortable to wear.  I gently rubbed sharp areas with an emery board.

Next I added a layer of Powertex red ochre pigment blended with some Powertex Easy Varnish colouring most of the piece.


Then I added a tiny bit of Powertex white pigment to the red ochre and dry brushed to add highlights.  I then cleaned my brush before adding even fewer highlights with plain white pigment. 


Finally I added one of the cords.

And that's it finished and ready to wear!  
 
Share your Powertex Jewellery with us on Powertex Addicts or on my Facebook page

See you next time....
Fi 

Friday, 20 January 2017

New Year - New Challenges - New Blog

Wow what a kick start to the New Year!

2016 ended on such a high with me being invited to join the Powertex UK HOCHANDA Team.  So I was already excited about what 2017 has to offer! 

Then 
wham!

The best surprise ever!  I was invited to join the Powertex UK Design Team! 

I am so thrilled and honoured to be among such talented artists and creators and I cannot thank Powertex UK enough for believing in me and "getting" what I do.

I'm looking forward to sharing lots of projects and tips with you through this blog and more in depth in my workshops around CV9-CV13 and of course on HOCHANDA.

Some how I think my Powertex Angel has been watching over me and nudging me in the right direction.

Hope you can join me in my journey

Fi xx