Artistry in Chip Carving - A Lyrical Style by Craig Vandall Stevens

By Craig Vandall Stevens

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Hold the wire approximately J” from the tip of the pliers. The closer you hold the wire to the end of the jaws of the pliers, the smaller the loop will be. The further up in the jaws of the pliers you hold the wire, the larger the loop will be. 20 4. Hold the wire firmly in the jaws of the round nose pliers and use your fingers to bend the wire down to form an upside-down U. It will resemble the shape at the top of a bobby pin. 5. Continue to firmly hold the wire in the jaws of the round nose pliers and use your fingers to bend the wire around the pliers until the wire ends are both pointing up.

Sterling Silver Crescent and Bead Earrings If you don’t have an awl, you can use a small nail to start your pilot hole. Use the same technique described here for using an awl. Chapter 5 8. Curve both 1” pieces of the rectangle wire into a “C” shape using a ring mandrel and rawhide mallet. Align the holes that you drilled on each end of the 1” rectangle wire pieces. Compare both of the C-shaped rectangle wire pieces and adjust the curves so that they are similar in size. 6. ). 7. Use the file or fine grit sanding pad to eliminate any burs or rough edges left from drilling holes into the rectangle wire pieces.

Lesson—practice; practice every day. Stick with one medium and do it really well. Craftsmanship is key. —Laura Villanyi Flameworking 38 Wire-Wrapped Cuff Bracelet Chapter 4 This cuff is great for men as well as women. Use the larger men’s size of pre-made cuff bracelet and add extra length to the 18-gauge sterling silver wire, generally six to eight inches to accommodate the larger men’s cuff bracelet. 39 5 Sterling Silver Crescent and Bead Earrings Sterling Silver Rectangle Wire and Seed Bead Earrings Follow the step-by-step instructions to make these basic bead earrings using a loop closure.

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