I’ve made an art journal in this format before and it can be really freeing. I’ve been feeling kind of overwhelmed with all the ideas and things I’ve wanted to do. I’m hoping this art journal will just give me some freedom to create what I feel like creating any given day.
Here’s a little introduction video:
I got a mini binder from Target.
It came with some extra accessories. I probably won’t use the dividers, but I’ll use the envelope page and the ruler.
I also got a Strathmore Mixed Media notebook that is the perfect size to go with the mini binder. The pages are perforated and I will rip them all out, hole punch them and put them in the binder so it’s not just blank when I want to use it, which would make it more overwhelming.
I’m planning to do a page each day. Whatever I feel like doing that day, I’ll just do and put in my binder.
Come back next Friday to get an update and see some pages I’ve created so far.
Learn about wire types and uses in this video and PDF worksheet below.
Gauge is the thickness of wire. Remember: the higher the number, the thinner the wire.
You’ll see gauge often notated with “ga” after the number, i.e. 18 ga.
You can find wire in the following hardness:
• Dead soft
Most of the time I suggest half-hard for my tutorials and in my eCourses for wire wrapping.
If you’re using sterling silver and some other types of wire, you will find a hardness notated. However, for a lot of craft wires or artist wires you will not. I use Parawire, which is silver plated wire, and there is not a hardness indicated. Often these wires are very similar to half-hard wire.
Memory wire is great for bangles or loops; however, it is not for wire wrapping. Also you’ll need heavy duty wire cutters to cut memory wire.
What I use the most:
For most everything I make and teach I use 20 gauge, half-hard round wire. For clasps I’ll use 18 or even 16 gauge wire. Occasionally I’ll use 22 or 24 gauge for wrapping onto a structural piece or with beads with smaller holes.
Now that you know wire types and uses, why not put them to use?
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– How to make your own clasps (including: hook clasp, S clasp and toggle clasp.)
– Other jewelry components:
Wire wrapped bead link
Wire wrapping side drilled beads
Wire wrapped bead ring
Jump rings (how to make them and how to properly open and close them)
Chain (I teach you how to make a figure eight chain! So satisfying!)
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