Connecting Wire Squares, Making a Necklace

Thursday, July 17

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Ever try to make a PERFECT square out of wire?

Not possible, at least for me. My edges are rounded no matter how carefully I bend the wire. And try as I might, I could not get two squares to come out exactly the same. I kept making them until I ran out of wire. I have to admit, the last few were much better than the first ones. So practice does make perfect.

My early intentions were to make a bracelet. I got quite a chuckle when I connected four of them with jump rings and draped them around my wrist. OK. So… On to Plan B. Hubby said it before I did. “They would make a nice necklace.”

I selected the best of the bunch, only discarding one. The rest ended up around my dummy’s chest and shoulders.

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I added several links of chains and used lobster claw clasps on both sides to connect them. I love working with chain links. I bought a lot of it months ago but am just now starting to incorporate it into my designs.

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To make these squares, I used 12 gauge brown wire and followed a design found in one of my wire making craft books. I kind of improvised, making my squares slightly larger than the book.

Before making the larger squares, I first practiced with thinner 20 gauge wire.

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The first one is laughable. But instead of tossing it, I kept it as a reminder that the “next” one should be better than the last. As you can see from my line up that is so true. Not sure what I will do with these squares made from 20 gauge. They are too thin to hold up in a permanent design. Great for practicing though.

So… what do you think?

7 comments on “Connecting Wire Squares, Making a Necklace

  1. Great job, Donna.

    And you just answered my question that I asked over in the Cafe…so just ignore me over there. 😀

  2. don_mae says:

    Thanks!! Do you have any copper left? Maybe you can make some of these squares.

  3. Belinda says:

    Donna, I really like the design of this necklace! You are quite talented! And patient! I would find all that work with wire tedious. I’m glad you enjoy it because I enjoy looking at all your wonderful creations. 😀

  4. don_mae says:

    Hi Belinda!! Thanks!! I like working with wire. I will probably begin to use it more in my jewelry designs. Now that I am getting comfortable using it.

  5. fadeafterfall says:

    Make some earrings out of them 🙂 they take a lot less stress and would look great.

  6. Theron says:

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  7. B says:

    Maybe use the lightweight ones for earrings … ??

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