About this project
Hello! My name is William Aldrich & I have been making wire wrapped jewelry for almost 2 years, & it is a deep passion of mine now.
Each piece of jewelry is unique in its own way and will always be one of a kind. I take various gauges of choice metals and twist them around each other so that the finished piece securely holds raw and cut minerals elegantly. I absolutely love pushing through to the next level with every single piece I make. This is why I want to make a series of matching accessories, wrapped in high quality metals holding premium choice minerals.
This matching series of wire wraps will include;
One pocket watch, one double finger ring, one ring, one pendant, two brooches, & one bill clip.
Each piece takes very many hours to complete, sometimes up to 40 hours.
Some of my favorite minerals are garnet and tourmaline, especially warm colors. So this series of accessories will hold matching warm color variations of garnet and tourmaline. I personally find wrapping warm colored minerals in mostly gold with silver accents to be particularly attractive.
Wire wrapping is a very old style of jewelry similar to filigree, but no heat is needed. The technique used to facet the gems would be best described as tension setting. Tension setting requires a LOT of steady delicate hand-eye coordination, making sure to never mare the wire. This is why I take my diligent time on each and every piece. Many techniques are used in combination with other techniques, carefully measures to ensure the cleanest, most aesthetic faceting possible. A huge amount of pre-thinking is absolutely necessary to achieve this task elegantly.
The different shapes of metal wire I like to use the most are;
18 gauge square, 18 & 16 gauge half round, 26 gauge round, & a shape known as low dome.
Your donations will go towards new & better tools, the minerals & metals I listed earlier, as well as marketing materials such as business cards & magnets.
Thank you sincerely for your support & taking the time to review my dreams.
Risks and challenges
I feel absolutely confident in my trained hands & ability to think ahead to avoid potential damaging to either the gems or metals. On the rare off-chance my hand slips, I have methods of making it look as if it never happened, because I've practiced buffing small surfaces. I also have previous experience with metal work from high school. As far as faceting small facets, I wrap in an area that has clean flat surfaced floors such as linoleum, wood, or concrete, to make finding a dropped stone MUCH easier than say carpet or grass. I quickly learn from my mistakes.
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