Figural wire bending

July 21, 2007

The August 2007 issue of Bead & Button has a great article on creating shaped-wire dancing figures that attach to focal beads to make pendants.

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Designer Karen Rokoski explains how to bend 24-gauge wire into these little figures using round nose pliers for the round bends and chain nose pliers for the more angular ones.

I’ve seen a similar technique used before in elaborate wire artwork (which can be very cool). What’s neat about Rokoski’s method is how she attaches the figures to one another (like at the hands and feet for these dancers), and how she fastens the entire design to a focal bead using the drill-hole and a connection at the back.

The instructions in the tutorial are nicely done, with helpful close-up photos and an (essential) graphical chart.

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