Purple Passion Pendant
Accentuate a gorgeous gemstone with this free wire jewelry tutorial. This Purple Passion Pendant design uses elegant scrolling silver wire to complement the rich royal purple tones of the stone. Sometimes the hardest thing about finding beautiful stones is figuring out what type of jewelry creation to make with them, but this pendant is the one to make! Wire-wrapping is a cool way to add a little romance and flair to an already stunning stone. Give your next pendant project some extra shine with these wire-wrapped jewelry instructions.
Project TypeMake a Project
Time to CompleteIn an evening
Bead Technique UsedChainmail/Wirework
Bead Project TypeNecklace
DID YOU KNOW?
Wire wrapping jewelry is one of the oldest forms of jewelry making to ever exist. This specific jewelry making technique has been around for actual centuries. They can date information of wire wrapping jewelry all the way back to around 1446 BC, in reference to a biblical expert about creating a wire wrapped breast plate. However, the language was not laid out quite so simply as that, and instead would discuss the art of "filigree." Filigree was basically the name they gave to forming and creating the wire. They would pound the metal into very thin sheets that would then be cut and rolled into very thin strips, thus creating wire.
However, wire wrapping jewelry and lovely different wire wrapped patterns and uses are most commonly associated with the Phonecian Empire of Greece. This is where most of the historical evidence of creating and wrapping wire was birthed, but it is definitely not the only places. There are even some traces of wire wrapping techniques in Ancient Egyptian Pharoh Tombs. How crazy is it that this technique was being used all over the world?
Wire wrapping was also an extremely popular technique because it did not require any kind of soldering or casting. Making the wire was extremely easy, and no accessing wire is very easy, which is why it is great for homemade jewelry projects. However, at the ancient times it was used because soldering didn't exist yet; when soldering came around it stayed so popular because it was the more economical option since soldering could become very expensive.
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