How To Make A Cone Shaped End Cap For Wire Jewelry
Example of an End Cap
End Caps for Wire Jewelry
Wire jewelry making is a wonderful and challenging endeavor. While making the basic jewelry from wire can often be a relatively quick and satisfying pursuit, the real challenge and issue with making viable wire jewelry is what to do with all those blasted little end wires. Seriously, I've been making and teaching wire jewelry making for many years and I've witnessed more than a small amount of frustration from students who simply can't finish a piece because of that issue.
Certainly in the beginning of my own studies, I encountered a similar problem. Particularly so if the piece has been woven and you're dealing with 10 to 20 wire ends all at the same time, all screaming to be put into place somewhere, anywhere! Is there a simple solution?
Although it's not clear in the example photo above, like wire jewelry that's been woven, in this particular piece, there were lots of woven fiber ends to contend with and the silver conical end caps helped to conceal those nicely.
Make Your End Cap Match Your Wire Jewelry
There are a couple additional reasons why wire jewelry designers have a challenge dealing with their end wires: first, if you've gone to all the trouble to spend multiple hours laboriously creating a piece of handcrafted wire jewelry, you'll want to finish off your ends with something that does the piece justice. Secondly, that usually means that you'll want a custom finish for your work. What better solution than to make your end caps out of wire then?
Making a Wire End Cap With a Pencil
Cleverly Conceal Your End Wires
In the photo above, you can see that the wire end (after the wire cone has been formed all the way on the pencil tip) has been left long and then wrapped around the dowel to form a nice, neat circle. Another wire finding, like an "s" clasp (see first pix above) can then be attached to finish the piece.
Now, what you can't really see is that once the wire has been wrapped around that dowel twice, the end wire is then reinserted into the center of the wire cone and is used to bind and connect all the wires and fibers that the basic wire jewelry piece is comprised of.
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