Wire Wrapped Jewellery
Take one polished stone, a few feet of assorted lacquered copper wires, some simple hand tools, bring them together with plenty of patience and skill and you have the makings of a pretty necklace. At least you do if you are an expert in wire wrapped jewellery like Penny Wyldbore. As you can see from the examples on this page, this combination allows for some very intricate jewellery.
Because each stone is unique Penny has to work out what the best approach is for each one. The first requirement is, of course, that the stone must be held firmly. The second requirement is that there are no loose ends of wire to stab the wearer. Other than that the result is down to Penny’s skill and imagination.
For some pieces the wire is first woven to present a larger surface area to hold the stone firmly. This helps with flatter pieces where the resulting weave is used to cover the edge of the stone. The weave can be three, four, or more strands deep with the finer cross wires holding the stronger main wires in place.
Typically, Penny will end up with several ends of wire to be finished off in a neat but secure way. Some of ends are fashioned into a loop that will attach the piece to a chord to complete the necklace. Other strands are used to secure the wire wrapping so it does not come undone. Any remaining ends are either fashoned into part of the design or trimmed off with wire cutters.
For anyone wondering if they will end up with green marks from wearing copper jewellery all the wire is lacquered to prevent staining. Lacquers aren’t just clear – they can be coloured to give an antique look to the copper, or be of a different colour altogether. They can even be of a different metal – Penny works in silver wire as well as copper.
You can find Penny’s work at her website https://angelwerx.wordpress.com which also has details of how to purchase items, or how to contact her if you’d like to commission something special.