Monday, February 16, 2009

Working with Steel Wire

I've wanted to weave with wire for a long time. I finally found some black annealed steel in several gauges. Here is my first creation with the steel wire:

I made it my size. My hand doesn't fold at all so I can almost never find a bangle big enough for my hand.

The steel is surprisingly forgiving. I made some mistakes, took them out, and redid portions all without breaking the wire. Sterling would have broken. All in all I'm pleased with it.

I haven't sealed the wire with anything to protect the finish from rust. Since I'm keeping this one I probably won't seal it. The ones I make to sell will be sealed. Right now I'm leaning toward a matte finish spray sealer. I'm going to do some tests.

I'm having surgery this morning on my right wrist for carpal tunnel. If something doesn't delay the surgery it will be finished by the time this posts. Hopefully all will go well, and I'll make a swift recovery and be back to making jewelry soon.


Mei (WireBlissMei) said...

Nice work Leslie. I have just recently took out my black annealed steel wire to play. Yours don't look that black. Wonder if they are the same type?

Liv'nGood Jewelry said...

Gorgeous work.

You might try Renaissance Wax for your sealant. A lot of cold connection artists use it on steel and copper pieces. It started as a rust retardant for tools and sorta got taken over.

Kokopelli said...

Very nice work! And good luck with the surgery and recovery!

Leslie Todd said...

Kokopelli: thanks! and as for the wrist so far I'm feeling fine, but then the anesthesia hasn't worn off yet.

Liv'nGood jewelry: thanks, I had forgotten about renaissance wax. I'll give it a try.

Mei: thanks, I used the steel wool on the bangle to shine it up. The heavy 14 gauge wire may not be the same wire, it wasn't as black and had no markings beyond price.

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Betty BeadBug said...

I love the wire you used...I will have to remember to look for it! Hope your surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery!

Leslie Todd said...

Thanks, Betty. You can get it at hardware stores.