Hello Beautiful Beaders!
This week is part two of our Coiling Gismo tutorial. We are going to learn how to create gorgeous coiled flower findings as well as coiled beads, for use in all of your beading projects.
So let’s get started.
Making A Coil Bead
You will need; Coiling Gismo tool; jewellery wire, wire cutter.
1. Using your Coiling Gismo ake a piece of coil 5 inches long (see last week’s blog for further details), using 0.4mm wire.
2. Take off the handle and pull the coil apart so it doubles in length.
3. Wrap the wire over the finger a couple of times, removing this from the finger and randomly wrapping around in different directions. A ball of wire will start forming.
4. Tuck the end of the wire in the ball, hooking over another piece of wire and pinching to secure. Then just roll between the hands to even out the shape.
By varying the size of the coils, you can make different size wire ball beads, e.g. the longer the coil, the bigger the bead will be.
Making a Coiled Flower
You will need: Single coil cut into five pieces each 1 ½ “ long, Matching colour thicker core wire & thin wire, Beads for centre
1. Taking your five single coils, thread these onto a core wire.
2. Take one coil and bend into a petal shape, twisting the core wire together at the bottom.
3. Move the next coil up to the first petal formed and repeat.
Do this with all remaining coils. Twist the wires slightly underneath to secure.
4. Next take a piece of thin wire and start adding the beads. You can either add a group of beads or just one large focal bead in the centre – twist at the back to secure. Et Voilà!
Depending on what you are doing with the flower, cut off the wire at the back or leave on to attach to a brooch pin or hair comb, or create a bail for a pendant.
We also stock an exclusive extra long handle, 5 mandrel gismo at Riverside Beads and along with wire in 40 colours and lots more. Have fun experimenting with your gismo – we know we have!
Due to the popularity of this product stocks are now super low but we’ve ordered lots more and if you want to pre-order and make sure you get yours, simply call 01778 344 550 and let us know. Alternatively click here to see what’s in stock.
Speaking of flowers, and therefore celebrations (tenuous segway I know!) it’s our 16th Birthday weekend coming up on the 5th and 6th of May, and we’re going to be having a great big Sweet Sixteen party to celebrate! You’re all invited and you simply must come because like any good party there’s going to be gifts, goody bags, sweets and treats!
On Saturday there will be free demos from the Crafters Companion gang and Stix 2 along with a guest appearance from Create and Craft TV’s very own Dean Wilson. As well as all that there will be lots of free make and takes and even a card making workshop with Maggie Moore.
If that wasn’t enough on Sunday we have a very special half day workshop with the beautiful Dawn Bibby, for only £25 (!?!), plus free demos and lots more make and takes.
As usual we will be supporting the fabulous Sue Ryder charity by dishing up some delicious coffee and cakes, which are of course free but donations are very, very welcome!
Not bad eh? Sweet Sixteen! Gosh I remember my sixteenth birthday, do you? I’ll try and dig out an old photo to wow you with my hilarious dress sense. In fact I’ll show you mine if you show me yours – email me your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re happy for us to share it on our Birthday and Facebook walls, or pop it in the comments box below this blog. Can’t wait to see the amazing hairstyles of birthdays past!
Happy beading, happy future birthdays!
To see Donna on Create and Craft TV go to Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 23 Sky 674