Hello Beautiful Beaders,
Do you all remember the movie Gremlins? The eighties classic with little creatures who came out to play at night time and caused mischief and madness? A bit like us Beaders right?
Well my boys have discovered that film and they can’t stop humming the tune that the good creature (Mogwai to be precise) sings. His name is Gismo and that song is driving me to distraction, especially as I’m re-launching my own Gismo this week, although it’s a slightly different beast.
This Wednesday on Create and Craft TV I’m going to be showing you my Coiling Gismo, a fantastic tool which creates unique and very clever jewellery making elements. As we haven’t had a tutorial on here for a while I thought it might be nice to give you the low down on how you too can create beautiful pieces of jewellery art using just simple wire and a Gismo tool. To get yours just click here.
Getting Started with your Coiling Gismo
You will need; Coiling Gismo tool; jewellery wire, wire cutter.
The gismo will work with any thickness wire but we use the 0.4 for a lot of the pieces shown in these instructions.
1. Using the wire straight from the reel, wind the wire around the bent end of the handle a couple of times to secure.
2. Insert the handle into the correct hole on the gizmo.
3. Hold the gizmo in your left hand with the wire sitting between your thumb and the side of the gizmo.
4. Turn the handle to start coiling the wire and keep going until you have the required length of coil. Snip the wire at both ends and slide off the handle.
Double Coiled Beads
1. Create a single coil, then using the same colour wire in the thicker wire thread through the centre of the coil.
2. Attach the core wire to the rod as before. Turn the rod a few times to attach the wire and start a single coil off. Push the single coil up towards the rod and use your thumbnail to hold in place. Slowly turn the rod until the coil attaches.
3. Turn the rod until the single coil has formed the double coil. Finish off with a few turns of the rod to make a single coil.
1. Thread the beads onto your 0.4 wire Attach to the rod as normal. Turn the rod to start a single coil. Take a few (about an inch) beads and push up with thumbnail towards the rod.
2. Slowly turn the rod and keep adding beads upward towards the rod. Once you have made a beaded coil around an inch long, finish off as per a double coil by turning the rod a few times.
3. Finish as normal.
So simple isn’t it? If you’d like to see me demonstrate it live on TV be sure to tune in to Create and Craft TV on Wednesday the 28th at 9am. If you miss me you can always catch up by clicking here.
Its set to be a great show as I’m also offering a limited amount of Lucite angels with 20% off, plus showing you some amazing macrame ideas.
I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with more Coiling Gismo hints and tips, including showing you how to create a lovely flower 🌺. Until then why not get your Riverside Beads and Crafts fix by checking out the tour of our store? You can see us in full Technicolor live action. Just click here to take a look.
Until next time, Happy Beading and remember….whatever you do with your Coiling Gismo….don’t feed it after midnight!!! 😆😱🤣
To see Donna on Create and Craft TV go to Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 23 Sky 674