Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Silver wire necklace

So, I got the idea for crocheting with wire from a crochet magazine. The pattern called for 28 gauge copper-coated wire. I found that and also bought 32 gauge. 28 was really hard to crochet with so I switched to 32 and spared my hands from arthritis for another month or two.

Using a 6 or a 6.5 hook (I don't remember), I just began to chain like you would with yarn. The initial slip knot/knot was definitely the most difficult. When I managed to make it tight, the wire snapped, so I left the end looser than I would ever leave a yarn end.

I did a few chains with no beads. Then on the last two chains I added clear glass beads with silver lined holes. I added a bead, pushed it down to the chain and chained one. Voila.

Last but not least, I attached the toggles. This sucks, basically. With a bead around all the loose ends, I found it easier to tie them together and slip them through the toggle hole. But it sucked, I struggled and I'm back to yarn until I get the energy to go back to finicky wire.


Blogger Laurie said...

I would love a bracelet in the same pattern as your necklace-are your crafts for sale?

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you're so amazing!

12:20 PM  
Blogger nicole. said...

Thank you for your compliments. Alas, I am not productive enough to even consider selling anything. I just do these things for friends, family and, occasionally, myself.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS: I considered leaving that post up there ^^ anonymous and then continuing to haunt your blog with random, creepy comments. But then my conscience got to me. So... uh... that was me!

--R :c)

6:23 PM  
Blogger nicole. said...

Don't worry Ranonymous, your secret is safe with me!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Mikol said...

For a first attempt this is really good. I started to crochet with wire last August and have now completed a few projects with it. Check them out on my blog http://crystalwebs.blogspot.com

It is really different to crocheting with wool and I sometimes find it difficult to make the transition between the two. (I only started to crochet so that I could crochet with wire).

10:32 AM  

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