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The second part of my 4-strand braid wrap tutorial, this builds on my “Wrap with a 4-Strand Braid” tutorial, available here for only $1. You can also review the accompanying video tutorial on Youtube, linked within this download file.
NOTE: One or both of these resources is required to complete this advanced braid wrap.
With this technique you can create a beautifully wrapped flat stone, such as these sliced agate geodes.
More than 45 precisely explained steps and nearly 100 close-up, sharp photos will ensure you are never left confused.
I write tutorials that are clear, concise, accurate instructions with photos for every step - in fact I've had complaints there are TOO many photos (watch your ink!), but that's because I document each step thoroughly so that you don't miss a thing. I am an online course developer, so I know how to teach you, no matter how you learn best!
Jewellery Tutorials are a perfect fit for me, which means my tutorials are perfect for you. Here's why:
* I'm a self-taught wire artist, since 1998, so I know what it's like to struggle with a new technique or to work without special tools, and you'll find workarounds in my tutorials. You'll also find many of my techniques are different from the usual since nobody was teaching when I was learning and I had to invent something new every time I was solving a problem!
* My day job is to write course curriculum for online, adult learners, and I'm good at it. So you'll find my tutorials have clear, concise, accurate instructions with photos for every step - even partial steps. I know how to teach you no matter how you learn best! Plus, I make jewellery to sell - and I sell a lot of it - so many of my techniques are designed to efficiently put into production, leading to tutorial stages which you can easily follow.
* I am also a graphic designer, so you'll find a consistent, readable layout on every page, photos that draw your focus to the relevant step, and constant clues to keep your place - even if you forget to staple and the whole thing falls apart!
Look for a unique wire style, lots of color, asymmetry, irregular gemstones, inexpensive non-tarnish wire, some steampunk elements, and even some polymer clay.
You keep reading, and I'll keep looking for exciting new ways to help you make jewellery!
Gayle Bird Designs intellectual property and copyright notice: All Gayle Bird Designs tutorials (including all text, photos and designs) are copyright Gayle M Bird, and all rights are reserved, including but not limited to: • Gayle Bird Designs tutorials, designs, and derivatives thereof may not be taught, reproduced or distributed in part or in whole by electronic or mechanical means without express written permission of the copyright holder Gayle M Bird. However, you MAY: • Use these tutorials for personal education and enjoyment. • Personally make and even sell the jewelry from these tutorials, as long as you give credit to me as the designer when asked and whenever possible, such as when selling your jewelry online. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for exceptions and clarifications – I am, after all, a teacher and I want your learning experience to be enjoyable!
Chainnose pliers or Bent nose pliers
Roundnose pliers and/or bailmaking pliers
Flat or square-nosed pliers
Nylon, rubber, or leather mallet (optional)
A flat stone such as an agate slice or piece of stained glass