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In Victorian times, the millinery trade was in it's heyday - the chapeaus danced and bobbed through the streets in every crowd: from tiny saucers of satiny froth and lace, to bombastic frivolous ostrich feathers with huge bows and floppy brims, to prim equestrian top hats secured with austere organza, to simple straw bonnets tied with a beloved gingham or calico. A woman was considered undressed if her head was uncovered.

To my mind, a single bead is not fully adorned as a piece of jewelry until it is finished with it's own cap. These sweet little Periwinkle flowers do the trick! This lovely little pair of milk glass rondelles are graced by a pair of handcratfted bead caps, adding an air of quiet Victorian elegance, polish, and sophistication. Add them to any bead, however casual or refined, for a look that is sure to draw attention.

All together, there are almost 80 photos in this PDF format tutorial, with highly detailed instructions, design notes, and photographs to guide novice and intermediate wireworkers to a new level of mastery through the successful completion of the project.

BONUS: There are 2 mini tutorials included: How to Hand Wrap Wire Coils - with tips for building smooth, even wrapping skills AND Bead Caps that Stay Put - a solution for tilted bead caps that can be applied to ANY cap, whether commercial or handcrafted!

This design can be very easily modified for almost any bead type, and the variations are only limited by your imagination. It also happens to be the introduction step for making the larger wired beads that I make. :^)

List of Tools and Materials

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Flush Cutters
Nylon jawed pliers
Size 10 millinery needle (used as a fine mandrel and for widening small openings)***
Ruler with cm/mm measure
Fine point Sharpie marker

Seamless beads w/large holes
Dead Soft Sterling Silver (SS) round wire

The tutorial PDF (2.5MB)will be sent within 24 hours to the address listed in your paypal profile after receiving confirmation of your Paypal payment,so please be sure your profile is up to date. Further details can be found in my Etsy Profile.

Enjoy creating those little details that make all the difference!

Periwinkle Bead Cap Earrings - How to make Wire Jewelry Tutorial Instruction PDF ebook


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