Like many craft bloggers, I also sell handmade creations on Etsy.com. I design and hand-craft sparkly Bridal Dress Belts/Sashes in my shop IsabellaRia14. Here I will share my technique for making a Sparkled Vine that entwines the waist of the dress. But if wire twisting is not your thing, you can also purchase this belt in my shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/85859759/jeweled-wedding-dress-sashbelt-sparkled . It has a matching hair comb too.
Skill: You just need an Imagination
Materials: 24 gauge wire, jewels and beads
Tools: scissors and needle-nose pliers
Start with a piece of wire about 10″ or so. I find this length allows me to make a cluster or two on the vine. If you cut a piece of wire too long it will keep tangling and getting in your way as you do your twisting. String a crystal onto it and bend the wire over. Then start twisting.
Continue to add jewels and twist to form clusters and branches. When it’s time to add another piece of wire simply twist it with the original wire. Then cut off the excess and flatten the stubs of wire.
As I work I use a grid to keep track of the size of my vine. It is just a piece of paper that I printed out from my computer. Using Microsoft Word I made a table with its Columns and Rows 1/2″ wide or high. Then I made the table cover the entire page so that I end up with a Grid with 1/2″ spaces.
Here are the finished pieces, a Bridal Dress Belt and Hair Comb:
The possibilities are endless for the beautiful accessories you can make using wire twisting. Please share photos of your creations. We’d love to see them!
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