Just a little show and tell of copper wire flowers today.
Using the same technique from the four leaf clover pendant/clasp, I tried making wire flowers for my jewelry with 5 petals.
I used different types of pliers, different size wire and different techniques to make the petal shapes and flower centers.
Here are some of my results.
These first two flowers use the exact technique from the 4 leaf clover charm, but instead of finishing the stem wire into a bail, I have turned it into a spiral to make the center of the flower.
The other difference in making these wire flowers is the tool. To make the right angle bends, I used Nylon Jaw Pliers.
Nylon jaw pliers are useful to straighten wire. You can hold one end in your chain nose pliers or a vise and then pull the wire through the nylon jaw pliers to remove bends or curves.
I also find them useful to hold a wire project without leaving marks on the wire. The jaws are not typically precise enough to do any wire bending. However, they worked perfectly for these flowers.
Using nylon jaw pliers, the result is a flower that is about 1.25 inches. This is perfect as a connector or focal on a necklace or bracelet. This flower is more delicate, made from 20g wire. The other flower is 16g wire.
I used some specialty pliers to round the ends of the petals. (Yes, another type of pliers!)
This pendant is a free form flower - meaning I did not use the bending technique from the 4 leaf clover tutorial.
It uses 14g wire and the petals were shaped using my large 3 step pliers and chain nose pliers. The results are more ecletic.
I attached an 10 mm white freshwater pearl to the center using 22 g wire.
I think this flower would make a great focal pendant or decorative clasp on a necklace. The petals were hammered with the rounded end of the chasing hammer - so they have more of a dimpled pattern.
My daughter thinks this flower is way too big for a bracelet clasp, but I can totally picture a statement bracelet with 8-10 strands of beads and/or pearls with this clasp at the top. What do you think?
Here's the whole happy little group of flowers - including a different style 4-leaf clover. I'm still working out the kinks on that design.