Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to Make Triangle or Triangular Jewelry Tutorials

I've been on a long quest looking for wire work mandrels which usually involves hunting through the house (see links below).  But the triangle shape had always eluded me until I remembered a certain kind of chocolate.


Yes, this is a doubly pleasurable project because you can certainly justify eating the chocolate for a truly noble cause - making jewelry!  Well, at least that's what I tell myself!

Toblerone chocolate comes in 2 triangular box sizes so it's up to you which size you prefer. The smaller one which I used will be fine as large earrings. It's probably better if you left the chocolate inside as the box will be a firmer mandrel. But I will never know for sure because the chocolate was already gone by the time I got to using the box! This is a chocoholic household!

Be sure to "crease" the 20G wire firmly around the edges to get crisp corners.  If you don't like the slightly bowed sides like I had, straighten the wire beforehand using nylon jawed pliers.


To make a wrapped loop bail at the top, first use your chain nose pliers to bend one of the wire ends.


Wrap the other end around the upright stem and trim the wire.

Complete the wrapped loop for the bail but leave the wire end uncut.

 I like to hold the loop using my nylon jawed pliers while wrapping it as it reduces tool marks.


 Grab the tip and start scrolling the wire end.


Switch to the nylon jawed pliers to complete the scrolling as this again cuts down tool marks. Tuck down the scrolled element in front of the wrapped loop/bail.


Hammering the wire flat is optional. But you should work harden the pendant form with nylon hammers to maintain the shape.


Once you get the basic shape, you can embellish the triangles in any way you like.  Here, I just wired in groups of beads using 28G wire. This is a great project to use up leftover beads!



What if you don't like either size of Toblerone chocolate boxes?  Then perhaps you should consider buying this inexpensive multi-sized and multi-shaped plastic mandrels set as I recently did. The kit includes triangle, oval, round and square tools. Each has a removable handle.


The stepped sizing means that any wrapped shape can be easily removed. You can make some pretty small triangular wire shapes as you can see from the picture below with a quarter.


On a diet or tight budget?  You can remove all chocolate temptation or the need to buy more tools by simply using the measuring the wire approach shown in Mod Mim's paper bead pyramid earrings tutorial.  It is her take on an expensive Anthropologie design.  You should also take a look at her blog header image - really clever!


If you're not a wire worker, then use those extra long bugle beads or long metal cylinders!  Check out Sophie Okulick's DIY geometric necklace tutorial.


All my project pictures were taken on my Modahaus photo setups.

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12 comments :

Cate said...

Just the thing to inspire me, Pearl! Thanks! I've been creating Health and Wellness instead of jewelry since the first of the year. (cooking, exercise routine, new eating habits.) Need some new projects and voila! Here comes your blog....

sis5of11 said...

What a great idea! My DD always has some Toblerone around. Now I have an additional reason to 'borrow' it!

Ruth Jensen said...

Hahaha - "hunting through the house" is my modus operandi, too! Also the roadside, hiking path, hardware store, etc. This is a fun tutorial, especially because it opens the creative door to future designs!

Pearl Blay said...

Not just fun, but yummy too! You know those Toblerone boxes just don't last and you'll be FORCED to buy another! LOL!

Yes, this is just a basic tutorial - having triangular mandrels do add more possibilities to our design canons!

Desperate Houselife said...

Awesome idea!! Now I can make triangle jewelry and feed my chocolate addiction! Makes me wonder what other objects can be used for wire shaping...

:)

Angie

Pearl Blay said...

Quite a lot - you'll be surprised what you can find in the house. Do check the links at the end of the post too!

Crocheterie said...

What a great idea! And what a great excuse to buy some Toblerone and eat it :) Thank you for sharing!

Michelle L. said...

I second all the previous comments! So funny and smart - I am off to Toblerone Depot - they have those, right? If not, they should.

BetteJo said...

Oh my goodness I am absolutely positive the dark chocolate Toblerone would make something enormously attractive! You should try it!

Regina Partain said...

I am sure the contents of the Toblerone box would be gone before I made the triangles, so hopefully, it will hold up well. Thanks for the Tutorial Pearl. I love your blog and all of your tutorials. Can;t wait to get to my email each day to see what new 'delicious' item you have for us.
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Pearl Blay said...

Glad you like them! I enjoy coming up with them too! We might as well enjoy the chocolate, eh?

Almost Precious said...

Wonderful post and now I definitely have a reason to purchase my next Toblerone bar. Yum ! :)

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