I was really keen to try out Prima Bead's stainless steel findings. I had previously purchased jewelry grade stainless steel wire which is softer to work with than the kind you get in the hardware store. But I had not come across good enough stainless steel components....until now.
Why do I like stainless steel? There are several reasons :
- doesn't tarnish
- really strong and durable
- resistance to tool marks
- shiny metallic color
- not magnetic (you don't want it attach to other findings!)
I was really impressed with the quality of the stainless steel chain I used for this Reflections mirror bead wire wrapped pendant design. I managed to include 2 of the irregular cut light blue and grey beads I didn't use the last time in addition to other mirror beads I had on hand.
The mirror beads were neutral in color. So I did some very light funky wire wrapping with the sapphire blue coated copper wire to infuse the design with a little more color but still allowed the stainless steel wire to show through.
The welcome box also contained these Crystazzi bicones so I used the red ones for the next pendant design.
As for the earrings I made to test out the stainless steel, check the tutorial!
We haven't all posted yet but I would like to introduce my fellow Prima Blogging Team members now:
Cheryl Boglioli cherylswindow.com
Jennifer Priest hydrangeahippo.com
Kerrie Slade kerrieslade.blogspot.com
Krafty Max Originals kraftymax.blogspot.com
Kristi Taylor gotsparkles.wordpress.com
Lisa Fulmer lisalizalou.blogspot.com
Molly Alexander beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
Rachel Nielson www.adventuresofadiymom.com
Stefanie Girard recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com
Before You Go:
- Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorials Featuring Focal Beads
- Wire Wrapped Sunburst Pendant Tutorials
- How to Make Triangle or Triangular Jewelry Tutorials
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