Winter is the perfect season to hone your skills! Nothing improves your wire work technique than plenty of practice and perhaps some awesome tutorials to guide you.  Shown here are Abby Hook's wire work tutorials.  Her shop is called Abbyjewellery.

This British designer creates many wire pieces. She is also an instructor as you can see from her large wire tutorial section, all of which are cold connecion - no soldering is involved. She also has discount tutorial bundles for great savings.

Abby says she comes from a long line of accomplished artists including her great, greatgrandfather Frank Paton who was renowned for his Victorian/Edwardian era paintings of animals and rural landscapes.

She added, "Although I enjoyed drawing, I wasn’t particularly good. Imagine my delight when I discovered the possibility of bringing things to life with wire!" And we are lucky she did!

I really like Abby's  unusual wire wrapped pyramid pendant pictured (shown above)because of its architectural style.

This 3D lotus flower pendant tutorial is also unique.

Another wonderful design is her woven wire pennanular or Celtic brooch tutorial.  Abby was inspired by Celtic and Viking pieces.

The pennanular brooch is easily identified by its incomplete circle (a circle brooch is called an annular brooch).  This type of fastening dates back thousands of years. Both men and women wore them - the men used them on the shoulder and the women on the chest - presumably to pin outer garments together.

If you look carefully at this design as well as her simpler copper spiral pennanular brooch design (not a tutorial) below, you will notice a distinctive feature of pennanular brooches - the head of the pin is attached to the part circle such that it is hinged relative to the frame. So the pin moves to help the fastening action.

The designer has a number of lovely  ring tutorials too.  This one called the Kiss Kross ring is one of the easier ones :

I like this coiled wire and spiral one which can be adapted to fit any faceted gemstone. Abby said oval, marquise or round ones work best though.

You can guess why Abby calls this design below the Oyster Cup Pendant tutorial.What an uncommon bezel technique!

Her monolith pendant tutorial reminds one of places like Stone Henge in Abby's native land :

The vase design tutorial below is reminiscent of Grecian urns. Abby has a more than passing interest in history!  She works on her jewelry business full time, mostly online.  But she said, "In 2012, I started doing live demonstrations at Tutbury castle and other historical events of Viking knit chain making, also known as trichinopoly."  Trichinopoly is the other name for Viking knit.

Abby also has some animal designs.  Take a look at her gemstone filled turtle design . It can be worn as a pendant or a brooch.

She really nailed the dragonfly wings for this tutorial :

Do check out her store for more!

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