Monday, December 31, 2012

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage Tutorial part 1

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage Tutorial

So, I was doodling and came up with a pretty wire design for a cuff bracelet using round wire. As I began to form the frame using dead soft 14 gauge round copper wire, my daughter, Sarah, says, “Hey, that looks like Cinderella’s carriage as it turns from a pumpkin to the carriage!” Thus the name of my piece was born, but in the end it also caused a quandary.
First –a rough draft—it came about because I wanted a very fluid piece.   I made the small components first, and taped the longer wire together to allow me to bend them at the same time. I used a mandrel for the beginning curve. Then used a larger mandrel for the big curve. Then back to the smaller curve. 

While the wires are still taped together, I turned the little loop with round nose pliers. 
So far this is what it looks like. 
So using my pattern, I checked the curves—uh oh—a problem. 
My little loop doesn’t line up.
I readjusted the curves and continued following the pattern. 
Continuing the pattern. 
Little more to go. 
a bit more at the end. 
 I had to cut the extra wire length. (on my notes I subtracted the extra I cut off to update my measurements in my notebook.
sorry for the blurriness. I forgot to file the cut ends to smooth them until now. 
My next one I make will be filed before I begin bending it. 
I had to use my palm to bend the last part of the pattern—a small loop.
then pressed the last way with my index finger.
 Now all the components are made. I lined them up. Looking good! 

I used a fisherman’s fly vice to hold my frame. Thanks Dad for the suggestion to use it. 
closer view—time to wire-wrap the connectors. 
  I used ½  round 21    
gauge copper.       
Now the other side.  
Now it’s all together.
…What to do now? See part 2.