Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage TutorialSo, 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
Now the other side.
Now it’s all together.
…What to do now? See part 2.