Brad's Bent & Twisted Wire Jewelry
A Bit About Wire Wrapping
Wire wrapping has been around for several thousand years. Two thousand years ago the technology did not exist to solder or weld jewelry. Wire was made from gold or silver being carefully hammered into very thin sheets and then cut into strips . The edges were then filed smooth, and presto, wire.
Wire now comes in many shapes and sizes ready to be used to make pendants, earrings, bracelets, or other items. The technique remains the same. No solder, glue, or adhesive of any kind is used. Each piece must must be designed in a way so only the wire itself will hold the stone in place, as well as binding and securing all wires so it has no points or rough edges.
The reason wire wrapped jewelry is seen less often is simple. Each piece must be made by hand. It can not be cast in quantity or stamped out on an assembly line. Every piece is made by hand one at a time, and is one of a kind. Wire wrapped jewelry will last a lifetime.
Only 14 kt gold filled and sterling silver wire is used in the jewelery that I make.
It is important to know that gold filled is not gold plated. The process of making gold filled wire involves rolling a layer of gold on the wire at a high heat and pressure. The layer of gold will not crack, chip, or peal with use, or over time. Gold filled has all the beauty and durability of solid 14kt gold at a fraction of the cost, and will last a lifetime.