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Here im sharing my new adventure with craft wire.  From making my first items last summer(at the bottom of the post), at the moment ive mostly mixed it with beads to make suncatchers, like all new techniques and hobbies im learning each time what to improve on for next time and how the wire acts and reacts.
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 I made this dragonfly suncatcher for mums birthday.  I first painted the chipboard dragonfly with imaginations craft starlight paints in red, orange & gold, it shimmers beautifully in the light.  In a job lot of beads i bought on ebay to build up my collection there were 3 memory wire circles for necklaces, but ive used it as the base of my suncatcher.  I first attached the dragonfly to the frame with wire and then got wrapping with red and gold wire and various beads in reds, oranges and golds.  Its approx 5" in size. 



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Little Kitty Cat using gold and red wire, a large crystal prizm in the centre of the body.

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 A different version Kitty Cat, this one is orange and chocolate wire


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This Cockerel i made for my brother, i added various beads on the ends of the tail and one large crystal prism in the middle.  I used a large black bead for his eye. This one really was a labour of love!


close up on the tail and  the beads


and his head


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The photo doesn't do this justice, photos taken way back in the dark of winter.  Its blue and green dragonfly.  In the end i changed the large crystal prism on the end for smaller dainty ones but of course forgot to take another photo before sending him to his new home.



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Guardian Angel in copper, bronze and gold tones.  Rather large at approx 7" in length



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Silver and white guardian angel.


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Rustic heart, red and gold version. Approx 4", ideal to hang in the window and catch the light

Red heart version

Silver and white heart.  I got these amazing pearl beads which are mostly white but have a splash of colour, so you get this colourful effect using them.


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Now this was for one of my nieces, Lizzy (5)  wanted a rainbow and unicorn.  Easier said than made.  I needed to make sure all beads and wire were tied up tight and safe as its for a child.  So i decided to do the rainbow colours in a swirl and the unicorn on the end.  She is very good and since its been hung in the window not 'played' with it.  Sadly another one i couldn't get a decent photo of in the winter.


Showing the unicorn.  I found some cheap tacky plastic unicorns in a shop and painted them with my Imaginations crafts starlight paints, which really shimmer in the light. 


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This is how the unicorns started out


I painted them all first with black gesso and then a mix of imaginations crafts starlight paints.  After using the one for Lizzy i added twine to the rest and gave them for my other niece Alice for her Christmas tree.



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Now this was for another niece who wanted a rainbow.  Sophie 7 is the oldest one.  She loves her beads and glitter so i wanted to make it bigger enough for her to really enjoy the light on it.  This niece is the one that first asked me to make her one after seeing the dragonfly i gave to my mum.   I first made a large rustic heart with silver garden wire so it was quite sturdy, i then got wrapping with the rainbow colours of wire and beads.  I used a good mix of different beads for her. 

As you can see i wrapped each bead so that they are very well attached , since the photo i did sort out the loose ends too😀

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Now the youngest (well apart from baby) niece Alice is Unicorn mad just had to ask for a unicorn didn't she - this really gave me brain ache.  Again i wanted to make sure all beads were tightly on so as not to come off and no lose wire ends.  Very much trail and error as i was going along.

Hopefully you can see that it is a unicorn head! haha  If it was for an adult i could have done a flowing mane like i did on the cockerels tail, but in this case i did it in loops so that no loose ends. 

This one shows the colour a bit better.  I used silver, lilac & purple wires.


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Robin red breast. The wing is stood out proud and can be tweaked



This shows the colour a bit better. 


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Peacock feather.  Green, blue & gold wires and beads. 


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Green, blue & gold flower


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A more dainty flower, in copper and gold tones.



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 This purple & silver dragonfly with purple, pink & blue beads was my 3rd attempt, i was very happy with it.  About 6" in length. 



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This red and gold dragonfly was my second attempt, i was very happy with the barley twist tail, again i learnt how the wire reacted. 




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This blue rose was my first ever attempt with craft wire, so learnt alot from it but for a first time i was pretty pleased with it. There is a large blue bead at the roses centre.


Thank you for all stopping by. Emma

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