Rhonda Chase's Faeries Frost, Classic Wire Jewelry. Cutting, Cutting Tool, Cutters, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. Rhonda attended our first workshop retreat in Buffalo, NY in 2009, so it was fun to see her enter this wonderful snowflake project.
Faeries Frost
by Rhonda Chase
  • Category: Classic
  • Technique(s): Cutting, Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Advanced
Rhonda attended our first workshop retreat in Buffalo, NY in 2009, so it was fun to see her enter this wonderful snowflake project. I love the way she included a couple of crystal drops, adding motion to the pendant, like it was snowing behind the featured snowflake! (This pattern is another of my personal favorites - Dale "Cougar" Armstrong).

Materials

24 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-24D
  • Lesson Quantity: 72.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $6.62
  • Gold Club Price: $4.96
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22 Gauge Square Dead Soft 1/10 Sterling Silver Filled Wire
H10-22SQD
  • Lesson Quantity: 81.50 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $7.82
  • Gold Club Price: $5.86
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22 Gauge Half Round Dead Soft 1/10 Sterling Silver Filled Wire
H10-22HRD
  • Lesson Quantity: 17.50 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.38
  • Gold Club Price: $0.29
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.14
  • Gold Club Price: $1.61
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4mm Crystal Aurore Boreale 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-94A
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.57
  • Gold Club Price: $1.18
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4mm Aquamarine 5301 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-56A
  • Lesson Quantity: 9.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.97
  • Gold Club Price: $1.48
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5mm Round Blue Topaz CZ - Pack of 5
E5-15Q
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.97
  • Gold Club Price: $5.98
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5mm Round Sterling Silver Snapset Pendant for Faceted Gemstones - Pack of 2
K2-125
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.57
  • Gold Club Price: $2.68
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6mm Crystal Aurore Boreale 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-94B
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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4mm Crystal 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-53A
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $1.57
  • Gold Club Price: $1.18
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6mm Aquamarine 5301 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-56B
  • Lesson Quantity: 9.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.77
  • Gold Club Price: $2.08
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Tools

4.5 Inch Round Nose Pliers
G2-12
  • G2-12
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.98
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6.5 Inch Long Flat Nose Pliers - Pack of 1
G2-74
  • G2-74
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.87
  • Gold Club Price: $7.40
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6-1/2 Inch Chain Nose Pliers
G2-70
  • G2-70
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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Instructions
Step 1
Make a bundle of wires with two 3" pieces, one 2" piece in the center and 2 more 3" pieces. Tape if you want and make two more of the same. Mark bundles ¾" from the top.
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Step 2
Wrap at the marks with 1½" half round wires. Measure halfway down each pair of outer wires and curve each pair away from the center, forming a wide U shape.
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Step 3
Continue to make and wrap bundles in this pattern by bending up the 2 outside wires from each finished bundle and sliding a 2" wire between them.
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Step 4
When all the bundles are joined, gently pull the (point) center pieces out about ½" and shape the star frame.
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Step 5
Snap the blue topaz into the snapset and set aside. The star is very delicate at this stage, so handle gently. On every other (3) branches bend the 2 outer wires wide enough to drop a 4mm clear AB crystal on each one. Make the smallest possible loop at the top of each wire and roll away from the center.
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Step 6
Twist the next set of outer wires on these branches. Make a large loop (¼") and wind the wire away from the center.
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Step 7
On the center wire of these 3 branches, put a 4mm aqua crystal and a large hole pearl on top. Twist and wind the extra wire. On the bottom of this wire put one 4mm clear crystal and loop the wire
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Step 8
Secure sections of snowflake with tape as necessary.
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Step 9
For the remaining 3 branches, twist the outer wires and drop a 6mm aqua crystal on each. Roll towards center and bend at a 45° angle.
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Step 10
Twist the next set of outer wires and drop 2 clear 4mm crystals on each wire. Roll outward.
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Step 11
On each remaining center wire place three 4mm aqua crystals and one clear AB 6mm crystal on the top. Twist the extra wire and roll in the opposite direction of the wire on top of the pearls.
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Step 12
Bend all the large loops (under the pearls) in slightly towards the center.
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Step 13
Use about 6"of the 24-gauge round sterling wire to secure the snapset in the middle of the branches. Wind and loop the wire until the snowflake is secure and you like the shape.
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Step 14
With more round wire add crystals and wire filigree around the topaz until you are happy with the result.
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Step 15
Using the 20-gauge round wire, make about a 5mm loop, but don't close all the way. Attach it to on of the large loops on the branches and close. Loop the top of the wire in the opposite direction and attach the silver chain in its center before closing the loop all the way. Count links to make sure you have the exact center.
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Step 16
Set this part aside
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Step 17
Bundle two 3" pieces and three 2" pieces of wire alternating long and short pieces. Center everything and wrap with ½" pieces of half-round wire ½" from each edge.

Bend wrapped wires into an arch. Fan out wire ends.
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Step 18
Twist and rosette short ends in an asymmetrical pattern.
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Step 19
Bend the bottom wires inward in a curve. Bend the top wires into large loops over a mandrel and finish the ends with small loops. These large loops become the bale.
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Step 20
Hook about 1" of the pendant chain over each bottom loop, leaving the rest of the chain dangling. Count links to make sure the two sides are even. Complete loops with pliers. Trim the chain as desired.
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Step 21
Wrap a tiny loop one end of a ½" piece of 22-gauge round wire and make a spiral. Add a 4mm AB clear crystal and make a half loop on the other end. Repeat so you have two crystal drops.
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Step 22
Finished!
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