Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. First, I began playing around with a cotter pin shape; I looked at it and decided I could add a
Swinging Stirrups
by Mary Bailey
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
First, I began playing around with a cotter pin shape; I looked at it and decided I could add a "hanger," so I made and attached a "horseshoe link" and came up with what I call a "stirrup." You can really get creative with this design. Use as few or as may headpin charms as you like, use your favorite bead combinations, make the links longer or shorter, add chain, whatever!

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.71
  • Gold Club Price: $0.53
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Headpins copper, 2 inch 20- or 21-gauge
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Red Creek Jasper 6mm Cube Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-393
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.96
  • Gold Club Price: $4.47
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Copper Bali beads assortment
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Carnelian 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-751
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.07
  • Gold Club Price: $4.55
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Sterling Silver Bead Fancy Corrugated 4mm - Pack of 2
K9-122
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.00
  • Gold Club Price: $2.25
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Sterling Silver Rondelle Corrugated 3mm - Pack of 5
K9-185
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.54
  • Gold Club Price: $2.66
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Sterling Silver Twisted Bead 5mm - Pack of 5
K9-230
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.07
  • Gold Club Price: $3.80
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Silver Filled Earwire w/ Coil 16mm - Pack of 10
S19-24
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.76
  • Gold Club Price: $2.07
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer with Wood Handle - Economy
G3-14
  • G3-14
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.57
  • Gold Club Price: $8.68
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
G7-30
  • G7-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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Instructions
Step 1
Using 18-gauge round dead soft wire, straighten, measure and cut two 3" and two 2" pieces. Working with both 3" wires as though they were one (or, individually) bend a matching U shape into their centers.
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Step 2
Mark each of the 2" wires at their center and use round nose pliers (about 3/16" diameter) to make a U in each center. Continue using round nose pliers to make a keyhole or cotter pin shape. Trim all legs so they are the same length.
Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 3
At the end of each cotter pin leg, use round nose pliers to make a loop, heading away from the center. Use a chasing hammer on a bench block to flatten and harden both entire cotter pin shapes, on both sides.
Note: As you hammer/flatten the wire, the cotter pin shape will spread. Use round nose pliers to reclose the loops.
Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 4
Working next with the 3" U shapes, use the chasing hammer and bench block to harden/flatten just the center of each U. Use the headpins and your chosen bead selection to create 2, 4, 6 (or more!) headpin charms with fully wrapped loops.
Step 5
Laying the U below the cotter pin, make any necessary adjustments to the width of the U. Thread on the headpin charms. If the U is too long for your wishes, trim each leg 1/4" to 3/8".
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Step 6
Make a loop at end of each leg, up and away from the U. Open each loop like a jump ring. Insert each through a loop of the cotter pin and close firmly. Add your favorite ear wires.
Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Mary Bailey's Swinging Stirrups - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,