Graph Paper Patterns for Jewelry
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
I have difficulty drawing straight line patterns for metal and/or enamel work. I've learned that I do best if I use graph paper, available free for download at several online sites, for drawing and cutting my patterns. I bought the graph paper cards shown below at an education supply store years ago and like it's heavy quality. I can use the patterns more than once.
Instructions
When I want to make my own custom shapes for enameling or metal work, I use these graph paper cards, very heavy stock. I use a straight edge to draw the pattern on the graph paper, cut it out and then adhere it to the metal for cutting. I can reuse the patterns a number of times because of the weight of the stock.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Graph Paper Patterns for Jewelry - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, graph paper
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Graph Paper Patterns for Jewelry - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, straight edge
I also use the corners of a circle template to round off the corners of my patterns so they aren't so sharp.

Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Graph Paper Patterns for Jewelry - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, rounded corners
As you see, the graph paper is also helpful for drawing triangles. Give it a try!
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Graph Paper Patterns for Jewelry - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, triangle pattern

Materials

22 Gauge Dead Soft Sterling Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H8-22SM6
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22 Gauge 0.025 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x12 Inch
MET-705.22M
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Tools

Blazer Big Shot Torch
TRCH-8000
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Soldering Tripod
SOL-730.00
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design