Picture of Wirework Key

When you're feeling down, make a key.

Said no one ever.

Except for me!

When I'm sad, I have a compulsive urge to create something. This key is one of such projects, and I actually took step-by-step pictures this time.

I got a bag of beads from a jewelry workshop that I went to at a public library, and in that bag were some turquoise beads, one of which I wrapped for the key. There was little preliminary considerations and planning for this; the head of the key was mostly free-handed. The bottom part was somewhat inspired by some online searches for a spark to set off my creative juices.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I liked making this!

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

  • thick and thin wire (I used 20 and 26 gauge black-colored copper wire.)
  • teardrop bead (or at least a bead that has a hole right through the middle)
  • size 6 seed bead
  • pliers
  • paper and pencil for sketching

cnnckr1 year ago

Is there a "special" name for this type of wire and where could someone find it? Awesome looking.

watchmeflyy (author)  cnnckr1 year ago

It's just regular craft wire (coated copper wire) that you can find in most craft stores like Joann or Michaels or Beverlys. Online stores sell it too (like here: http://www.amazon.com/Artistic-20-GaugeTarnish-Resistant-Silver-6-Yard/dp/B000SOVVHO). The type of wire doesn't really matter as long as you have long pieces (not paper clips) so you can even use wire found in hardware stores. Good luck!

Thanks for the info.

watchmeflyy (author)  cnnckr1 year ago

No problem. :)

Love the color contrast between the wire and the stone. Very nice!

watchmeflyy (author)  craftclarity1 year ago

Thank you! That's precisely the reason why I chose that bead. ^^

shazni1 year ago

Quite intricate :-)

watchmeflyy (author)  shazni1 year ago

Thank you! ^^

Wow... very neat work :). Loved it.

watchmeflyy (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

Thank you, Tarun!

Wow, it's beautiful! And, a lot smaller than I expected it to be after seeing the main image!!