Intro: SEAGLASS SEAHORSE
How to make a wire wrapped seaglass seahorse? We will show you! The final size of ours is about three inches tall and an inch and a half wide. You can make larger ones or smaller ones. This size is nice for a necklace. Materials needed: 20 Gauge wire for the main body. You want strength and flexibility. 26 gauge to wrap around the main body and to thread all the body pieces together. Two pieces of sea glass. We chose brown this time around, but any color you have will be perfect. Make sure the sides aren't too sharp. Throw them back in the ocean/lake if they are! So, one for the body and one for the tail fin. Then you will need an assortment of other beads you have. We chose turquoise and pearl white glass beads, clear crystal glass gem and a metal bead for the eye. Also, we added the ring for the necklace where its "ear" would be. Lets start, shall we?
Step 1: Materials Needed
This is what we used. You can use different colored wire, beads and glass. Use what you have. We have about 8 beads the size of a small altoids mint used for the the nose and neck area. Then smaller than that we have ten beads for the "mane" and the top part of the tail. Finally we have teeny tiny ones used on the top of the head and the bottom of the tail. One metal bead for the eye. The 20 gauge wire is about 12 inches long. You will cut it if its too long. About 4 feet of the 26 gauge.
Step 2: Wire Wrapping
This is the part that is the least creative. Kinda fun and sometimes really boring. Take the 36" or so length of smaller wire and start at the bottom of the 10" piece and start going around and around. Then after a while you should have something that looks like this. Make sure to leave about 2 inches without any wrapping.
Step 3: Shaping
We just took a piece of paper and drew a seahorse on it and shaped the wire to fit the image. You can easily print off an image off the internet. Look for one that you can color, like for kids.
Step 4: Adding the Beads
We started with the "nose" alternating the turquoise and pearl colored glass beads. Secure it leaving some extra and clip that off later. We are only wrapping around the body frame. Not trying to force it between the wrapped frame.
Step 5: Placing in the Glass
Don't fret its easy-peasy. Just have to hold it in the right place. That, and don't drop it. We will show you.
Step 6: The Tail Fin
You can choose the placement anywhere along the back. We chose near the "shoulder".
Step 7: Final Beading and Finish Work
Here we are adding the "tail" beads and any other places we think need a bead or two.