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Simple Wire Key Tutorial (photos only) by magpie-poet Simple Wire Key Tutorial (photos only) by magpie-poet
Since I don't have much in the way of illustrative skill so can't contribute art ot the final projects, I'm giving key and tree pendant as incentives for :iconanimus-panthera: Losing Altitude Kickstarter www.kickstarter.com/projects/a…. It's already reached it's main goal, so the art books are a go-grab one and take a look at the stretch goals.

While I was making what felt like a zillion keys (only 6 really) I figured I might as well take pictures of the steps. So it's not quite a tutorial yet, the right words just aren't coming, but I haven't been able to expand my class enough to include it yet either.

Thought you guys might have fun with it as is. Play, modify, credit/link me if you use it and please let me know so I can link to your projects on here :)
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walkingpureheart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very fine work, keep at it. All steps put together like this is very helpful, but knowing wire info, gauge size and amount needed, would be a great help, yet not something one can't figure out. I have several sub-catagories- free tutorials, free turorials, etc- so I pin you under a few groups as I think the more you are seen by others who follow my pins the better-Keep at it!
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deridolls Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Beautifully captured, sweetie! Even I could follow the steps!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
:glomp: I know you keep claiming to the contrary, but I'm sure you'd be fine with wire, I just don't want to take you away from felt!
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deridolls Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013   Artisan Crafter
 :D I wish! I'm quite happy with now being able to make my dolls' glasses and earrings in the first 2 or 3 tries! It used to be 5 or 6! :victory:
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
:giggle: If it makes you feel better I'm still rubbish at making glasses for my dolls!
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Eveqi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Thank you for making this tutorial, it looks awesome and simple to understand :iconflowerthnxplz:
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Good, I'm always worried about if words make it more confusing or not, so did this for now :)
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Operia Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! :wave:
I'm here on behalf of :iconfriendly-features:

Your artwork has been featured in this week's Feature Journal

Have a nice day! :D
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good tutorial, so easy to follow!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Cool. My trial student's response to this and the rings was this is too much thinking, you do it for me and I'll tell my daughter I made it. *facepalm*
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god... -.-
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Yep.
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DragomirEmil Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
That is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing! What kind of pliers are you using in the first part,w here you make the different sized embellishments? Those look really useful!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I think they're called step pliers. I got them from rio grande. They make ones with one side concave and others with one side flat. I have the flat ones. The downside is it can leave flat marks on the wire, but the other seems like it might leave scratches if the wire's too thick. I love them though, and they're great for making earwires.
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DragomirEmil Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
They look fantastic! Thank you, I will keep an eye out for them!
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PanicPsycho Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
beauty
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
:)
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TheMystEra Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for that tutorial :)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Have fun, let me know if you try it :)
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Lory-Perianu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
How do you call that wire that you're working with? I really love your works!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
It's squared coated copper wire :)
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wooow! I'm always amazed how neat you make your wire jewelry! :heart: Beautiful!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
:giggle: Well I can't manage the stunning complexity I find by others on here so I'll at least try for neat endings. (My grandmother was always a stickler for finishing her stitches beautifully.)
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SpinnerOfYarns Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
A really good tutorial. Thanks.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Let me know if you try it and give me a link :)
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TinyPasserine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing tutorial and couldn't have come at a better time (friend requested a key for her bday present). I'll use this as inspiration (along with google image search/staring at what skeleton keys I have/ whatever I can dreg up from my own brain). Thank you so much!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Awesome. Show me when it's done and safe to show! I found kimberliekohler.com/985/wire-w... while looking for a project for a much younger crowd, might be worth a try for the holidays if she keeps on the keys thing.
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erene Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Great tutorial!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Thank you, I wish I could get my photos as clear as yours!
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erene Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
You are welcome :)
Your focus on the object is quite good.
Natural lighting is great as you get all the shadows.
Also if you have a small compact camera use the macro
settings for small objects, it does wonders.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013

:hug: I sit on the porch floor to get natural lighting as diffused as I can.

It's sadly not terribly compact, but I do so love the macro setting!

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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, this is really lovely. That's square wire, right? Thank you!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Yep :)
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cliselle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I love this! You're so skilled make it seem so easy. XD
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
It isn't too bad. The worst part is marking the needlenose pliers if you don't have those step ones. But if you think you'll be playing with wire awhile, you totally want to get a pair. I love mine and wish it hadn't taken me several years to discover they existed!
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cliselle Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, they seem incredibly useful!
Anyway, I can't wait to see more work from you! ^^
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