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Xmas 2009 White and Redxmas 2009  ornament with thread for hangingxmas 2009 ornament in organza gift bag So, about halfway through, I ran out of the copper wire I was using. I could have gotten more, but I had a spool in the same gauge of magnet wire, which also happened to be reddish. Reddish, festive and xmas-y, although it wouldn't go very well with the green and purple I was using before, so I changed the base cord colour to white. I was going to use some pink too, but forgot as I got into the flow of construction. The final knot including the hanging thread is in the picture to the left, and to the right is the knot in it's gift packaging (little organza bags from eBay).
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Xmas 2009 Green and Purplegreen octagonal flower knot with glass bead and coiled copper wire accentspurple octagonal flower knot with glass bead and coiled copper wire accents As usual around the winter festive season I start thinking of stars and snowflakes. I had an 8 pointed star/flower in mind that I had prototyped last year, but as I developed the idea (add more bling/zing), it had less of a star aspect to it. I still think it's quite ornamental though, and simple enough to put into production considering a late-ish start (teacher gifts for 3 kids including a whole host of extracurricular activities, even missing some that finish in early-mid December still leaves 12-14 teachers/coaches).
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When Wire Almost Behaves Like Fibresquare flower knot with beads So, I had this scrap of wire in my wire working box (cutters, pliers, cup burs, etc) and it was... 20cm long or so. What had I originally cut it for? What had I cut it off of? Dunno, but is it long enough to do anything with? Often when I've got some cord scrap in my hands they will do what they so frequently do: flower knots, button knots, double connection, double coin, etc. So, this little bit of wire, could I tie a flower knot in it with some beads? How would it look with such a small gauge of wire?

As a general rule, to a certain extent to duplicate the fibre knots I tie, I try to tie wire knots in higher gauges. Almost cord sized wire (I've got some wire that is close to 3mm in diameter. Expensive though and I'm expecting it to be brutally difficult to work. Someday...) is kind of self-explanatory. Smaller gauges though (I think it's 24ga)... let's see!

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Tomorrow is Lunar New Years' Eve, so I thought I would bump up my usual Sunday link dump to Saturday on the off chance it helps anyone get out to an event on time...

Things to see and do
At the Glendale Main Library in Glendale Arizona
http://www.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/2009/01/22/20090122...

A restatement of the Warren Public Library Lunar New Year festivities in New Jersey on February 7, 2009
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20090120/GETPUBLISHED/901200324/-...

Pointers to 843 videos and animations of knots from the WonderHowTo instructional video directory site.
http://www.wonderhowto.com/search/knot/

A step by step photographic how-to for the bowline from the University of Kansas student newspaper.
http://www.kansan.com/stories/2009/jan/22/diy_bowline_knot/?jayplay

3 petaled flower tied in copper wire5 petaled flower tied in copper wire Since I can pretty much tie flower knots in my sleep, plus their interlacement points are

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3 good luck knot rendered in copper wire4 good luck knot rendered in copper wire Documenting this backwards: the first knot I tried because of the simplicity of the structure and easy construction was the good luck knot. Significant amounts of twisted wire cluttered my work area until I decided to try tied knot templates. Simple folded shapes, each one the same, fit together to form the knot. A little fiddling with the ends to make sure the pieces don't pop back out completes the knots.

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3x3 mystic knot pendant tied in copper wire3x3 mystic knot tied in copper wire I have these visions of graceful scrolls and curls, but things never seem to turn out that way. What I should be doing, of course, is cut the wire much longer and not be so concerned about waste (does anyone recycle/re-smelt copper bits like they do silver?) then this piece won't be too short and that one too long and the whole design not gel.

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3x3 mystic tied in copper wire preformed into hairpin shapes bao knot hairpinWhile I still was without my needle tool, I considered ways to pull the wire through the already formed part of the knot with minimal di

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3 flower tied in copper wire 2x2 mystic knot tied in copper wire Tying knots in wire is a lot like tying knots in cord in higher gauges. That is to say when the wire is thin, it handles somewhat like cord.

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mystic charm I've been obsessing about wire for a while now. If you tie your knots in wire you could make all sorts of interesting and unique findings like a chandelier/filigree finding or a stone/bead setting. This mystic charm was tied in 24ga copper wire. I first made a template with 1mm cord and ran the wire through as if I were adding a sideline embellishment thread.

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