Who wants to lose a perfectly good shoe at the stroke of midnight? Loop this wire-wrapped Cinderella shoe pendant onto a necklace or bracelet and you can keep it close at all times, no royal suitors required. (Though perhaps desired.)
Lan Anh shares projects that would make even a fairy godmother sigh. Since wire wrapping tutorials were scarce in her native Vietnam, she taught herself the basics before letting imagination take the lead. Visit Lan Anh’s Facebook to explore more of her dainty creations.
- 2 mm clear crystal beads
- Medium-sized paintbrush for shaping purposes
- Round nose, chain nose and flush cutting pliers
- 20 gauge/0.8 mm craft wire
- 28 gauge/0.3 mm craft wire
Step 1: Measure wire and shape the shoe base
To create the shoe’s base, grab a 20 cm long piece of 20 gauge wire. Using a pair of needle nose pliers, bend the wire at its midpoint (10 cm) to form a “V.” Grasp both sides of the wire about 1/3 of the way down their length and bend them toward each other to create a fish-like shape, then pull them outward in the opposite direction.
Twist the two ends around a paintbrush handle to form the back of the shoe. Remove the brush and bend the two wires with your chain nose pliers to form the heel. The leftover wire should measure 3cm. If it’s longer than that, use flush cutting pliers to snip them to size.
Step 2: Add curves to the structure
Switch to your round nose pliers to begin curling the remaining straight wire downward towards the shoe’s heel. Once you have created the curl, press on the sides to ensure they remain tight to the base.
Bend the front of the shoe’s sole downward to form the high heel structure. At this point, you’re ready to start adding the bead details.
Step 3: Make the shoe sole with beads
Cut another piece of 20 gauge wire to 7 – 8 cm. Bend the wire into a “V” as in the first step.
Next you’ll use the thinner 28 gauge wire to start connecting the new “V” to the original base. Align the points of the thicker wires and wrap them together, alternating between loops over the top and bottom wire on both sides.
Once you’ve established the point of the shoe, you can start feeding beads onto the 28 gauge loop to fill in the shoe’s sole.
Step 4: Wrap the heel and form backing
Taking another piece of your 28 gauge wire about 40 cm long, thread the wire through the base of the heel and wrap the wire tightly along its length to create an elegant backing.
Returning to the shorter V-shaped wire you connected before, use your round nose pliers on one side to form the shoe’s strap and swirly side detailing.
With the 28 gauge wire loop you used to add beads to the sole, string three beads on each side before pulling them over the shoe strap and down through the heel. After the additional backing has been created you can go ahead and snip off the excess wire.
Step 5: Detail the front straps
Use the remaining straight length of the 20 gauge wire to form the lower straps of the shoe where the toes would be, shaping them into an elaborate design with your chain nose pliers.
With another length of 28 gauge wire, weave the newly-created strap into the sole before clipping off one side of the wire. Attach a few more beads across the top of the shoe and connect it through the base before trimming the end.
All that’s left to do is admire your work and wear it as proudly as a princess!
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