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Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

In anticipation of St. Patricks Day, this green agate is now on the retail floor at Catolina Mountain Artists Guild.  It has been dressed up in a few wire weaves from titanium enamel wire and 3 petite flowers, item ps83.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Random Acts Of Weave

This was a lot of fun to create. I just kept adding weaves randomly, with some extra wire woven in. There's absolutely no way that I could possibly recreate this design. I actually tried and the attempt failed miserably.  This is destined for Hendersonville, NC tomorrow.

Tomorrow is my day to operate the co-op, always a joy for me. It should be a slow customer day, typical of a cold February day. However, I'll be busy. I'm the volunteer behind the co-ops Facebook page, so tomorrow I'll be taking pictures of everything hearts for Valentines Day. Also, I volunteer on the jury committee and we have a new exciting submission.

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Have a joy filled and creative day!


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Monday, January 22, 2018

I'm a Risky Rebel

The description for this cabochon said it is lucite. I'm accustomed to the term resin.  But, what it all means is manmade plastic substance. I avoid plastic!

This isn't a popular material from what I've read in the wire community. Most folks like gemstones and a crystal here and there. Well, I thought I'd be a rebel and break down a barrier, at least in my creative world.

I wanted a turquoise color cabochon or a bead. It needed to be in my budget. My Etsy search offered a set of 4 of these.  I took a risk and ordered them. I am so happy with them. I think its gorgeous. It even held up during patina and polishing.

I set this cabochon in a classic setting.  The  embellishment is a graduating series of copper beads.  I decide to twist the remaining wires together and give them some loops.

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Have a joy filled and creative day!
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Layered Weave and Abalone Shell

Layering a weave on top of another weave is popular, however I personally have done few.  I have recently had the desire to do more of this technique.

A strand of 14mm abalone shell beads was orignally purchased with a different design in mind.  But instead, I decided to give it a bit of a layered weave on one side.  I had seen other artisans run a single wire at the bottom of the bead, over the weave to keep things in place. I decided to use this tecnique, but I have threaded on a tiny flower to disguise the bare wire.  Originally the bail was going to be a jump ring through the weave and coil at the top, but there were 2 wires left and they just wanted to have a figure 8 or corset weave to become the bail.  So a very simple design became more involved and I'm a happy gal.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Learning To Create My Own Designs

I belong to a great forum on Facebook, 'Wire Wrap Tips & Tutorials'. We ask questions and provide answers, advice and motivation to each other. I have learned a lot from this group.

Today I provded my 2 cents and thought I'd share.

A member wrote ".....Any advice on learning to make my own design?..."

My 2 cents "After awhile the designs will just come. Mine happened with gaining trust in myself/designs and not thinking to much. Also, having a gamit of techniques in my experience bucket. But, when I'm stumpted....This is how my mind works, sometimes. How can I make this design my own. Then look at part of it. How can I change the weave. What can I do for a different clasp. What different embellishment(s) can I add, instead of the flat wire, use round, coil it, put small beads in the coil. Add a coin bead where the flat/square wire join.  Have fun experimenting and one morning you'll wake up with a design from your dreams.  Goooooo gurl!"

And because no blog post should go without a picture, I've posted one of my pendants. This was created by allowing myself to just go for it, using tecniques I've learned along the way. It started by choosing the jasper bead and wanting to include the leaf charm.

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