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Friday, October 26, 2012

Which Came First? The Chicken or the Egg?

Source:  Pinterest

I love a good mystery and history.  Throughout history there are great inventions that are created by different 2 people in 2 different locations. Sometimes they are in other countries.  So I believe that this same occurrence can and does happen when it comes to wire jewelry designs.  I think it's really magical when something original is created by 2 people that don't know each other.  It really makes me realize just how little I know about how our world really operates.  I figure one day I'll be looking down at our planet and say 'Oh!  Will you look at that!  So that's how that happens!'





 









The earrings on the left are from ArtistiKat on Etsy. The earrings on the right are from my worktable.  Mine have a bit more wire, the center is pushed out (I call it a bubble), mine have a simple loop and the beads are in 2 sizes.  I don't believe either of us were first.  I think this is so cool!  To see a coincidence like this is exciting!  I think the ancient philosophers called it synchronicity.

Recently I have noticed 2 of 'my' designs showing up by other wire artists.  I'm sure that she or he thinks the same as I do when we discovered the same design by someone else - 'Hey!  That's my design!"  I've had to apologize, in my own head, to the other wire artist for my accusation.  How selfish of me to think such a thought without evidence.  Besides, is anything truly ours?

Source:  Pinterest

I usually post my designs somewhere on the internet.  It is my personal style to put it out their and sometimes with a free tutorial.  If someone wants to recreate it, well then, I'm flattered. I think all of my designs are really from the ultimate Creator and I am gifted with the idea.  But it's also there to share.  But that's me and not everyone.
 
 

 
Here is another example of a similar design.  The one on the left is from Overstocked.com and the one on the right is from my worktable.  Mine have an open spiral and a charm hanging from the bottom and there is no bead on the top.  So I ask, Which came first?  The chicken or the egg?'
Source:  Pinterest

Please feel free to recreate any of my designs.  If you however make a purse full of money from selling it then please donate my share to a non-profit that helps mankind.

Now go make something out of wire and have fun!
 
Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  Linda

Monday, October 22, 2012

Earring Tutorial - Pear Filagree

I have an addiction to Pinterest.  There are so many wonderful pictures of wire jewelry to spark the imagination.  Once I find a design that calls to me I become challenged to recreate the piece, which usually comes out a wee bit different, with my spin on the design.   I followed a link on Pinterest, that lead me to Etsy, that lead me to KariLuJewelry, which is the shop name for the beautiful creations by Karissa Mohr.  I adore her designs.


So I accepted my own personal challenge, to see if I could recreate a pair of earrings that grabbed my attention.  My design has a slight variation with the shape and I think my wire gauge is smaller.  Since I really like them, I decided that I would take pictures of the process, just to document for myself.  But then, as before, I thought I would post the tutorial here on my blog, just in case someone else wanted to give them a try.

Supplies:
18 gauge wire
20 gauge wire (because the 18 gauge wouldn't fit through my gemstone beads and I didn't want to drill the holes.)

Tools:

 
My handy dandy leather sound muffler thingy, or a folded towel.  Plus my steel block, perhaps yours doesn't have as many scares in it (I really need to clean this one up).  And, a jewelry hammer.  I know, I know, your looking at this and thinking to yourself 'Isn't that a hammer from the hardware store?"  Yup!  Very high tech!  One day I'll get a jewelry hammer.  In the meantime, let's pretend the marks in my wire are intention.  My artistic licence to give pieces an organic feel. Ha!
 
 
What the heck!?  Now you will need a mandrel that measures 2.0 meters in diameter, that's 'about' 1 1//2 inches.  I used the #20 punch from my dapping set.  Because I didn't know what the #20 meant, I used my sliding millimeter gauge to measure.  Yup!  #20 means 2.0 meters.  Go figure!
 

The indispensable Sharpie and a ruler.  And, you guessed it, my favorite ruler was a freebie from years ago.  I've been hoping for a 2nd ruler to come in my order, but no such luck.

 
I used the 2nd step on my small step pliers, but you can use your sliding millimeter gauge to find the 3.5 mm area on your round nose pliers.
 

And without further ado......The team of best hand tools...starting at one o'clock, chain nose pliers, small round nose pliers, flush cutters, flat tip pliers and nylon jaw pliers for straightening wire.
 
Now to get down to business.....
 

 
Flush cut a 6" piece of 18 gauge wire.  Straighten it.  Use your Sharpie to mark the 3" center.
 
 
Use your flat nose pliers to make a sharp 90 degree angle.  This angle will help to make both of your shapes consistent.
 
 
Place the 90 degree wire on the round portion of your dapping punch or mandrel.  Hold the wire in place with you fingers against the mandrel.  You want to make sure that you do not lose that 90 degree angle.  The top bend in the wire will not touch the mandrel.  It will stick out a bit.  Now use your free hand to push the wire ends around the mandrel to form this shape. Bringing the wire straight upward adds a needed curve to the very bottom of the end wires.

 
Using the 2nd step (3.5 mm) of the small step pliers, or the spot on your round nose pliers, make outward loops on each end of the wire.
 

 
Use your chain nose pliers to form open spirals that look like the above.  There is one complete circle in the center and a half open circle.  The space is about the size of the wire diameter and the tips of the wire are now facing downward.
 
 
Place the center of the small round nose pliers at the base of your form.  You will have 2 wires in the pliers.  Make sure your pliers are centered to align with the top bend, or your form will be wonky.  Keep the pliers in place with your dominate hand and use the fingers from your other hand and grasp one of the spirals and pull it across the top of the pliers.  Now you will have this form.
 
 
Put the middle of the small round nose pliers back into the same place.  Hold the pliers to secure the wire and use your fingers from your free hand to move the other spiral over to the other side.  Now you will have this shape.
 
 
Use your fingers to gently pull the bottom part of the form slightly apart.  Here's a picture with a good mistake. I didn't line up the pliers with the center, directly under the top bend.  This put too much wire on one side.  Some magical tweaking is in store.
 
 
Now it's time to get rid of some of your pent up anger or frustration.  Use your hammer to work harden your form and to give it a nice finished look.  I'm thinking of trying to hammer the spirals a bit more next time and seeing if I like the look.  Oh, the possibilities.
 

 
Now use your fingers to gently move your shape back to where the curves will over lap each other to the size of the middle of your round nose pliers. 
 
Now take some 20 gauge wire and your favorite beads or charms and add a wrapped looped dangle to the center of this opening.
 
Here's another example of the final earrings.  Can you see where I made a mistake?  The earring on the left has a larger center loop.  I must have used a different spot on my small round nose pliers, or I didn't press my wire down snug to the pliers.
 

 
Now let's see if these beauties will sell for me.
 
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.  Have a wonderful day full of laughter and smiles. Linda
 



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tutorial for Crossed Hoop Earrings

I first learned to make these earrings from a tutorial by Denise Peck in her book "Wire Style"  I love this book and would suggest that you check it out.


The other day I was working at the WV Highland Artisan Gallery and a customer was looking for a mate to an earring she lost.  It turned out it was one of my earrings.  I opened my laptop and began helping her to identify it in my earring photo file and it turned out to be the crossed hoop earrings.  I promised the lady that I would make a replacement pair for her.  Then began my thinking.  So I pulled out the tutorial by Denise Peck.  As I was making the earrings I decided to take some pictures of each step in the process.  Those extra pictures always help me when I need to recreate a piece of jewelry.

Since I was going to write a tutorial for myself, with extra pictures, I thought that I'd post them here, just in case it would be helpful to someone else.

Materials:
16 gauge copper wire, but silver looks terrific, too.
2 ear wires

Tools:
Heavy duty flush cutters
1" diameter dowel, or find this spot on a ring mandrel.
Hammer
Bench block
File
Small stepper pliers (I used the center step or use a 3 1/2 mm mandrel)
Chain nose pliers
Flat nose pliers

 
Flush cut a 4" length of 16 gauge wire.
 

Form most of the wire around the 1" mandrel, but do not bend the top portion.  Have the ends of the wire touch each other to form a tear drop.
 
 
Place the tear drop on the bench block.  Hold the ends of the wire together to keep the tear drop shape.  Hammer the entire wire, lightly to work harden and so the wire will keep the tear drop shape.
 
Now hammer both sides again, this time to flatten the wire a bit.  Hammer just the ends a little extra to give the ends a flared appearance.
 
 
Put the tear drop back onto the 1" mandrel.  Using your fingers, cross the top wires so they are equal on each side and the inner wire touches the mandrel to form a complete circle.
 
 
Put this form back on the bench block. Using your finger, hold the crossed section secure, to help keep the shape.  Use the rounded part of the hammer to add texture to the bottom 80% of the loop.  This step is optional, but I like the added texture and it only takes a few seconds.
 

Use some 16 Gauge wire to make some 3 1/2 mm size jump rings, by using the center step of the small stepper, or find the right spot on your round nose pliers.
 
I like to hammer my jump rings for appearance and to add some extra hardness.
 
 
Add 2 jump rings to the crossed section. File the bare wire ends to remove the sharpness.
 
 
I like to patina my copper, using liver of sulphur.  This makes the orange wire turn black, then I use 0000 steel wool to polish the wire to a warm brown.
 
You may need to tweak the crossed ends to make sure they are even and shaped the way you want.  Then add the ear wires.
 

I want to thank Denise Peck for her wonderful design and for sharing her tutorial in her book "Wire Style".  It's one of my favorite books and I refer to it often.
 
And, as always, thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog.  I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and will have fun making your own pair of earrings.
 
Have a joy filled and creative day,  Linda



Earring Tutorial - Crossed Hoops

I first learned to make these earrings from a tutorial by Denise Peck in her book "Wire Style"  I love this book and would suggest that you check it out.

The other day I was working at the WV Highland Galery and a customer was looking for a mate to an earring she lost.  It turned out it was one of my earrings.  I opened my laptop and began helping her to identify it in my earring photo file and it turned out to be the crossed hoop earring.  I promised the lady that I would make a replacement pair for her.  Then began my thinking.  So I pulled out the tutorial by Denise Peck.  As I was making the earrings I decided to take some pictures of each step in the process.  Those extra pictures always help me when I need to recreate a piece of jewelry.

Since I was going to write a tutorial for myself, with extra pictures, I thought that I'd post them here, just in case it would be helpful to someone else.

Materials:
16 gauage copper wire, but silver looks terrific, too.
2 ear wires

Tools:
Heavy duty flush cutters
1" diameter dowel, or find this spot on a ring mandrel.
Hammer
Bench block
File
Small stepper plyers or a 3 1/2 mm mandrel

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Earring Tutorial - Sunny Spiral


Here's a tutorial for my most recent earring.  Enjoy!

Materials needed:
20 gauge or 18 gauge (I used silver plate by Para wire)
A pair of ear wires

I used 20 gauge for the spiral portion of the earring, but in the future I believe I will use 18 gauge to give it a bit more strength.  Al tho, I believe the 20 gauge is perfectly fine.

Tools needed:
Flush cutters
Small round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Tube wringer
Sharpie pen
Ruler
Hammer
Steel block


Measure and flush cut a 7" piece of wire.

With your Sharpie pen, measure and make a mark at 1/2" from the end and another mark at 3" from the end. (or 2 1/2 " from your first mark.

The balance of the wire will measure 4"


Get your handy dandy tube-wringer ready.  This tool is usually found in the art paint department of your local hobby store.  Mine has been collecting dust, along with my paint supplies.



Insert your wire at the 1/2" Sharpie mark.  This 1/2" of wire needs to remain straight.  Later this will make the loop for hanging.

Here's where you may need to practice.  The pressure you use to squeeze the tube wringer onto the wire can't be too hard or you will break your wire.  If the pressure is too gentle, you won't get a good crimp.


Turn the crank on the tube wringer and allow the wire to feed between the teeth of the tube wringer.  This will give the wire an even zig zag bend.  Continue to crank up to the 2nd Sharpie mark.   You will then have 2 1/2' of zig zag.


Remove the wire from the tube wringer and use the tip of your small round nose pliers to make a small loop on the straight end.


Your wire will now look like this.  1/2" of straight wire, 2 1/2" of zig zag wire and 4" of straight wire with a small loop on the end.


Starting at the small loop, use your chain nose pliers to make an open spiral up to where the zig zag begins.  I try to space the open spiral so that the space in between each row of wire is about the same as the thickness of the wire.

 
Now slowly and carefully continue the spiral using the zig zag portion of the wire.  I have the points of the zig zag wire actually touch the prior row of the spiral.  the space in between each zig zag give the same spacing as the previous spiral rows. 

Do not spiral the remaining 1/2" of straight wire.


Use the middle of the mandrel on the small round nose pliers to make the top loop for hanging.  I'm sorry for the blurry picture.  Photography isn't my forte' and it was chilly outside.  I guess you're seeing my shivering.

Now gently hammer the entire spiral.  This will work harden the wire and also flattens the wire for the appearance.


Now add some sort of dangle, a bead, a crystal or a squiggle of wire (I've used 18 gauge wire for the squiggle and then hammered it to give it some weight and balance).

I hope that you've enjoyed this tutorial.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

Have a joy filled and creative day!  Linda