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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Swirly Curls Technique is Alive!

A design that started out as an earring has morphed into a pendant.

The other day I received another download of creativity.  This design popped into my thoughts.  Quick!  Get the wire and tools!  And, so I did just that, since those type of creative thoughts are like dreams and are very quick to leave and be forgotten.  I set about making a single earring proto type.  I've learned to make a single earring to start, because sometimes what's in my mind doesn't look as attractive in reality.

My single earring will be turned into a child's pendant for my Great Niece.

The lesson here is I just could not get the swirly curls technique to be a twin.  Not even close.  I even took to the long process of picking up a set of wires and making a swirl, putting it down, then picking up the other and made a swirl and continued back and forth.  Well, that was painfully long, but it did produce a close match.  However, this technique requires me to squish all of the swirly curls together into a compact form. Did you know that wire is alive!? It certainly seems like it at times.  I squished the swirls on one element to form my shape, but the second element decided to have a unique result.  Grrrr!  Now, I like this sort of thing and some of my friends and customers like it.  But, honestly there are so many people out there that must have things matchy-matchy. Even if I practiced and got the element close in appearance, I don't think it's worth the time.  So it became larger and better.  It birthed a pendant.

I will be making more of these pendants with different color crystals for the coming holiday art and craft fairs. I'm thinking of antiqued sterling silver with a red tear drop crystal!  Oh! Yeah!

Thank you for visitng and reading my blog.

Have a joy filled and creative day!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nile Corp Has a New Storage Cabinet for Beads, Findings, Etc.

I just got an e-mail from Nile Corp about a new cabinet they are selling and it looks perfect.  I plan on ordering one.  Who am I fooling?  I'll need more than one. I'll let you know what I think about the actual cabinet once I have it. I've included a link below in case you want to check it out.

The pictures are blurry from my attempt to enlarge them from their ad. They come in two colors and they need to be assembled.  But, we jewelers know how to use tools, so it shouldn't be a problem to get them together.  The trays aren't included, but The Nile sells them for a reasonable price.

I'm hoping this cabinet will help to make things more organized, as well as save some space.  I need to measure, but they just might fit under my work table.  Right now I'm using a lot of plastic binds and boxes on tall metal racks.  They are as shallow as I could find, but I still find myself looking under several layers of plastic bags.  Maybe this cabinet will help me know what I have and find it quicker.  Or better yet help me to avoid buying a duplicate item.  Here's the link to The Nile Corporation jewelry tray storage cabinet. It costs $33.65 plus shipping.

I hope this information is of value to you.  Thank you for reading along. 

Have a joy filled and creative day!
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Swirly Curly Wire Technique And Sore Fingers

Ah, yes!  Very sore fingers, but I love, love, love the results that have been created from a brand new technique that I have added to my arsenal.  A huge shout out to Mary-Anne Harvey for her enormous generosity with sharing this technique to the world.  Mary-Anne is the first to tell you that she didn't create this technique.  I don't think anyone knows who the creative genius is behind this technique. However, we are thankful.  Mary-Anne has provided some pictures and guidance to give anyone the opportunity to learn and use this technique.  Some folks call it the chaos technique.  I like to call it the swirly curly.  Be aware, that this technique is contagious and some sore fingers may result, since no tools are used. Please check out Mary-Anne Harvey's work on her Facebook page. Click here to go to her Facebook page or go to Facebook and put Rug N Annie in the search box and enjoy her beautiful work.

Compared to Mary-Anne, I am a novice with this technique.  Never the less, I have used it for a few new pieces and my goal is to get better and better.  The latest is a heart pendant that is now listed in my Etsy shop.  But, why not make your own, if you do wire work.  Just follow Mary-Anne's guidance.  Here's the link:  Tutorial by Mary-Anne Harvey

Thank you for stopping by and reading my latest adventure in the studio.

Have a joy filled and creative day!

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