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Monday, January 26, 2015

Lovely Hearts

I've been a busy gal recently and have neglected my blog.  So many little things have been on my to do list that I haven't made time for my blog.  One of those things has been to meet my goal of increasing my inventory in my Etsy shop.  I wanted to have at least 100 items listed.  As of today, I have 107 items.Yippee! There were more, but there were several sales in January. Another,Yippee!

This heart pendant is my favorite!  This technique has several names, from chaos curls to swirl and curl.  There are several layers of wire that lay on top of each other and then I used a rawhide mallet to manipulate them into a solid form.  Then I added a splash of color, with red Swarovski crystals

Like so many of my lovely jewelry making friends, I too, have been making and listing hearts for the Valentines Day season.  I never really get tired of hearts, nor do I need a season to make hearts. I love to see how I can make another heart that has a different style.  But, I don't think I'm alone.  I bet a lot of people love making hearts, either in jewelry, in quilts, on canvas or with a crayon.

I've been making this form for years, but this time I added the swirls to one side and some pretty pink and green Swarovski crystals.

If you look closely you will see that this pendant uses the same open heart form like that above it.  Only this time, I have made the forms smaller and added a bit of bling with clear Swarovski crystals.

Look closely and you will see lots and lots of hearts in a chain maille technique.  The next time I make this bracelet I think I'll add a glass heart bead as the charm.

I've been learning to weave and I hope to have my technique perfected in the near future so I can show you my new pieces.

Thank you for visiting. Have a joy filled and creative day!

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Weaving In and Out (not in traffic)

I've been interested in wire weaving for quite some time.  It seemed daunting.  There was part of me that was very curious and yet another part that said it would be too time consuming for my personality.  Well, it turns out that I love it!  Time or no time, the technique is addicting.

My first weaved cuff.  Not bad, but I can see where I will tighten and straighten some of the weave wires.  This bangle was made with 14 gauge core wires and if I'm remembering correctly, the wraps are 22 gauge.

I belong to several Facebook wire groups.  That's where I found the talented Lisa Barth.  Her jewelry is perfect in everyway.  I just couldn't keep my eyes off of it.  Then, there was mention of a book that she has written. "Timeless Wire Weaving" published by Kalmbach Books,Waukesha, WI. The hook was baited, the line cast and I grabbed hold and didn't let go until I drove to the bookstore and bought my copy.  Oh, my gosh!  Lisa is an excellent educator and the pictures are wonderful.  So I picked up some wire and my tools and practiced, practiced, practiced.  I still have a long way to go, but the journey is so much fun.

After, reading and reading Lisa's book, I journeyed over to the land of Youtube.com.  There I found some more remarkable teachers and different techniques.  If you are interested check out:

1) Lisa Niven Kelly of Beaducation - Introduction to Wire Weaving Tutorial
2) Oxana124  She has several wire weave videos

Here are some of the different techniques I have practiced.  I will figure out some designs once I feel comfortable with weaving.

Weave 1:  Raw Copper

Weave 2:  Antiqued Copper

Weave 2:  Raw Copper.  This is a good shot of how I added wire.  I have now learned to either leave it on the spool or to cut more that I think I need, until I have made my notes with accurate measurements for future projects.

Weave 2:  Antiqued Copper

Weave 3:  Raw Copper

Weave 3:  Antiqued Copper

Weave 4:  Raw Copper.  Another weave that I needed to add wire, in-order to complete

Weave 4:  Antiqued Copper

Weave 5:  Antiqued Copper.  I forgot to take a picture of this weave in the raw copper version.  Oops!

Thank you for visiting.  Have a joy filled and creative day!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

I wish us all a year full of happiness, good health, laughter, prosperity and achievements of all of our goals.