Happy New Year, 2015, woop woop, it’s a different number. 🙂
I have decided to spend this year doing more of what I love, and ideally not frittering away quite so much time on the interwebz. I am not going so far as to call it a resolution, but it’s at least an intention of sorts.
The internet *is* a good source of inspiration and information for us creative, crafty types though, and I was inspired to have another go at making wire rings. I’ve already made a few wire rings in the past (jade ring, silver spiral ring and this wire wrapped bead ring which I still wear). Here is my latest effort.
I’m just playing around with wire at the moment, trying out new techniques. I can’t decide whether I prefer the ring on my index finger or thumb. Note the massively unimpressed cat in the background – she offered no opinion either way. Pfft.
I used a tutorial on the JewelryMakingJournal site: Easy Folded Wire Ring Tutorial. It was really easy to follow, and you can see how different shapes and designs can be created relatively easily from a simple piece of wire. I suspect the wire I’m using is not thick enough, but for practising it will do for now.
Have a look at some gorgeous examples of what you can do when you get really good at wire wrapping…
A while ago I ordered myself some books on wirework jewellery, and I also got myself a bench block and hammer (for forming wire). With one thing and another, I’ve not had time to give them a go, but this evening, I gave in and hit stuff with a hammer. And here are the results:
Although the books make it look so easy, I struggled to get the spirals to be, um, spirally. So they’re a wee bit more organic than I wanted, but they look OK for a first attempt. I also had another go at a wire ring for myself (the spiral ring I made got caught on my jacket and is all bent out of shape *weeps*):
This one is very 3D, so I’ll have to be careful when wearing it. Although it’s made from thicker wire than the spiral ring, so it should be stronger. I shall only wear it when sitting relatively still and drinking cocktails or doing something equally glamorous and lazy. 😀
As well as playing with wire, I’ve also made some ‘regular’ earrings. First some earrings I made for my friend, S, who likes owls. I made them last week and forgot to post them. I think. If I’ve already posted them, just pretend you’re seeing them for the first time, OK?
And these shell flower earrings. Sorry for the awful pic, the light was beautiful this evening, but not great for photos indoors:
Those are Swarovski crystal element beads (I think I got that right – we can’t just called them ‘Swarovski crystals’ any more *rollseyes*) – the new ones called Xillion. They’re lovely and sparkly, but they clearly didn’t come across well in the photo. Will try to get a better picture in the week.