Sunday, August 30, 2009


After a very long frustrating dry spell.... I finally made something that I like! It also has some new and innovative techniques (by moi, thank you ((Bows))) . Innovation is the hardest part of wire work for me:)

I look forward to building on this idea more in the future.

Now I think I will go wash the dishes....:)

Friday, August 28, 2009

In A Slump

I'm stuck...

The month of August just took the wind out of my sails. I had so many great ideas, and I still have those great ideas, but I have no patience, or drive to pursue them.

I hope my spirit comes back soon!

In the mean time I am posting some jewelry from 3 years ago when I was first learning to wire wrap. You can see Sharilyn Miller and Eni Oken influences in the pieces along with some of my own addition of beaded beads and vintage glass.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Mystery Gift

The mystery gift finally made it to my brother's house, and I do think he was surprised:) This is my second ever piece of jewelry made for a man.

This is a rough and tumble male who doesn't normally wear jewelry. But he wears this!!

The three center rings are my pride and joy, in that I managed to perfectly form them and the solder joints went so well it's hard to see them.

This ring was the warm up act..

Monday, August 17, 2009

Out Sick

The angsty artist has been sick:( which has slowed down wire production a great deal:( She also has super busy week of real life responsibilities ahead of her:(

She does have some very cool new projects she would love to post, but they are secret projects intended for someone who might read this blog:)

She will reveal all when she can:)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Dreamed It

I woke up with this bracelet design in my head. I am working on a design for an upper arm bangle and this particular idea was not one of my sketches so far.

The weave was learned from an Emi Kaz tutorial ,which you can find here if interested . He did a great job on the tutorial. I haven't actually made the ring in the tutorial but I learned quite a bit of useful techniques just reading it, and now I have this cool bangle.

The bracelet packs alot of punch and I got it done in under 1.5 hours. Amazing huh? Well, I was amazed anyway! hehe:))

I am concerned about it how durable it is though:( It has to open and close around the wrist every time you put it on, and I wonder how long it will take for the core wires to fatigue and snap. I suspect I am being overly cautious, but I'll put some thought into some type of 'fatigue testing' before I continue to work with this design. I can think of a million more ways to use the wrap around idea.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Caution: Steep Learning Curve Ahead

I've been wire working as hard as ever over the last few weeks, but have very little to show for it. Got tons of failed projects all over the craft table. Some of those projects can be revived into new pieces at a later date but half of it has to go into the scrap bin:(

So did I learn anything? I really have no idea - I attempted some new cabachon caging techniques, (the standard type normally done with square wire) and I tried measuring carefully and/or being creative and in the end I had to walk away completely from the cabachon with nothing to show for it and no sense of having achieved anything:( The below picture only shows SOME of my failed caging attempts

I hated walking away from the learning without having achieved anything except for a feeling of 'ick' - but I was getting no where and it was time to fold that hand of cards.

One reason why so many of my projects are failing in my own eyes is that I want to do better craftmanship. I want to execute everything with excellence. What I love about wire is the way it drapes or folds or wraps when it is handled by a true craftsman. It looks so voluptuous and rich, it draws me in to touch it and be lost in all the yummy folds of it.

Sharilyn Millers work is like that - her technique/craftmanship shows up in such basic things as head pins and eye pins. All her wire has a lovely well-crafted look about it - everything is touchable and voluptuous, full of luxury.

She has started a new blog at If you are interested in wire work it is a lovely place to visit. She gives free lessons on the basics and tutorials of cool pieces of jewelry - all free. She lets her cats get into the tutorial pictures if they insist (as cats do) and the vibe on the blog is one of hanging out with the master artist herself in her own house.

It's been great for me to go over some of the basics on her site. I realized that I had picked up some bad habits and it was time for a refresher course in the basics.

I finally got around to working on a necklace that has been on my mind for several weeks. And it just turned into one more disappointment in a long string of them. I loved the design, but the craftmanship just wasn't what I wanted. The excellence just wasn't there.

It looks like this:

It's really not so bad is it? BUT I knew it didn't have her touch, especially the 'eye' part of the links where the jumprings go through. She would never make a link like that. Hers would have had some lovely roundness to it.

It was a tough project in other ways too- due to the fact that each link needed to be graduated in size to fit the graduated briolettes. Maybe it was a bit too ambitious. I had hoped that using a jig would give me good control over the wire work and uniformity, so when this is what I got using the jig I was pretty stumped as to how to proceed for improvement.

So I'm sitting there in a quandary, wishing I had a teacher who could help me with this link - and I thought "What would Sharilyn Miller do"? And because I have been reading her work lately and reviewing the basics I had some idea of what she might do.

I ended up using a knitting needle mandrel, and rolling down the end of each wire like an eye pin and measuring the amount needed for the eye in the same way she does it. Thanks Sharylin for help in the basics and I do think I like this necklace just fine:))

And on a final note, Brass, which had been permanently banished from my workbench forever, wormed its way back into my good graces and even found a home on a high end piece - Sheesh!!