Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Week's Work

  My brief fling with ordinary jewelry appears to be over already:)

The weeks work turned out to be only an excersize, rather than a finished design. I was 80% done when I suddenly decided to scrap it and start all over.

I wasn't prepared for how strong and dense the twining weave would be. I had been advised to use smaller guage wire, but did I listen?  lol

Other mistakes and lessons learned besides wire guage issues were, pulling too tight on my spoke wires and the LOS cannot be cleaned from between the weave, so I better want it to be black!

Also got biggest blister ever! 

18 comments:

  1. Mary, This is amazing! The intricacy of the weave just blows me away...I can imagine a huge blister. Are you recreating this design with smaller gauge wire?? I do wear scraped pieces of jewelry :) Excited to see the next one! Christine

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  2. Stunning....beautifuly designed...amazing construction!

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  3. This is magnificent..I know it really hard to weave all this Mary!

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  4. Wow!
    Wow, Wow and WOW! I'm at loss for other words!
    Heike

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  5. So glad to see how well liked this is!! Thanks everyone!

    I will be making a similar design in smaller gauges. I just know that smaller gauges will take longer to weave though:(

    There doesn't seem to be many options for finishing the ends of the core wires. I was planning to run some leather cord down the eye pin ends, but after weaving it was nigh impossible to thread the cord through:(

    So new design may change a bit

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  6. OMG!!! This one blew my mind away!!!! Soooooo amazing!!!!!

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  7. I love your blog and your work. I am also a wire artist and am working on a basket at this time. Have you considered a small tube in the eye openings. This of course would make this more a cuff or perhaps paddle the ends instead of making the loop?

    Debora Mauser

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  8. Debora, Thanks for your comments and suggestions. The tube idea is a good one since it is stiff enough to thread thru the eyes.

    I did consider paddles, but I make terribly shaped paddles! lol

    I am forming a vague rescue plan as I work on my latest project;)

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  9. Oh Deborah, if you are making a wire basket, I would like seeing it if you care to share. My email is tuckerm4mat@gmail.com if you decide show it:)

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  10. I love your work as well as your generousity at sharing what you have learned thru trial and error. Thank you so much! It is because of this that I am now bitten by the coiling bug and copper and doodling away designs first on paper and then trying my hand at making them.

    Mary

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  11. I think this IS accessible, actually. I mean, it's definitely not simple, but its a cuff bracelet, and I love those. Very wearable =)

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  12. Mary, I'm glad to hear from a fellow coiler! There is so much to explore with this technique, we could be busy a long time:)

    Maddragonqueen - thanks daughter!:)

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  13. I recently finished a stick pin design and showed it to some of the members of our rock club to get their opinion on it. One of the ladies said what a fantastic hair ornament it would make for someone with long hair. I thought that was a great idea I never thought about. When they inquired about where I was learning from I had to tell them about your site.

    Mary...aka...Scrimshaw Mary

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  14. Mary, from Creative Wire Jewelry forum? I remember you! THanks for mentioning me to your rock group:)

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  15. Yes, that is me. I have shared your site with several people and now I am hunting, trying to find the past issues of Step by Step Wire you were in so I could try the locket!! I have found every magazine but that issue, dang it. If you ever do another tutorial, PLEASE let me know!!!

    Mary...aka...Scrimshaw Mary

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