Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wired Elements

  Finally I have a brand new permanent home!

  I hope you will come by and visit!

I've moved the trinket box tutorial to my webpage

Saturday, January 26, 2013


  I'm having a 30% off sale in my Etsy shop on all jewelry until Feb 5th!!  This is also the last chance to pick up the Twining Tutorial at only 4$. After the sale I will be doubling the price of the tutorial.

  Happy news!! I will be opening a new website very soon where I will do some blogging and hope to offer more teaching in the coming New Year. I will announce that some time in the next month on Facebook,and this Blog.

  My niece is an excellent webmaster and helping me to get the site just as I want it. She is a good communicator and listener helping realize my dream while offering professional advice as guidance. Need a web designer? I recommend her!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Final Words

  What shall I say to you? You wonder where I've been and what I have been doing I bet. And, just where do things stand today?

  I remember when this blog had only 15 followers for the first 1.5 years. A dead blog accept for me chugging away and trying to improve myself:) Then I started to grow in my wirework and people were excited. I was excited too!

  I remember why I started this blog. I wanted to write a blog that I would want to read. I've always been the type who would love to read someones diary. After they died of course;) What did they really think in their heart of hearts?

  I wanted to write a blog that would encourage others and build them up and give them hope for success. The way I wished other people's blogs would do for me. 

  Have you ever seen someones work and than felt hopeless afterwards? Like you could never be that good? That pretty? That smart? That talented? I never wanted my blog to ever make you feel that way... I hope it never did. If for any reason it did... be sure and go back to my first posts and have a look...

  I've dedicated myself to wire and I have suffered A LOT of frustration in learning. If you are frustrated too, it means you are on the right path. Congratulations your on the same road many other wireworkers have walked. Even this last month I have made some designs that displeased me and left me empty, confused or lost.

  If you were to look at the work of any artist over a long period, you will see some things you don't like. Some poor designs, some failed projects, some weird stuff.

 What these people do is they 'MAKE STUFF'. And after that they make 'MORE STUFF'. And in all that making something starts to happen. You find what you love and your own vision grows. Inspiration can catch you on fire and carry you to great heights. And when it doesn't, then you are making more stuff while you wait for it to return. Don't be afraid to make bad stuff. And don't be afraid to go the extra mile and do your best work. Both ends of the spectrum belong to you.


  Like the post says...these are my final words for now. I love being a part of the online wire community. My heart wants to be back sharing with you all again and being active online, teaching, sharing and inspiring each other.
  My personal life and work in engineering is boring and drab to me compared to the breathlessness of wire. But I feel my responsibilities need me to be more devoted to them right now.
  I am still working wire and am committed to that, but it's going more slowly as I rethink my priorities and wonder about my future path.
  If am able to come back it won't be through this blog, but some new chapter completely.
  You can find me on Facebook. I will post there when I can.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


  Dear Friends,

  I need a change. I'm ready for a new life adventure. The original description of this blog  "The journey of one Angsty Artist, struggling to find her identity, her name and her own style"; no longer rings true for me.

  I'm questioning what more I have to say or give to the blogging community. I'm wondering what sort of new adventure I can get excited about going forward.

  The choices I've made for the last 3 years have been good for me. But, those same choices are not what is best for me going forward another year or 3.

  I'm going to take a big step back and allow some room for reflection in my life and remember what it was like to live a blogless life:)

  All of you readers have meant so much to me. Your encouragement and energy and excitement for my work has been an enormous force in getting me this far. I will miss you all terribly. Even you lurkers who faithfully read but don't comment are precious to me and have helped make this blog exciting.

  I'm not going to post again until mid June which is the 3 year anniversary of this blog. At that time I will either say goodbye or I will have found a fresh blogging voice.

  This doesn't mean I am quitting wire. If I post my work online it will be on my Facebook or my Flickr. Maybe I will work on my etsy shop. You can still find me one of those places.

  It's tempting to be sad about the loss of something that has become a regular part of my life and for some of you and my family it is also a regular part of your lives. My family can call me instead.

  For the rest of you, be brave and make something wonderful! Look inside yourselves and pull out what you find, draw it in wire. Express yourselves wildly, crazily, and beautifully. You don't have to be self confident, you don't have to be fearless, just be brave!!

- Miss Angsty

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Some Inspirations

  Friends, Ive been terribly unproductive and even downright lazy about making things, But, that can't last forever right? It never does!!

  Here are a couple of cool things to look at until I wander back..

A wire starfish with cool air plants!!

Just in time for Easter, an adorable wire bunny with egg:)

Sunday, March 25, 2012


  It's very freeing to my mind to go into my work space and know in advance what I am to be working on. Anything Oceana! All sorts of materials from high to low end and techniques can be used as long as they all follow the ocean theme. It's really quite fun to explore just how many ways I can express our bountiful seas.

Sterling and fine silver, pearls, hematite, and silk

   This necklace uses bronze wire purchased from Nancy Wickman's etsy store.  This is terrific wire and the photo doesn't do it justice. It's everything I ever wished brass would be but wasn't. It's very warmly toned and when left unoxidized has the appearance of gold. When heavily oxidized it turns a deep rich brown rather than black. What you see here is an oxidized version that has been polished with steel wool and tumbled.

   It's pleasurable to work with too, more malleable than brass but stronger than copper. It behaves well and does what it's told.

   I captured a glass marble to give the appearance of a glass float from the ocean. The necklace consists of bronze, glass marble, pearl, amethyst, and silk

  The only problem I am having is that I like everything I'm making and want to keep it all:)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wire Starfish

  I've noticed something new happening in my 'design mind'. I've noticed that many elements I once considered separate ideas are beginning to flow together into one design pool. For example, architectural forms mixing with floral work. The work I did with Crayon Designs (mixing all sorts of materials together) is now getting mixed with architectural forms and the ocean theme, as seen in the above necklace. It's not something I ever planned, it just seems to be happening on it's own. It's really neat to see these elements mixing and I'm excited about what I might produce in the near future.

  Above necklace is agate, vintage glass, millifiori, steel, seed beads, coral and hemp

  Another change for me, is that I think it is time I focused a bit more on the business side of wire. I would like to have some work available in a gallery. I'm trying to come up with a small collection I can haul around and proudly show off. I'm going to focus on making an ocean theme collection with different price ranges from high to low, depending on materials used and time spent on complexity of work. This is an entirely new pursuit for me and it feels a bit scary.

  I noticed to my surprised as I was going through my supplies that I have quite a lot of materials that work well for an ocean theme. It should keep me busy for a while:)

Here is a pile of 4-5 inch starfish all worked in steel. One has goldplate over brass beads, and the other showcases white beach glass.