December 10, 2014

DIY Wire and Bead Christmas Ornaments

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I love this time of the year.  My Christmas tree is up!  And the house is decorated.  

And as I hung each ornament and admired them, I couldn't help but think that I really should make some ornaments.

Easy to make wire and bead ornaments, DIY

And so I did.  And you can too!

December 2, 2014

Holiday Jewelry Tools Wish List: Wubbers Jumbo Tapered Pliers

(S)he's making a list

It never hurts to have a list - especially when it's a list of goodies that people could consider buying you as gifts this holiday season.  And don't worry, if you miss the holiday (I celebrate Christmas), my birthday is a few days later...

So, what would I like to find under my tree this year?

First up are these Wubbers Jumbo Tapered Round Pliers .

Yes, I know they are different looking, but that's exactly what intrigues me.  They are designed by Sharilyn Miller, a wire wrap goddess in her own right.

November 18, 2014

Convertible Necklace Design: Wear It Long or Short

Two is Better Than One

As a jewelry maker, I like to think that I am not in competition with mass market jewelry companies like Avon, Silpada, Cookie Lee and Lia Sophia (to name a few).  

I've been to my share of home jewelry parties for the brands previously mentioned - and one thing I've noticed these brands often do, is to make their jewelry convertible.

A multi-strand necklace might include a detachable bracelet or the 21 inch necklace can also become a triple wrap bracelet.  I've watched the party goers eat up these sales pitches on the versatility of a design.

So, when it makes sense, I try to adopt the same concept.  

November 13, 2014

Small Lessons Learned in Wire Wrapping: Asymetrical Gemstone Bracelet

It's a Wrap

Today, a piece of jewelry pulled from the pile by a friend, shined up, given a little re-work and sent to a new home.  

But along with it are the lessons learned from the time I made it, to when I finally finished it, at least 2 years, maybe much more.

Great gemstone wire wrapped bracelet - interesting tips on what makes it wearable and pretty: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

The changes I made were so small, but made a huge difference - especially since it went from the UFO (unfinished objects) pile to sold in a matter of minutes.  Here's what's different...

November 11, 2014

Technique: Filling in a Shape with Beads

Filling in the lines

When I made these wire earring frames, I envisioned brick stitch around the edges inside.

An online jewelry making friend, Olga Renteria at Wire Frenzy, sent me this diagram and it seems perfect. (Click the link to see and like her jewelry page.  She has beautiful beaded designs and wire work)

But the hammered frame has some sharp edges which could cause the thread to fray or break. Instead, I made another round frame so I can try the brick stitch though.  More about that later...

I finally decided how to bead the frames when I got Dallas Lovett's book Woven Bead & Wire Jewelry in the mail this week.