Do you ever make something that is ridiculously simple, but of which you are extremely proud?
That's today for me with the silly little snake charm. It took way too long to make for what it is, and it probably could be done ten times better, but... it is what it is and I'm very satisfied with it.
It didn't even start off to be a snake. It was going to be some nice copper hoop earrings, similar to the heavy copper forged earrings I've made before. Unfortunately, I jumped ahead and made the hoop before hammering the wire. My next thought was to see if I could make them into more of an ancient style hoop by filing the 12g wire thin enough to make it into an earwire. This thought came from watching a great wire wrap tutorial video by Dennis Hardy on YouTube. He starts by filing the wire to taper it, and I realized I never tried that - so I dug out my neglected files and started tapering the wire.
At some point, I decided I was never going to file enough to get to ear wire thin - maybe they could be gauges - those ear wires that people use to expand their ear hole size, but they wouldn't be wearable earrings for me. Then the snake came into my brain. I've always loved snake jewelry, so it seemed like the easiest thing to do. I added a few curves, flattened the head and pulled out my letter stamps to add texture (another thing I've rarely used).
The 'X' letter was the obvious choice for the snake skin, but it didn't work as well as I would have liked. Admittedly, I wasn't trying very hard, but next time I would use a W or M. I just think the design would be fuller without having to fiddle as much with the stamp. I also would anneal before stamping too.
So, there you have it. I'm already getting over the little fella, but I do feel like I learned a few new skills and had some fun making it. And my kids could tell right away what it was supposed to be (which is not always the case - lol!). I suppose this is a perfect project for wire scraps or mistakes. And I think it will be perfect in a group of wire wrapped charms - possibly on a leather cord. Or maybe attached to an earwire?
And, on another note, I'm right back to taking pictures with my i-Phone on my kitchen counter. I've cleaned up an area to be my photo studio, but I just haven't had time to set up everything and practice. Again, it is what it is, and I'm sure I will get to it soon. I just hate not posting just because the pictures are no better than they've always been.