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Lil’ Wayne’s Teeth are not Welcome Here

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Before I began this earring episode, I had another play with wire. I re-created my “Beginnings” necklace in silver wire and a beautiful Swarovski rivoli in medium vitrail. I mainly done this because I wanted to play with liver-of-sulfur. I’ve never tried any antiquing before, but I’ve admired it for a long time  in the works of other artists.

After weaving the necklace, I found that so much bright silver looked quite tacky, like a gangster rapper – all bling and no class.  I prepared myself before opening the bottle of liver-of-sulfur, I’d read all over the internet that the smell was straight from the sewers of hell itself. Clearly the people who thought that have never been to Wai-O-Tapu. It was an ever-so-slight whiff of Rotorua, nothing more – harden up guys!

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Anyway, the wire didn’t darken as much as I would have liked, but it was enough to dull the shine, and make it more like a beautiful piece of jewellery and less like Lil’ Waynes teeth. The steel-like colour lets the rivoli really sparkle too.

I’m in the process of making custom ordered New Beginnings necklace too, a gift for the customers wife (take note husbands, happy wife, happy life). It’s deliciously gothic in black and purple, and makes me think of Disney’s Maleficent .

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Wire Woes

ringPlaying with wire is fun – until it’s not.  I’m having limited success and a lot of wastage.  After much effort I managed to produce two rings – they are too large, too clumsy  and not nearly as graceful as I’d imagined. It’s all part of the learning process, but I’m impatient and I want to be good at everything right away.  I feel like stomping my feet and shouting like a toddler.
bckringI think I’m going to go back to my beads for a few days. I do love my wire; I don’t want to turn it into a chore, and distance makes the heart grow fonder, as they say.  When I do pick my wire back up, it will be to follow some Nicole Hanna tutorials and get a bit a practice. I’ve started something beady, and I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, or quite what it will become. I hope it will become something pretty, I’m really feeling the need to complete an item that I’m happy with. It’s been a week since I finished my Dancing Dragon and I’m getting antsy.

Captured Heart

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The other day while I was wrestling with circular brick stitch, I done an image search to try to figure out where I was going wrong. I came across a beautiful bracelet made by Penny Dixon. The picture was posted on her blog, which I started reading. I became more and more distracted from what I was meant to be doing, when I saw a pair of earrings she had made. These stunning wire and bead earrings looked vaguely familiar and when I read the accompanying blog post, I discovered why. Penny’s ‘Captured Heart’ earrings were recently featured in the August edition of Bead & Button magazine – with a tutorial! I had seen them in the magazine, but I hadn’t really gotten much of a chance to look closely through the issue. After admiring them on Penny’s blog, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

I sent Penny an email asking permission to sell the earrings, should I be successful, to which she kindly consented. Penny warned me that the first attempt can take a long time, and she wasn’t wrong! There is a surprising amount of work in these earrings. I’m not sure quite how many hours I sat there, but it was just about mid-night when I finished. The fine gauge wire is difficult to work with, but I got the hang of it towards the end. I loved my results, but there were errors, and they were a little too untidy. I’ll be keeping those for myself.

Attempt number two. I know I said I was only going to take one night off from brick stitch, but it would seem that I lied. I had to try the earrings again, they’re just too awesome. This time things went a little faster and a little tidier, but my wire frame was still too big. I’m going to need some more practise before I sell these, but I like where I’m headed.

Many thanks to Penny for making this tutorial available.