It’s snowing to beat the band! Not big pretty fluffy snow, just relentless little bitty snowflakes. My New York City street is covered. Just as well! I want to make something today.
I got Abby Hook’s book Wire Jewelry Master Class in the mail yesterday. Stayed up looking through it, reading the really clear instructions, thinking about what I’m willing to do, what I might do right away, and what I’ll probably never do, even though I wish I could bring myself to do it. Then, of course, thinking about how I could get away with not doing what she says to do and still get a similar look. Then thinking about what she shows, and what I probably will actually do. Woo! Tired myself out just looking! Then woke up this morning and started again.
I’m very happy with this book, excited to have it. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the book included the two tutorials (KrissKross ring and Kriss Kross bracelet) I had bought from Abby back when jewelrylessons.com was in business and before my computer crashed and died, taking with it my precious hoard of tutorials. I bought several of Abby’s tutorials, but these are the ones I’d really like to have back. The book does have another tutorial that I had bought, which now looks like something I might like to do. Oh well. Never mind! There is so much information in this book! Then, there are all the pretty pictures. This may be the best jewelry-making book I’ve ever bought.
I actually saw my prehnite/amethyst/silver bracelet in bright sunlight yesterday. I hadn’t realized that the colors were actually so brilliant! Now, I want to make a similar necklace with the prehnite and amethyst left over from the bracelet. I haven’t had a new necklace in quite some time. This will be simple. I think I’ll make some figure eight connectors, as I’m out of jump rings, and I’ll make a stab at making my own S-hook clasp, to jazz it up a little.
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I saw this easy tutorial for little wire knot studs on the Dream a Little Bigger blog. The instructions are very simple, with good pictures to follow.
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To tell you the truth, I have never been quite so inspired by a jewelry-making book as I have been by Weave, Wrap, and Coil: Creating Artisan Wire Jewelry, by Jodi Bombardier.
For years now, I have been following Bombardier’s work on JewelryLessons.com, where she has published quite a few jewelry-making tutorials, so I was excited to see her new book. Just the cover picture made me drool (I have seen a lot of jewelry-making tutorials since I started making jewelry, but Bombardier’s projects in this book are the only ones that have caught my interest as much as those of my first teacher, Eni Oken, the founder of JewelryLessons).
Weave, Wrap, and Coil has 25 very clear tutorials for creating dazzling pieces. The projects, which are grouped by level of difficulty, are very clearly described step-by-step, and photographed so that anyone can make any one of them. (As my first assay into jewelry-making was with an “advanced” bracelet tutorial by Eni Oken, I am here to tell you that, if you know how to hold pliers and a piece of wire, and if you can see and read, you can manage any of these tutorials, and you will learn a great deal with each piece that you make).
If you fancy bold wire-wrapped jewelry, you’ll love Weave, Wrap, and Coil.
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Oh my gosh! It’s December 5th already, and you don’t have all the presents yet! I’ve just been trolling the DIY sites and found this “bar necklace tutorial “: a VERY easy solution from Stripes & Sequins.com for at least a couple of gifts (basically, all you need is time to get to a hardware store, time to get to a store that sells chain by the foot or by the yard, a clasp, a couple of jump rings, and about 5 minutes with a wire cutter, and jewelry pliers, to make a cute necklace).
I’m thinking you could even get fancy with little added effort, adding big-hole beads, or crystals….
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I was sad sad sad last night when, as I took off my lovely, much complimented six-loop silver bead memory wire bracelet, it snapped, spilling the collection of silver beads all over, hither and yon, and places unknown. (the worst part was that I was on my way to bed, to sleep, and I had to pause and scoop up as many beads as I could find, no matter how drowsy I was).
So, now I know, and I want you to know, that a memory wire bracelet worn every day will only last 3-4 years (I always took off my bracelet before bathing/showering, and I never slept in it, but it died anyway).
I’ve moved onto the three-loop memory wire bracelet that I made at the same time. It’s beautiful enough, but not as eye-catching as the 6-loop one. I haven’t worn this one as much, so, hopefully, it has a couple more years left.
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