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SNOW! Sitting at home looking at beads!

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.

Product DetailsI 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.

ENI OKEN TUTORIALS – More from my collection

My fascination with wire-wrapped jewelry started with two Eni Oken tutorials.  After I took my first wire-wrapping class (a three-hour introduction in which we learned to make a loop, a “hippie-wrap” on a non-drilled stone, and a “nest ring”, I came home and went on-line and googled “wire-wrapped jewelry” and found Eni Oken’s site.

I fell in love immediately with the wire-wrapped bangle and bought the tutorial and made three of them.  Then Eni published her “ornate ring” tutorial, and I bought that and have still not stopped making them.

I have since bought quite a few of Eni’s tutorials, and downloaded all of her free ones, I think.  I have learned something from each of Eni’s tutorials. (NOTE:  Many of Eni Oken’s tutorials have since been moved to Eni’s new, exciting site JewelryLessons )

Here is a list of the tutorials I have bought from enioken.com

Bangle Bracelet*
Woven Cuff


Coiled Toggle
Multi-Strand Clasp
Double-Hook Clasp


Mini-Mosaic Earrings


Herringbone Weave on Bead
Fat Wrap Bead
Ornamental Centerpiece
Sideways Strung Capped Bead
Bead Cap Wrap
Cluster Finding
Quarterfoil Link
Basket-Weave Bezel
Wrapped Connector Post

Mosaic Pendant
Netted Cap
Circular Orange Pendant
Circular Rose Montee
Red Holiday Necklace
Sideways Frame Wrap Pendant
Chaos Necklace
Woven Bail for Focal Pendant

Ornate Ring *
Nest Ring
Ethnic Ring
Square Ring
Rainbow Ring

* My first two Eni Oken tutorials (they are listed as “advanced”, but this beginner managed to make some very beautiful pieces from these tutorials!)