It can be exciting to see what others are doing with their jewelry-making. I especially like to look at wire-wrapped and/or woven pieces, to see if there might be something I want to learn about.
Here is a list of Facebook groups which focus on making jewelry (as of 2/21/18). To find them, just key in the name in the Facebook Search. See you there!
JEWELRY IN GENERAL
Jewelry Making Love hosted by Linkouture
Lisa Yang’s Jewelry Group
WIRE-WRAPPED AND WOVEN-WIRE JEWELRY
Fantasy Wire Wrapped Jewelry
Wire Wrap Sculpted Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Tips & Tutorials
WireWork & Metal Jewelry Artisans
Wire wrapped jewelry
Wire Art & Wire Wrap Jewelry
Let’s Wire Wrap Jewelry
TUTORIALS FOR WIRE-WRAPPED JEWELRY
(some for free/some for fee)
Free Wire Wrap Tutorials
Wire Wrapping Jewelry Tutorials
Posted in Archives, Bead Pictures, Beads and Wire, design, Designing jewelry, jewelry pictures, TECHNIQUES, tips, TUTORIAL SOURCES, TUTORIALS, TUTORIALS/TUTORIAL SOURCES, wire weaving, wire wrapped jewelry, wire wrapping, wirework, woven wire
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I meant to make a little teeny pendant from a little teeny bead today, but….. first I had to waste some time updating the tutorials page to this blog (check it out! I’ve removed the dud links and marked the free places. The first listings are the artists whose tutorials have most inspired me on a regular basis)
So, anyway, I went back to the beads, and decided to make new ear wraps instead. Honestly, there must be some simple science to making these, but I haven’t discovered it yet. Making them stresses me no end and totally wears me out (*and* it takes up to an hour!) Anyway, I got them done. Copper wrapped magnesite. They are really a bright “Sleeping Beauty Turquoise” blue, and I am really a great photographer (not)
I was thinking of weaving the wire wraps together, but I worry that it might be uncomfortable to wear. I’ll have to think about that some more..
Posted in Archives, Bead Pictures, COPPER, design, Designing jewelry, EARCUFFS, earrings, jewelry, MAGNESITE, MUSING, my pictures, STONES, wire wrapped jewelry, wire wrapping
Tagged designs, EAR WRAPS, MAGNESITE, MUSING, TECHNIQUES, wire wrapped earrings, work-in-progress
This is an elastic bracelet made with lapis, calcite, fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, smokey quartz, pyrite, and copper. It is a Personal Bodyguard from my Bodyguard series.
This is Bodyguard Playing in the Dark. It is an elastic bracelet made with black agate, obsidian, black tourmaline, kyanite, amethyst, jade. aqua aura, lapis, pyrite, hematite, fluorite, black labradorite, and moss agate.
This another Personal Bodyguard, elastic bracelet with jade, moss agate, crystal quartz, aqua aura, tourmalinated quartz, pyrite, tiger eye, aventurine, aquamarine, lapis, amazonite, and copper.
Posted in Archives, Bead Pictures, bracelets, CRYSTALS, design, Designing jewelry, Elastic bracelets, jewelry, jewelry pictures, my pictures, STONES, stretch bracelets, TECHNIQUES
Tagged bodyguard, COPPER, crystals, elastic bracelet, elements, projects, stretch bracelet, TECHNIQUES
So, I have figured out one way to upload photos. It’s not the best, but, if I am neat about it, I should be able to get away with it. Anyway, here is a photo of my long-in-the-process “Bodyguard Playing in the Dark”. (As you can see, I am clearly not an accomplished photographer. Never mind! It’s a picture. )
Bodyguard Playing in the Dark started as an idea to combine as many protection stones as I could in a dark-colored piece. It combines amethyst, aqua aura, black agate, black labradorite, black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline, purple fluorite, green jade, lapis, golden sheen obsidian, hematite, kyanite, moss agate, and pyrite. This piece finally came together when I started experimenting with elastic/stretch cord for bracelets. It seemed like the perfect place to start.
Mom’s Bracelet finally came together when I decided to see if the elastic/stretch cord would work with larger/heavier stones than the 8mm ones I’d been working with. I unstrung it from its original jewelry wire and had it together one-two-three. Mom’s Bracelet is “purpose-built” to address some physical needs that she has. It contains lapis, golden calcite, green fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, pyrite, and copper. (I liked it so well that I have made a similar one for myself).
See! I have been doing! These two bracelets are the end products of my experimentation on 16 different elastic bracelets (all of which I am wearing right now, actually)
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Tagged beads, bracelets, COPPER, designs, DIY, elements, healing, jewelry, my work, projects, PROTECTION, TECHNIQUES, work-in-progress
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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Tagged Books, bracelets, DIY, elements, INSTRUCTIONS, jewelry, my work, necklaces, projects, TECHNIQUES, tutorials, work-in-progress
As I’ve been searching for the knotter, I have received this tip from Nelson Jewelry & Gemstones (Now, this is an interesting way to advertise! I’ve just visited their website – very interesting: they have beads/stones to buy, and you can also look at and/or buy their jewelry creations for very reasonable prices!)
“I was taught to knot cord using a simiple stir straw made for coffee. Just cut it the length you want, slide it onto the cord, tie your knot around a thick needle, and then slide the needle down to the edge of the straw. Then slide the straw off, add your bead, tie another knot, add the straw and repeat. Works like a charm.”