Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Oh, how silver works versus the use of copper enamel wire

Oh, I had made a beautiful bracelet the other day, and I listed it on Etsy. I loved the look of the final design, and it really had class. So, with my new Sterling Silver in hand, I wanted to make a treasured piece that would be just as classy.

Sterling Silver, is not as easy as my parawire. As a matter of fact, it is a bear. And it hurts. It takes twice as long to weave. It still doesn't break, thank goodness, but it's not as user friendly. Then it has to be oxidized, polished, tumbled and polished again. But ohhh, the results are stunning....take a peak.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Something of Silver

I finally did it. I purchased Sterling Silver, and did a pin. And it turned out pretty, real pretty. Another struggle, get over the fact that I can design with something that is valuable. Something that costs more than 5 dollars. Make something that will stay out there longer than I will. So here it is, a beautiful pin, sculpted by hand, woven with wire, something, someday, someone will ask...I wonder who made this...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Inspiration Comes From a Variety of Sources

I haven't had the time or pleasure to post lately, to which I apologize. Here's some of the latest work, an inspired design from the movie, The Lord of the Rings. I loved the pin that Gandalf was wearing, made of silver. I haven't been blessed with having silver, but I did have in my stash, lovely leaves of filigree. The hard part, how to set them. It took all evening, but I finally wove a backing and sewed the leaves on. I had to give up control of how many leaves to use, just make it beautiful. And it really did.