I came across another bead jeweler who had baskets and baskets full of wire wrapped rings. She was selling them for anywhere between $9-$13 each. Wire is not really 'my thing', but seeing her display piqued my interest because she had a LOT of them. And really they were quite charming. And inexpensive!
When I got home I looked up "wire wrapped rings"...something I wouldn't normally do because like I said...wire's not my thing. HOWEVER, I came across many very short videos talking about how simple the process is!
Well, I promptly logged onto Amazon and ordered some craft wire in gold and silver, and a mandrel. The wire came on Wednesday but the mandrel was delayed. Of course by this time I'd been obsessively watching videos on wire wrapping so I threw caution to the wind and got started....using a taper candle! Haha!
But it wasn't so bad! I had a couple fails, and a couple successes, and my resulting rings were rather waxy...but here were my first two....
And then my mandrel came few days later and frankly, I had a hard time quitting!
These are just too fun and satisfying to make!! Yeesh! Today I stepped up my game and picked up a bur cup and some nylon pliers.
I still need to perfect my technique...
But I can definitely see more wire wrapping in my future. Now I finally get it! I get why people enjoy this medium so much!
Finally in the Bead-it-Forward world, there is lots happening. I was inspired by a raffle we are holding at one of my restaurants and decided to hold an online raffle for Bead-it-Forward. The auction is slow going, and I'd love to make a nice donation to The Healing Garden by the end of the year. Tickets are only a dollar (less if you buy in bulk!), and you have a chance to win one of five gorgeous Bead-it-Forward quilts! Click here to see the quilts available to win and to buy tickets if you would like!
And there are some pretty lovely items in the auction page too! Click here to check it out!
Happy Friday everyone!