Friday, December 4, 2015

I Get It!

So...a couple weeks ago, I took a little stroll around the craft fair I was participating in (which turned out to be a great event...thanks so much for everyone's well wishes!)....

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! 


5 comments:

  1. I am a complete wire failure. Although honestly I haven't done much in that medium. One of my best friends is extremely talented in that area so I defer to her skills!

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  2. LOVE these little rings! I've never tried to make a ring ... going to have look that tutorial up!

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  3. Your rings are SO CUTE! Seems like you take to wire very well, and I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with it.

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  4. Hi Amy,
    You did a great job on the rings they are all so pretty. Now you need to graduate to cabochon wrapping.
    Therese

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  5. I love your pattern for the moon and stars on the Bead-It-Forward site. I wondered what colors you had used with it? I want to make it to send in this year and was having a hard time deciding on what colors to use. I would appreciate any input. I am currently working on my second square.

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