My new blogger friend at Chrissy’s Creative Creations wrote a post yesterday about her handy new ring mandrels. She got me thinking about my own ring mandrel that, until last night, had only produced one ring in the entire two years that I’ve had it (and that ring was made just for me).
I had already been working on part of today’s jewelry feature, a cute pair of wire-wrapped earrings made with both black-coated and silver-plated artistic wire. I achieved what I am describing as the aluminum foil effect by wrapping a very fine silver wire in a zig-zag formation around the black wire. I also used the fine silver wire to attach a single turquoise ceramic bead to add just a touch of color.
With the earrings done, I thought about Gwenniesmom’s post and said, “Self, why not make a ring to match. So, I brought out my ring mandrel and started wrapping wire and beads until I had a look that I loved.
I think you will be seeing more of these earring and ring sets, because they allow for maximum creativity, but don’t take an excessive amount of time to complete. In fact, I think I’ll make another set tonight. Maybe…
The really funny thing about starting an online jewelry business is that you spend so much time handling the business side of things, you barely have time to make any new designs. Well, thank God it’s Friday, and I can spend this entire three-day weekend making pretty stuff. And, I just found out that the Cincinnati Bengals game is blacked out for us hometown folks. So, I don’t foresee any interruptions to my creative time.
Last weekend, I had a ball making a wire-wrapped Rock Crystal Pendant Necklace. I think it turned out beautifully. So, I’m going to work on some more pendants, because wire wrapping is so much fun and every design is unique.
I used a ring mandrel to form the silver wire links in the beautiful Red Lampwork Glass Pendant Necklace featured today. One of the things I like most about this piece is its strength. The wire-wrapped links make it virtually baby proof! If you happen to be holding one, the little cutie would have to have Bamm-Bamm strength to get it off your neck. And, if he did, you would be way more worried about your neck than the necklace…trust me!
I have a ton of shells that I collected during my trip to Puerto Rico with my sister back in 2008. To date, I’ve only made one necklace out of that stash, and it’s time to make some more. I’m going to see how creative I can be with designing pendants to add to handmade wire links. I can’t wait to show you the results next week!