Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Look Ma, No Hands... err... Training Wheels

I almost titled this graduation, but I could not get graduated beads out of my mind.  This is my first wire weave without a tutorial.
Sea Dragon wireweave - my first creation

Nicole Hanna has been a great teacher.  I know I have mentioned that fact at least a dozen times; I am truly grateful.  All boo-boos are my own.  Despite the title, I did just purchase a few more tutorials from her.  She really is that good.
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Last month I posted a mermaid necklace.  I picked up the resin sea dragon bead at the same time.  I am not sure I am going to keep this pendant.  Here is a picture of the part I snipped off that was not working.

You can see that the "copper" wire I bought at a local craft store labeled copper is merely copper plated.  *Shakes head, rolls eyes*  Honestly, copper is not that expensive.  It had to be more costly to create plated wire.  I have learned my lesson.  My future wire purchases will come from monsterslayer.com  Not only is the price right, but copper means copper.  Plus I can get 28 gauge copper wire.

Sea Dragon back




Want to see the back?  I always do.  I think it turned out well.  That is, the wires are all neatly tucked away.
















One more picture.
Sea Dragon again

10 comments:

  1. extremely impressive! I am a total newbie trying my hand at wire weaving as well ....and well, I've stabbed, poke and bleed quite a few times in this endeavor. But I am enjoying it. And I do love the look! and I hear you on the copper! whatsup with that? but your piece is gorgeous - LOVE the copper with the ivory/resin. stunning

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    1. Thank you so very much. This has been a great learning process. It was not that long ago that I was a total newbie as well. Again, Nicole Hanna's tutorials have been a great learning tool. She also has posted some videos on You Tube under the title "Go Art Yourself." Hope to see your progress soon.

      As for your hands- I do think that working with wire is harder on my fingers than working with a needle and thread. Though I was more likely to stab myself with a needle than with a wire.

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  2. Very Cool!!! The depth and dimensions work so well with the Sea Dragon bead. You have really taken to the wire so well. More more!!!

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    1. Thank you Christine. I have really enjoyed learning this new technique. I do think lots of years weaving seed beads gave me a head start on the necessary manual dexterity.

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  3. I remember the first beadwoven bracelet I did without a tutorial, so I know how exciting this piece was for you! I hope you keep designing because your pendant is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Karin. I really have enjoyed this process so far and it gives me the opportunity to add something a bit different to my bead woven works. I started weaving wire because I wanted pretty clasps and did not always want to be on the look-out for new clasps, and of course never having the right one. It has become so much more.

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    1. Thank you Lynsey. It was fun to create.

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  5. Wow, how did I miss this? This is extraordinary. You DO have a good teacher, but you are a good student too. Bravo!!!

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    1. It has been so much fun working with wire. I just started a silversmithing class. Both endeavors because I want to create my own findings.

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