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Daily Wire Tip April 17: Wire Jewelry Ideas Without Using Gemstones
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
April 17, 2010
Let me first of all thank you for the time you take to answer questions. It Is rarity to have an “expert” willing to help beginners for free. I am a 53 year old nurse looking for something to help unwind in the present day and something to give a source of income in retirement. I figure I have about 12 years to get it right. In the meantime, my gift giving should get a whole lot easier. I have been an avid beader with a passion for vintage and other garage sale “stuff”. I am also interested in marrying polymer clay beading to wire wrapping. I don’t have the income to support gemstones at this time. Any thoughts?
First, many thanks for your appreciation! It sounds like you have a great plan ‘in progress’. Many of my students are in the medical field and find wire jewelry making to be not only a wonderful stress reliever, but also a good creative outlet, as it does not take much space or time. Wire can be used to incorporate about anything, including vintage jewelry and other components, AND beads made of different materials like polymer clay. I enjoy using a wide variety of items in my work, often made by other artist friends such as cabochons made of polymer clay or dichroic glass.
Using glass stones, that come out of old jewelry settings, is a great way to practice setting cut stones, and many of us have found that old resin cabs and cameos sell well too. To begin, my recommendation would be to use a practice wire such as copper and work with some of the patterns and designs already ‘out there’. As your confidence and skills grow, you can then expand into using sterling silver and more expensive supplies, while altering these patterns to accommodate your chosen vintage and ‘found’ goodies.
If you haven’t already signed up to receive our Free Email Patterns, you may wish to take a moment to do by following this link. https://wire-sculpture.com/pages/Jewelry_Making_Patterns2.html On the right hand side, about halfway down is a display box where you can enter your first name and email address. You will then receive a brand new, stepped out pattern about every two weeks, 100% Free!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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