Author Archives: BobbiWired

About BobbiWired

This is the part where I tell you all about myself - Not exactly my strong suit, but I’ll give it a bash :) I’ll try not to ramble on, but if I do, feel free to kick me under the table. I have been making jewelry in one form or another for nearly 30 years, though I have been art and craft ori ented my entire life. When I was in high school I wanted to be an ‘artist’ as my chosen profession. My Mother talked me out of it, afraid that I would starve to death, or be this weird chick living in a hippie commune somewhere selling crafts at fairs or something. So I did what dutiful daughters did, went to school for ‘business’ and ‘trade’ skills. I have minor degrees in accounting, law, the ever-popular ‘business math’ and computers. I’ve had jobs as a bartender, silk screen printer, auto-parts delivery, inventory control specialist (counting other peoples inventory really, really fast), and my last “real job”, customer service for public transportation - for nearly 20 years…. And hated them all - well, not really ‘hate’, but I certainly didn’t love them either. They were jobs - necessary evils to pay the bills and support myself. Fast forward to 2007 - Through a series of unfortunate events (no, not the movie), I lost my job at the bus company, and opened my shop here on Etsy. At first it was out of sheer necessity - I thought it would just be temporary, supplemental income until I could find another ‘real job’. No one was more surprised than me, when I actually starting selling. It’s taken a lot of work, more hours than I ever put into any other job. I do everything from jewelry design and creation, hunting down unique supplies to offer, writing tutorials, packaging, shipping, advertising, photography, accounting (I guess that did come in handy after all). But I love it! I love seeing my work go all over the world; I love when people write me to tell me how much they loved what I made. I love creating new shinys, and have people say, “oh I want that!” I love the friends I’ve made through Etsy. I love being able to work at home, and in between shop stuff, foster and take care of kitties. I love all of it. I get a little annoyed now, at family and friends when they don’t think I have a ‘real job’ - just a little. Job really isn’t the right word though. - Not sure what the right word is, all I know is I’m very blessed to finally be making a living at something I really, really love! Thank you for reading all the way to the end and not kicking me under the table ;) If you have any questions at all - just click the contact button on my shop home page and ask - Exception: No, I don’t know why Klingons look so different in the new Star Trek Discovery. 🖖 Bobbi www.My-Wired-Imagination.com www.MyWiredImagination.Etsy.com ~~~We all die. "The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. ~Chuck Palahniuk

End of Summer Sale

 

End of Summer Sale!

20% to 30% off Select Finished Jewelry, Tutorials & Tutorial Bundles, Gems, and Crystals in Settings.

Just a Small Sampling of the goodies on Sale

AAA Amethyst & Blue Zircon RingFanciful Flowers Earring Tutorial

Genuine Swarovski Crystal Blue LagoonOne of a Kind Alexandrite Filigree Ring

 

Check out all the Sparklies On Sale Here

 

 

Super Summer Flash Sale


Super Summer Flash Sale Only on https://My-Wired-Imagination.com

For a limited time ONLY $75.00
Learn How to Wire Wrap Rings, Pendants, Bracelets, and Earrings, plus Tons of Tips, Tricks and Techniques.

ALL 27 of my Jewelry Tutorials – more than 48 patterns and/or variations total – enough to satisfy even the most hardcore jewelry junkie. 🙂


Full price for all these tutorials purchased separately is $238.50.

 

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Vintage Lavender Button Montees – FREE

For a Limited time! While they last! 5 FREE Vintage Lavender Opal Rose Montees (just pay shipping). These vintage montees are incredibly rare and hard to find! Tutorial automatically sent to your email address – Montees will ship in 1-2 business days – in some cases (depending on when you order) same day shipping 

Free with either the single Montee Clasped Ring Tutorial or the 3 Full Variations Discount Package.

 

 

Eye of the Hurricane Wire Wrapped Pendant, NEW Tutorial Release

New Tutorial Release – Eye of the Hurricane, Wire Wrapped Pendant

Eye of the Hurricane, Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial

Congrats April and Oliver!!! It’s A BOY! 👏

Yes! I admit it – I’ve been (and still am) an ‘April Watch’ addict, much to the dismay of my family friends, and part-time work. My iPad has been on the  Animal Adventure Park live feed 24/7 since they started the live feed back in February.

One women on FB summed up my exact situation when she commented on how much her family was sick of her crying ‘wolf’ every time April raised her tail, and she had now announced the birth of well over 100 poos. LOL

April the Giraffe went into full blown labor early this morning (approx. 7:07am EST 4/15/2017), and along with millions of other Giraffeaholics watched the amazing birth of their new baby boy – though I just now got the text from the park announcing the gender. Yes, I signed up for the text messaging 😉 After all this time watching, I wasn’t about to miss it.

I’ve included Animal Adventure Park’s live video of the event, just in-case you missed it 😉 If you’d rather just skip to the good bits, fast forward to about 27:00 minutes into the video.

If you’d like to see all the wonderful photos and videos – including Baby’s first stand (yes I cheered that on too – along with my own sound effects) you can find them on Animal Adventure Park’s Facebook page.

Someone else wrote (on FB) that she thought after the baby was born, she’d go back to her normal life, but no, she’s still glued to watching the live feed. She said “I think I need an intervention”. Maybe I do to….. nah, I can work AND watch the feed too. It was/is a once in a lifetime experience, that’s not likely to happen again anytime soon.

Back to creating sparklies – see you again soon!

Bobbi

Wire Wrapped Princess Kate Engagement Ring

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I’m so very thrilled and blessed to have my wire wrapped version of the Princess Diana/ Princess Kate Engagement Ring featured in the October/November 2016 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry Magazine!! Denise Peck introAND it made the cover too – woo hoo!! Denise Peck, chief editor for the magazine, also wrote a truly lovely intro for it.

There are a few ‘typos’ in the issue, that will be corrected in the digital version,wire wrapped princess Kate ring but sadly it’s too expensive to correct and reprint the newsstand version. One of the most important ‘boo boos’ (aside from spelling my name wrong on the cover) is they listed my Etsy shop, MyWiredImagination.ety.com as having the wire for the project – um…. no!  The resources should’ve read: Wire and Tools from RioGrande.com , Crystals and settings from MyWiredImagination.Etsy.com, and crystal beads from EurekaCrystalBeads.com

 

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All in all, I’m really thrilled with how it turned out!! Look for the issue on newsstands starting Sept 15th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trunk Show – Swarovski Crystals and Settings

MyWiredImagination

 

Join me Friday, February 26, 2016 10am to 5pm, for an in-person
crystal sew-on ‘trunk show’ at Crystals, Bangles and
Beads – 425 Corey Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Free demos and help, adding yummy crystals in settings to your jewelry designs. Plus….. a new earring design you’ll see only at CB&B

Hope to see you there ~Bobbi

 

 

Shop Early for Christmas!

Now through November 30, 2015 enter coupon code ShopEarlyChristmas15 and receive 15% off your total order!!!
Shop Happy :))♥♥♥
(Total before shipping, $50.00 minimum purchase)

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope to see ya again soon 🙂
Bobbi

LAST Week – Super Sizzling Summer Sale on Craftsy

LAST Week for my summer sale!!! Sale ends Aug 31, 2015 midnight est

ALL Patterns including already discounted packages 50% off !!!

BobbiWired Craftsy Pattern Store

Learn How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

Alexandrite and Sterling Siver

Anybody that knows me even a little, knows how much I adore making rings – Check out this post by Gayle Bird on Craftsy’s Jewelry Making Blog. Learn How To Make Wire-Wrapped Rings has fabulous tips for anyone interested in learning how to make wire-wrapped rings.

 

thanks for stopping by!

Hope to see you again soon!!

Bobbi

 

 

How To Make Gemstone Rings: 8 Tutorials

Marcella Crystal Wire Wrap Ring 1
Peacock Mystic Blue Topaz in 14k GF

At some point or another, every jewelry maker considers making a gemstone ring. These tutorials will help turn that idea into a reality.

Check out my post on Craftsy’s Jewelry Blog for 8 great tutorials to make gemstone rings.

Happy creating!

Bobbi

 

Featured in Step by Step Wire Jewelry Feb-March 2014

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My Fanciful Flowers Earrings pattern is featured in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry – WooHoo 🙂 I’ve actually known for some time, but it didn’t seem real until I saw the actual magazine for myself.SBSWJ1

I am thrilled and honored to be included among the talented artists and designs chosen for this issue. If you don’t have a subscription to this wonderful magazine (you really should), check your local bead store, Barnes and Noble bookstore, or JoAnn Fabrics.

You can also purchase the single issue directly from Interweave.com .

Double Fanciful FlowersYou can find the extended version of Fanciful Flowers, finished earrings, and much more in my Etsy shop  – MyWiredImagination

Thank you for stopping by! See ya again soon!

wrap happy,

Bobbi

 

Easy Peasy Post-Stud Earrings – New Tutorial Release

lt turquoise cover  This step by step tutorial will teach you how to make super simple, super cute post-stud earrings with endless design possibilities.

There is 15 pages with 74 full color, clear, crisp detailed photographs, which can be enlarged to more than 500% without any loss of detail or clarity, and 26 steps covering 3 variations, for both the visual and instructional learner. Almost as good as having me sitting right there with you. Measurements are given in both inches and metric.
Sapphire Rivolis
This is a mid-level beginner tutorial – You should at least be familiar with basic jewelry tools, terminology, and simple skills such as creating a basic loop. Direct hyper links for tools and materials are provided.

Materials suggested for one basic pair of earrings (additional materials listed later in this tutorial):
One pair crystals or gems in OPEN BACK sew on settings aka Montees – size and shape is your choice.  Crystals in Settings
20ga round wire, half hard.
One pair earring backs, aka ear nuts or butterfly backs.

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Flat nose and/or chain nose pliers, round nose pliers.
Flush cutters.
Wire rounder aka cup bur on a stick, or file to smooth wire ends.
Ruler with millimeters.
Optional:
Bail pliers, Pin Vise
20 or 21ga square ½ hard wire, standard ear wires

Tutorial available on Etsy and on Craftsy

Thanks for stopping by – see ya soon….

wrap happy,

Bobbi

 

My Very Favorite Design Featured by Fire Mountain Gems