Jewelry

When the Show Melts, You Find Butterflies

My very dear friend Corra gave me an advanced copy of her wonderful new holiday tutorial – SnowFlakes Wired Chinese Knot Earrings. I had ( along with many others), pestered her so much about it, she stayed up all night one night to do it. It is based on her Cubic Knot Earrings tutorial, which was great by itself, and these are even more fun.
I went to town when I got it, and by accident, created my own variation….. After the first butterfly was born, I was thoroughly addicted. I’ve tried not to get carried away, but they keep evolving, and I love playing with different color combination’s. The purple one is my favorite (so far), and the blue one is on it’s way to Germany as a gift to a customer. If you’re as fascinated by this design as I am, please visit Corra’s shop at Etsy, or her blog DecorsHandmades. She has 9 delicious Wired Knots Tutorials, and 5 mini-tutorials available. Fall in love with all of them and she has 3 different tutorial packages to satisfy your need for knots.

Thanks for stopping by – stop back again soon……………….
~Bobbi
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams

YIPPEE – Its Finally Finished – Tutorial – Prong Pendant – Slider Style

This one was a real struggle – My camera died part way through –

Sooooo I had to bite the bullet, and get a new camera OUCH 🙁 and then re-do the images (and the tutorial pendant) several times to complete the tutorial.

I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

 

This tutorial teaches the techniques to wire wrap a slider style pendant, with a prong setting. It can be altered to set either a cab, or faceted stone. Modifying the gauge of wire and number of prongs, it can be used to set almost any size and shape of stone.

You can find this and my other tutorials in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy.

Thanks for taking a peek….

~Bobbi

“It is better to fail at originality, than to succeed at imitation.” Herman Melville

 

 

 

The Eyes Have it

I guess with Halloween coming, I shouldn’t be so surprised that these have regained some popularity. They’re one of the more unusual ‘stones’ I get requested to wrap. They’re fun and creepy at the same time. Recently I’ve been asked to do 4 pendants, 2 rings, and if I can find a matched set, a pair of earrings……Not all by the same person of course….



The first request was for this blue ‘taxidermist eye’ in Sterling Silver…..

Am I the only one who thinks buying ‘human styled’ eyes from a Taxidermist, just a little disturbing? Oh well no matter – I’m sure they’re meant strictly for crafts, and hobbies….yeah…moving on…..

Shortly after that came a request for a wire wrapped pendant in 14k GF using one the few remaining real “Prosthetic Eyes” I have left.

Now before you become totally grossed out, they have never been ‘used’ – they come to me as ‘rejects’ – wrong color – wrong size – that sort of thing. When I get them, they are still ’round’, and have to be carefully cut down to cab shape…… Sad to say, even after hours of scouring the internet for another supplier, the only ones I have seen, are a few outrageously priced ones on $bay….. The few I have left in my shop, I’m afraid are “it”.

The remaining custom requests (so far), are oddly enough, going to be Christmas gifts for a friends Daughter, in the dark ‘alligator’ taxidermist eyes. I would love to be a fly on the wall, when those gifts are opened…….

Thanks for taking a peek – ooops no pun intended…………

Please visit my Etsy Shop if you’re interested in a truly ‘unique’ gift of your own…………

~Bobbi



Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. Helen Keller

Why I Do What I Do…..Showing Off Some Gifted Artists/Students

This post has been a long time in the making – mostly because of what had become a very hectic schedule for a time – but now that things have calmed down a bit, I thought I’d share some work of some very talented artists, who have chosen to take a bash at some of my designs….. After all the hard work that goes into writing, photographing and publishing a tutorial, nothing is more gratifying and flattering than to get photos from fellow artists, who have chosen my designs to create with…… It is why I do what I do and makes all the hard work well worth it….

Kelley from Silvery Ever After… chose my Swarvoski Crystal Bangle Tutorial – and did a wonderful variation in Sterling Silver, and a great blue-green-champagne color combination……
I love her color choices, and in Sterling, she created a stunning bracelet.

She modified the clasp a bit to better suit her needs, and all in all did a wonderful job.

She recently purchased my Fancy Band Prong Ring Tutorial, and I can’t wait to see where she takes it to.

My dear friend Marika, chose my Antique Style All Wire Earrings Tutorial, and created a wonderfully vintage looking pair of earrings in Sterling Silver…..

Marika’s wire wrapping skills are growing in leaps and bounds, and she has lots of wonderful pieces in her store on Dawanda.

Then there’s Karlene who fell in love with my
Fancy Band Prong Ring Tutorial. After her first ring, she went to town, and tried her hand at a double stone ring similar to one shown in my tutorial.
I think she did a wonderful job….
You can visit Karlene at Celtic Gardens Creations.

.And lastly, but certainly not least is Shi . She also fell in love with my Fancy Band Ring Tutorial, and fell hard :)….
This is the first one that she did and featured on her blog.
I can tell you , there is never any better compliments, than when a fellow artist falls in love with your design, and creates such beautiful pieces. You can visit Shi at her Etsy Store ShiJewels , for these and other fabulous goodies.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these wonderful creations from some of my fellow artists, as much as I have enjoyed sharing them…..
If you’re interested in learning and creating your own versions of my designs, please visit my shop on Etsy. – I’ve recently added new patterns in the Complete Kit/Tutorial section.

Thanks for visiting………………..~Bobbi
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea – Bhuddha

 

 

 

My 3rd Tutorial – YEA :)

Fancy Band is an advanced level project, although the instructions are very clear and thorough, and I’ve had many, many beginner to intermediate students successfully complete this project. It is 15 pages, with 43 clear crisp photos, and a total file size of 963KB.

This tutorial teaches you step by step, the techniques used to create this design, some of which were inspired by Dianne Karg Baron and Mr Jorgen Greftegraff. It is wonderful design to create an elegant lasting piece of jewelry.

I do suggest you have at least the basic skills and familiarity with wire wrapping before attempting this ring. If you’d like to build your skill set first, please see my other listings for beginner and intermediate level tutorials.
Please visit My Shop for this and other tutorials, and for complete kits that are also available for this –
Thank you for stopping by – see ya soon………………
~Bobbi
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. – Albert Einstein

Swarovski Crystal Bracelet Tutorial

I’m very proud to finally offer this tutorial – it’s been a long time coming, and alot of hard work. I’ve taught wire wrapping in person for many years, but writing instructions for someone I will not be teaching in person, has been to say the least challenging. My style of writing is not as ‘formal’ as some, but after much consideration and countless re-writes, I realised I needed to stay with what I know best. This tutorial is written as if I were teaching you in person, as much as possible – since I’ve taught this in person, I know the pitfalls you’re most likely to face, and do my best to head them off -The bracelet in this tutorial is my personal favorite. It was inspired partly by my birds, my Rainbow Lories ~ Murphy, Gabby, Pluck & Feather, in particular. Everyone that I’ve taught this to, and who has made one, interprets the colors in their own way ~ as it should be.

Other beads can be used for this, in an infinite number of combinations however, square beads are easier to manage in the beginning. The techniques I’ve developed, and teach in this tutorial, create a stable ‘tough’ little bangle; and unlike some other ‘versions’ of this style, the means to create a bangle at near perfect to perfect length. After we have completed the basic style, I will walk you through an additional (really cool) variation, plus some other design ideas.Materials to create a basic 7 -7 1/2″ bracelet: I prefer GF wire, but you’re welcome to use sterling or even copper – ½ hard or dead soft. Q=the best to use? A=Use what you have.• 48″ 20g square wire • 9″ 22g wire (square or round)• 32″ 16-20g ½ round wire (I prefer the heavier gauges in ½ round wire, and ½ hard for this project – it forms crisper wraps)• Minimum 12 6mm cube crystals• Optional : 2, 4mm Bali spacers per crystal, if you don’t use spacers, you will need to increase the number of crystals needed, by 2 or 3; 1 extra cube as a ‘little helper’.

Tools: wire cutters, ruler, flat-nose pliers, round nose pliers, large round dowel or something similar for forming – optional: tape, Sharpie marker, cleaning cloth.
This is a PDF file – To view this tutorial you will need a free copy of Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here:http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html, however most computers with basic programming are already capable of reading a pdf file.

This tutorial, and others can be purchased from My Shop at Etsy. Thank you for stopping by – please visit again………………………………….
~Bobbi

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. –Bhuddha

Makes Ya Wanna Go Hmmmmmmm…….

Not to long ago, on my favorite message board ‘Evolutions In Stone’ , Blarneystone (Dan), wrote a post called “Heart Breakers – Cabagons”, in which he shared numerous photos of some real heartbreaking cabbing mishaps……getting caught on the wheel and slung across the room – chipped at the last minute – dropped on the floor during final polishing – you get the idea – boo boos, that make you cry arrrgh….. One that really made him sniffle was a favorite that ‘came apart at the seams’ Forest Fire Jasper – For some reason the stone really attracted me even in such pitiful shape – So, as bold and brassy as I can be (sometimes), – keep in my I’ve only been on EIS since the end of January this year – posted that if he still had the stone – hadn’t chucked it in the garbage, or out a window – and could put a shine on it, to send it me and “let me try and wrap it so it looks like you meant to do that”. pretty gutsy huh? I kinda had an idea in my head, but not a fully formed one, and after Dan went to a lot of trouble to glue the stone together to polish it, then get it apart, and send it to me, I started to waver in my resolve a bit. …….It had been sitting in front of me for over 3 weeks, until today when I finally decided to jump in and take a bash…..It’s not exactly what I had in my head but it I think it turned out kinda cool anyway….. You’ll have to let me know what you think…..

The whole piece is wire wrapped in 14K GF wire, including the “seam” in the stone – not an easy trick, but it worked pretty well – I have been working on forming the “seam”wire on and off since I got the stone in the mail. I think the effect I was going for would have looked better, had the seam been zig-zagged, but the break wasn’t planned, sooooo….. I also did the gold bezel around the stone, so it would look more ‘finished’ when I set it.

It’s going in the mail tomorrow, back to Dan – I only wanted to wrap it, not keep it. He sent along a few other cabs he had cut – said he couldn’t send along one sad little broken stone – I hope he thinks my work makes us even. I will have to get a piece of this for my own ‘collection’, the stone really is pretty.

Thanks for stopping by – tell me what ya think 🙂 …………………~Bobbi

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. – Bhuddha

A Little bit of Shameless Self Promotion, and……

I’ve been really busy lately ~ Through the urging and support of my really sweet friend Corra, I’ve started writing tutorials for some of my more popular pieces, and for some really vintage designs, that I dug up out of my ‘stash’ of old prototypes. I love teaching wire wrapping, and don’t get the opportunity to do so in person, as often as I’d like. Writing tutorials is the next best thing! You see my hands are badly damaged from both types of Arthritis, a car accident that sent my head through the windshield and my hands INTO the dash, and a ‘walking’ accident with my 155lb, African Mastiff, Suie (she accidentally fractured ALL the knuckles on my right hand). At some point my hands will stop working correctly; as it is gripping pliers is very painful ~ the Dr’s solution to this is to replace 5 knuckles in my left hand, and 9 knuckles in my right hand, but while that would end the pain, it would effectively end any wire work as well; I’d really like to share what I think are some great wire wrapping designs, and ideas before that happens.

My first tutorial listed is for a great pair of earrings, with a kind of ‘antique’, ‘vintage’ flair to them. I can’t wait to see what folks do with it –

In the tutorial I suggest using Sterling silver, and oxidizing them.

I made several other suggestions for variations, and am anxious to see the results.

Once I start getting some photos back, I will post them here

Please visit my Etsy Shop for this and upcoming tutorials – and there are always pretty goodies being added…

Now for a bit of the “and…….” part I mentioned in the title ~ My dear friend Corra, updated the photos for some of her tutorials,

and they are spectacular~

I tease her about sending all my pieces to her to photograph, but her being in Malaysia, and me being in US, kinda presents a problem :), although she did suggest I was welcome to visit :).

Thank you for visiting ~ please come back anytime.

~Bobbi

Persistence is the hard work that you do after you are tired of doing the hard work you already did .
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe