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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

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