New Tutorial Release – Eye of the Hurricane, wire wrapped pendant – reduced price for a limited time.
If I had to pick one element predominant to Florida, I’d pick hurricanes. Though they can be devastating, their immense power displays incredible beauty with a mesmerizing swirlThe primary project uses a large crystal in a ‘sew-on’ type setting, but since not everyone has access to those; variations are included for using a coin bead or plain round beads. It’s also easily adaptable from a vertical pendant, to a horizontal focal, and even to a focal/clasp on a bracelet
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!! AND 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, 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
All in all, I’m really thrilled with how it turned out!! Look for the issue on newsstands starting Sept 15th!
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.
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.
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.
Flat nose and/or chain nose pliers, round nose pliers.
Wire rounder aka cup bur on a stick, or file to smooth wire ends.
Ruler with millimeters.
Bail pliers, Pin Vise
20 or 21ga square ½ hard wire, standard ear wires
Happy Full Moon Monday 🙂
Just a quick note to let you know there is still a few days left in my SUPER SHINY Sale – 25% off my ENTIRE Etsy ShopMyWiredImagination – ALL Finished jewelry, Tutorials, Jewelry Supplies, Gems and Crystals 25% off – even already discounted tutorial packages 😀 ♥♥♥ Sale ends Thursday, February 28, 2013.♥♥♥
We finally have a winner for the ring posted January 31st, 2013. The correct size is 6 3/4 and the first person to guess correctly was Anna – Please contact me either here or on Facebook with a mailing address so I can get your new sparkly to you.
When I get caught up on my “chores” I will check the folder on Facebook to see which ring has the most “likes and comments” to be the next ring in the game.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you’re notified as soon as I pick the next ring in the game “Guess My Size”.
see ya soon,
PS Sorry you didn’t contact my Anna – Congratulations Pam Sinclair!!
Good Morning my pretties 😀 Well here’s a twist – no one correctly guessed the ring size for the ring posted Jan 23, AND Cindy never contacted me on the ring posted Jan 18 – guess she didn’t subscribe to my blog to get notified 🙁
Soooo – Beverly Hoagland had the next closest guesses (without going over) on both rings, and I decided to let her choose which one she wanted. She chose the Montana and Sterling. Congratulations Beverly!!
That leaves the Vintage Glass Opal and Gold Filled ring. After Beverly, Sarah G had the next closet guess without going over – Congratulations Sarah!! The ring is a size 5 ¼ btw. Contact me here on my blog, or on Facebook with a mailing address so I can get your new ring to you.
On to the next ring 😀
The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Peridot and Tourmaline.
Some of the rings that will end up in this game, may have minor flaws that prevent me from selling them (I am my own worst critic) – this ring however doesn’t have any flaws; I just thought I’d add it to the game. 😀 It is a slight variation on my Marcella Crystal Ring 1 tutorial.
Sooooo – post your guess for the size here in the comments, and the first one to correctly guess will win the ring – FREE. Guesses are only valid here on my blog – 1 guess per person – and if you win a ring, please be fair, and don’t try to win another one for a month. There will be plenty of rings in the future, I promise. 😀
Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post a winner (it may be you) and a new ring.
I am a die-hard Pack Rat – It’s awful – I don’t let go of anything that has the remote possibility of being useful. Note I said ‘pack rat’ not ‘hoarder’ – there’s a difference – garbage is garbage, but there is lots of useful “stuff” in my collection. This is one such piece of “stuff”.
I have been playing around with a micro-torch lately, and needed a flame proof work surface – not good to set your bench on fire. I nearly fell off my chair with kiddyness when I remembered this old kiln in my garage. It was a ‘gift’ almost 30 years ago, and I’ve hung on to it all this time, despite not having any idea how to use it – it has no power cord, but looks like it should have one. I’ve never been able to find any useful info on it despite having the brand name “Nova” and the model and serial number. There are 4 pieces to it; 2 lined cylinders, and the top and bottom which I use to torch on.
The cylinders are still in the garage (I’ll find a use for them sooner or later ;)) and I have a great surface to torch on without setting my bench on fire.
The size for last week’s ring is 7 3/4 – The first person to guess it was Courtney Tucker here on my blog – Congratulations Courtney!!
Simply put… Each Friday I will post a new ring to This Week’s Ring in “Guess My Size”
The first person to correctly guess the size of the current ring posted will win that ring, and I’ll send it to you – FREE.
Every Friday I’ll announce the winner for the week and the next ring in the game. You get 3 guesses per ring – One on the current week’s blog-post if you’re subscribed here on my blog; One on the current ring picture on my Facebook, and a 3rd guess IF you share the current picture or post somewhere on the net and let me know about it in a comment here or on Facebook – the share can be on your own blog or Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook or whatever social media you prefer.
So your vote doesn’t get lost, please only vote on the current blog post, or on the current ring photo on Facebook.
The size for last week’s ring is 9 – The first person to guess it was Sally Bolene Wooten on Facebook – Congratulations Sally!!
Each Friday I will post a new ring to This Week’s Ring in “Guess My Size”
The first person to correctly guess the size of the current ring posted will win that ring, and I’ll send it to you – FREE. Every Friday I’ll announce the winner for the week and the next ring in the game. You get 3 guesses per ring – One on the current week’s blog-post if you’re subscribed here on my blog; One on the current ring picture on my Facebook, and a 3rd guess IF you share the current picture or post somewhere on the net and let me know about it in a comment here or on Facebook – the share can be on your own blog or Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook or whatever social media you prefer.
So your vote doesn’t get lost, please only vote on the current post here, or on the current ring photo on Facebook.