Eye of the Hurricane, Wire Wrapped PendantIf 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 swirl. The 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.
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
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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.
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.
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 .
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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 Shop MyWiredImagination – ALL Finished jewelry, Tutorials, Jewelry Supplies, Gems and Crystals 25% off – even already discounted tutorial packages 😀 ♥♥♥ Sale ends Thursday, February 28, 2013.♥♥♥
Shop happy, and have a great week,
Yes Virginia, we have a Winner! Sorry, am running out of quippy intros for the game 🙂
The winner for the 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Peridot and Tourmaline ring is Lindell Radl0ff, who was the first to correctly guess size 5. Since I already have your mailing address Lindell, your new shiny is all bundled up, and off to the PO tomorrow.
On to the next ring. Time for a Tanzanite 😀
The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Tanzanite. 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 it’d be fun to add to the game. It is a slight variation on my Marcella Crystal Ring 2 tutorial, which btw is on sale right now – just sayn’ 😉
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.
The size for last week’s ring is 9 – The first person to guess it was Sally Bolene Wooten on Facebook – Congratulations Sally!!
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.
“Congratulations! Your design has been selected for the second round of judging in Fire Mountain Gem and Beads 2012 Swarovski Elements Jewelry-Making Contest.”
As soon as I saw the return address I started a little jig in the yard – of course, I quickly stopped, so as not to frighten the neighbors lol.
I am so totally tickled *insert big cheesy grin here*
Last Year was awesome winning a Finalist slot in their 2011 challenge – Here’s crossing my fingers in hopes to do it again ~~~ Wish me luck 😀
Happy New Year everybody!!!
“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
Well It didn’t take long for folks to guess the first ring – Congratulations Bonnie !! – So on to the next one – Please see my earlier post Happy Holidays and Guess My Size for info and entry rules.
I am going to slow things down just a bit though or you’all will guess them faster than I can take pics and add them to the game. Since I started this on a Friday, winners and the next ring will be announced just on Fridays. Oooh how’s this for a title – Freebie Fridays? Works for me lol.
So what have you been up to? Me? I’ve been writing and creating like a crazy person. (Don’t say it – you know I can hear you snicker from here, right?) I just released my newest tutorial – Back to the Beginning – Beginner Bangle Bracelet. I’ve spent a year writing this one, on and off – re-writing it – editing it….. It’s been a labor of love and a nightmare at the same time.
This tutorial was written for the absolute beginning wire worker. It’s a simplified version of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial, but by no means a lesser pattern. This bracelet pattern has evolved over the course of many years teaching students how to wire wrap for the very first time, and has paved the way for my Crystal Hoop Earrings, the Marcella Ring, and many more designs. At the back of the tutorial is tons of information on tools (with photos), wire, suppliers, and all the basic information to get you started. Almost as good as having me right there with you!
In between writing, I have taken small breaks to answer ideas that pop into my head – The Fancy Swarovski Crystal Bracelet – the Double Marcella Crystal Ring, and the Clasp Ring for arthritis sufferers – and tons of Fanciful Flowers you haven’t seen yet….. tease 🙂
So I guess enough chattin’ up for one day, and time for me to get back to work – Next up in tutorials…… Fanciful Flowers Earrings and more 🙂
Thanks for stopping by – See you next time – Don’t forget to Wrap Happy,
Many of you know I spend a good portion of my time in my local bead store. Being the resident wire junkie, has its perks, it also has its challenges. One of the challenges is, that I constantly get requests to create or re-create a manufactured finding. The request usually goes something like this….. “I really love blank, but it’s not blank enough. Can you make it for me bigger, bolder, smaller, in silver, in gold, fancier, simpler, blank. blank, or blank.”
That’s how the Faux Bow Angel came about – they needed bigger angel wings than are commercially available. So to make a long story short… here’s how to make wire “Angel Wings”. You could really make them any size you like, but for this we’re going to make them big – for a pendant size angel.
Materials needed for wings approximately 1 1/2 by 3/4 inches – 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.5cm) 18ga Artistic wire – I like the Non-Tarnish Silver – but you can use any color you like. You can also use copper, sterling, fine silver or gold filled wire, (soft is better.)
Materials for a finished Angel : 1 lg briolette – at least 10 x 20mm drilled top to bottom; 1 bead cone in proportion to the briolette; 1-10mm round bead; 1 4 inch head pin; 1 or 2 6 to 8mm crystal rondell
Tools: flush cutters; chain nose pliers; round nose pliers; extra large round nose ( approx 15mm dia. or larger)
Now if you paid attention to the title, you might recognize the “Faux Bow” – the angels wings are loosely based on that free tutorial. If you don’t already have a copy – head over to my “Free Tutorials” page to download a copy.
After cutting your piece of wire, straighten it out with your fingers and use round nose pliers to form a small coil at the center.
Hold the wire so the coil hole is straight up and down – not facing you. Place your extra large round nose pliers on the wire to the right of the coil, roughly 1/2 inch from the coil as shown.
Bring the right wire over the pliers, forming a teardrop. The wire should cross behind the coil.
Your wings should look something like these at this point.
Hold the left ‘wing’ and the wire just under it (the right wire you angled to the left) tightly so they don’t move. If you don’t have the finger strength, use a pair of wide nylon jaw pliers. If you let the wires slip on this next part, your wings will shrink and be uneven.
Use the wire angled to the right, to wrap tightly around the right wing one time. Leave the wire facing down.
Turn the wings around, so you can get a good grip on the other wing. Bring the free end of the wire towards you, around the wing, and ending in the same direction it was in to start.
I curled the ends of the wires the same as in the Faux Bow, but you could just cut them short, and tuck them in towards the Angel.
Put your Angel together by threading the headpin from the bottom in this order – briolette, bead cone, crystal rondell, wings, round bead, and another rondell for her halo.
Form a double loop at the top for a bail, and you’re all set – maybe. 🙂
To give the wings a little more “wingly” shape – At the middle of the outside of the wing, use flat nose pliers – grip the wire, and turn it in towards the center just a bit.
I hope you enjoyed a quick peek at Faux Bow Angel Wings. Look for the full tutorial on the Free Tutorials page soon.
So today was a really cool day. I made a trip to my PO box, expecting the regular bills and various sales trash that still plague the earth – and was very pleasantly surprised to find 2 letters from the Library of Congress. You see, almost 8 months ago, I started submitting my jewelry tutorials to the US Copyright Office for registration. At first, I checked my PO at least once a week, sometimes 2 or 3 times, looking for these prized letters. Silly me thought it would only be a matter of a couple weeks, and all my registrations would be sent. Nope, sorry – it’s not quite that easy. Well the registration part is – it’s the “wait for them to be researched, registered and returned” that’s the hard part, especially when patience isn’t your strong-suit.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking – “My tutorials are copyrighted as soon as I create them”, and/or “I put a notice at the end, that says they are my copyrighted works, so I don’t have to register”. Well you’re sort of right. Yes, you have a copyright on your work, as soon as it’s created and/or published; yes your notice at the end, does emphasize that fact a bit more. But, NO, you are not fully protected. It’s still incredibly easy for some nit to come along, and try and say, “no, that’s my work”, and without a Certificate of Registration, you’re a bit hard-pressed to defend against it. Now that same nit can still whine after you get your certificate, but then it is the nit who will be hard-pressed to get anywhere. The other major point, is if you need to file suit against someone for violating your rights, you HAVE TO have that registration before you can take them to court.
No, I’m not planning on taking anyone to court, but I, like every other artist out there, needed to protect myself against the whining nits. The copyright Office takes the time they do, because they do a thorough and exhaustive search, to see if your submission is already out there, and belonging to anyone else. When they send you your certificate, they don’t do it lightly. It’s basically the US Copyright Office standing on your side, saying, “Absolutely, Yes that’s your work”! One extra perk – Your work is also submitted to the Library of Congress as a permanent record! How cool is that?
Now you’d like a little help doing the same for your own tutorials? Well, I’m not an expert, but after 14 submissions, I’m on my way – so here’s some pointers and info to help you through it.
First you need to visit http://www.copyright.gov/ . There are tons of links and tutorials to answer just about any question you could ever have on copyrights. Then click on the eCO login
, read the privacy and security notice, then click on the link for new users towards the lower left side of the page under the login space. Be as complete as possible when you fill in your personal information. it will come in very handy later when you actually start a submission (registering a claim). The submission process has a great feature called “add me” wherever applicable, that inputs all your relevant personal information for you so you are not constantly retyping info.
The biggest hurdle is deciding what type of work you are submitting. For 99% of you, that will be a “Literary Work” in the drop down menu for type. Later in the submission you will have the opportunity to input exactly what all you think is included, ie photos, text, art, instruction, etc. There is a tutorial available at every step of the process if you get hung up. You can save the submission at any point, and come back to it later – very handy. You can work on your submissions as long as you like, there are no time limits set, when you start. It’s only when you send them money, and submit the tutorial does any of it become carved in stone, so take all the time you need.
I found it very handy to fill in every submission, all the way to the payment stage, and then “save for later”. Then whenever I was ready to pay for one, I just clicked on “working cases” in my profile, did one last quick check, and clicked “add to cart”. It’s only $35.00 per submission, and you can upload a pdf (make sure it is secured), directly after payment. You can send the tutorial by snail mail, but you can’t do both. If you send your pdf file, make sure you disable your pop-up blocker for this site first.
It doesn’t take long at all to get the hang of it. You have “working cases” – claims that are started but not paid for; “open cases” – claims that are paid for and submitted, but haven’t been registered by the CO yet; and “closed cases”. Those that have been registered and you have been sent certificates for. You can review any “case” at any time from your personal page after login, and your closed cases from the “my applications” link, also on your personal page.
I hope you take the time to at visit the US copyright Office website. The information is priceless. Other valuable information on the subject can also be found at http://www.sarahfeingold.com/
Comments and questions are always welcome – I’m not a lawyer, but I’ll try to answer you as best I can. If you get really hung-up, and you truly think you need a lawyer, make sure they are fluent in “Copyright Law”, not just patents, and trademarks – different animals all together.
Thanks for listening….