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I've said it before, but I mean it this time (again)!

August 2nd, 2013 at 08:16 am

One time an art friend of mine remarked, "Every artist looks at their work from 3 months ago and says - that is crap!". Ha! that feeling has happened to me too often in the years I have been making jewelry. Then it seems about once a year or so I reach a peak in workmanship and/or design and it occurs to me that I must be at the BEST I'll ever get. How could it get any better?

Well, I have to say it again. I think I've hit the high point in what I can make!! This summer I taught myself a technique I've adored and admired. I'm not expert yet but there just isn't anything beyond this, short of full blown metalsmithing and I don't plan to go that route.

Fancy Wire Weave

The first step is doing the weave itself. Wire weave can be any of many patterns; it can be with 2 or 3 (or more) base wires and it can be done with a different number of wraps on each base wire. It is fairly easy to try different ideas with weaves.

Bending the weaves into amazing shapes is the second step of the process. Again, the ideas are limitless.

Here is a 2 wire fancy earring I designed this week.

Gold Wire Weave Earrings
(top to bottom: front, reverse)




The above are not going to be duplicated because it is too hard to make an exact match in earrings. However, I have plans for a small design change that will allow for making easier matches and therefore additional pairs.

Here are some other wire weave designs just to give you an idea of the wide variety out there:

Lapis Pendant in Sterling and Copper



Hematite and Quartz Spiral Weave



This designer has some other mesmerizing spiral weaves at very affordable prices and can be found at XntricCreations

Come back soon for more pretty things!

6 Responses to “I've said it before, but I mean it this time (again)!”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    It occurs to me that I've never told you before, but I do think your work is lovely!

  2. Wino Says:

    You can make a small "jig" out of a stronger metal (such as a stiff coat hanger, if they still make those). The jig will allow you to form the exact same design again and again. I do wood working, and I make jigs all the time to insure things look identical on repeated parts.

    I like your work, too. I had a girlfriend long ago who did craft work, and I know how much work goes into it. It's also amazing the number and variety of tools and supplies she kept around to do these "simple" designs.

  3. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    T.U. CB! Yes to wino, I have a jig, and didn't think to use it (my sister gave it to me). Good for making flat things more than shapes in 3 D. Thx for the reminder in case I go that way.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Is the lapis pendant for sale yet?

  5. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    YEs LR, here is the direct link and you can also just click on the shop name in the post to see all about him

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/156094180/blue-lapis-nugget-sil...

  6. umbrellafant Says:

    Happy that you posted on the Wired Team on Etsy - that's how I found your great blog!
    Mesmerizing is a perfect adjective. These are breathtaking examples of Rico's work.

    b

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