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
Come back soon for more pretty things!