Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I LOVE JEWELRY. I love making jewelry, reading about making jewelry, watching videos about making jewelry and teaching jewelry making. However, I'm picky about my jewelry creations. If they're not quite right, I take them apart and reuse the beads. I have a basket in my work space that is full of bracelets, necklaces and earrings that, for one reason or another, are waiting to be recycled into something more pleasing.
I am recently enamored with wire and wire wrapping. I like the way you can hammer, twist and otherwise manipulate wire to create interesting shapes. I've been working with copper wire, mainly because precious metals are too, well, precious. I simply can't afford to work with silver and gold wire while I learn how to get the wire to do what I want it to do. Copper wire is cheap. I buy it at the hardware store. If the piece doesn't work out, I toss it with no regrets and start again. For every piece I think is pretty good, there's a couple feet of mangled copper wire in the trash can.
So is it worth the time, frustration and wasted wire? When I finally get something I like - oh, yes!