Friday, March 28, 2008

Wire Experiments

I love playing with wire, it's so sculptural (sorry, if that's obvious, I only just discovered it for myself) and there's so much you can do with it: from knitting it to bending it, to hammering and bashing it, to dipping it in liver of sulphur (to oxidise it) to hanging it round my arm. :-)

Here are some of my recent projects, including (ta-da!) my first ever real, made-from-scratch ring!

It's been made with thicker square wire that I bashed and hammered into shape with - obviously - a hammer, a mandrel, a steel block and the use of a pair of pliers. I then added a teeny aventurine bead at the top with the help of a ball ended head pin wrapped around the loop at the top. The ring is a standard UK size 'M' but is adjustable. It should be available in my soon. All the wire is Sterling Silver.

Here's my beautiful dragonfly bangle. Again it's been made with thicker square wire, bashed and squeezed and hammered into shape (took quite a bashing, believe me!) and then I added a sea glass nugget to the loop with the help of two tiny vintage dragonfly stampings. A generous spiral at the other end finishes it off. The wire is bare copper wire. Available in my Etsy shop soon!

Here's the dragonfly/sea glass in detail:

This is the sea glass/dragonfly from the inside:

A close-up of the spiral with the texture (all that bashing....)

And this one is MINE. It's my amoeba bangle. It started off as the snowflake bangle, but when I looked at it, it just didn't look like a snowflake... Never mind, I love it anyway! :-)

I've used a thick gauge of square sterling silver wire, bent, hammered and bashed into submission with various acoutrements, a sea glass nugget (go, say hello to Alison who braved the waves to collect it for me), and a lovely vintage beadcap/stamping in the shape of a snowflake. This will NOT be available in my Etsy shop, because I am going to wear it tonight. :-) However, feel free to commission one similar to this.

Detail of the amoeba from the front:

Detail of the amoeba from the back or inside:

1 comment:

  1. That ring is gorgeous. You are getting good with your hammer!


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