Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Playing with Wire

I've seen some really fantastic pieces with elaborate wire work. The best ones in my opinion look like the artist hadn't a care in the world and simply kept wildly wrapping and wrapping. Unfortunately, my skills are rather limited but I figured I would try my hand at a few simple designs to pass the time.
This first one was made with copper wire and China chrysocolla cubes. These little cubes have wonderful blues, greens, and even sometimes a rust color streaked through them. The brilliant glow of the copper really pops next to the subdued tones in the stones.
The next one is a silver cuff bracelet. Yellow turquoise is great if you're looking for a stone with some character. Each one has it's own unique color and variation ranging from bright yellows to blues or even blacks. With such variety from stone to stone, this bracelet only needed one type of stone to keep it interesting.

The last one is a charm type bracelet. Little salamander and toad charms adorn this piece along with lots of Vintaj brass components and a large twisted brass colored wire bead. Two large Feldspar stones and little seed beads add a calming teal color to the piece.
If anyone has any tips or can suggest a good book to read on using wire, please let me know. It's loads of fun and quite addicting!


  1. Leslie, these are great, the cuff is fantastic!! My opinion, the best book to learn wirewrapping skills is Sharilyn Miller's book, " Bead on a Wire", hands down! She also has a blog now, I haven't checked it out yet, I think it is called Wire Jewelry Lessons.

  2. Happy Thursday to you, Sharon! I'll hit Borders today to see if I can find the book. I found the blog and it's full of tutorials. :) Yippee! Thanks so much for the help!

  3. Sharon,
    I got the book today and it's perfect. Everything I was hoping to find out but I couldn't seem to find in other books. The sad part is I've overlooked this book so many times because I wasn't real fond of the cover. It just goes to show that you should never judge a book by it's cover!

  4. Hi Leslie
    I'm so glad I found your are well underway with your wire long have you been making jewelry? Because your work is great!!! I agree with Sharon, that Bead on a Wire is wonderful...and you'll be happy to know she has a second wire book on copper coming out soon.

  5. Cindy,
    I'll have to keep my eyes open for that one. I just love the glowing rust color of copper. It's so pretty! Oh, by the way, I love your blog!!!