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Monday, June 28, 2010

My New Obsession


My new obsession is making rings. I really enjoy it! I started making wire wrapped rings about a month ago and haven't looked back. The best part of making rings this way is the few needed supplies. My round nose pliers, wire cutters, a bag of interesting beads, and my finger! Yes, my finger. I use my fingers to wrap my rings. It sounds odd, but works really well! I am lucky to have fingers in the most popular ring size widths,lol. My pinky is a 5, my middle a 6, and my index a 7! Go figure!! So now when I take my kids to a park, I can whip up some rings while they play! Awesome!! Here is another one of my rings...Cherry quartz and silver



The hardest part is finishing up the end of the wire. I prefer to coil it or tuck it in. I also use my fingernails to push the wire where needed. My nails are hard as real nails (the construction kind) LOL!
I'm hoping to further advance my technique and really challenge myself to make more difficult designs. I tend to get bored with the same routine all the time. I am a fast learner and can usually make the images in my mind come to life in my designs.
I love making jewelry and love to learn new techniques. I even taught a jewelry class before. It was tons of fun! I will teach my daughter to make jewelry when she is a little older. She makes cute necklaces already, but a 7 year old doesn't quite have the coordination just yet to fanangle wire into a wearable piece.
I have been finding myself stashing cool gemstones and beads just for new rings! I guess it really is an obsession! But, I love it!!

Chrysoprase and copper ring

7 comments:

Amanda Robins said...

You and me both, Wendy. Loving the rings and the groovy beads!

MissWendyofBeanzBeads said...

Thanks Amanda!! Making rings is all I can think about when my materials are in front of me, LOL!!! Wow, it is so much fun and usually quick to make one. I love your rings too!

CLYDE KELLER said...

LOVE YOUR NEW OBSESSION- AND BLOG

MissWendyofBeanzBeads said...

Awww...thank you Clyde!!! You are a sweetheart!!

Joyousworld said...

Oh I'm obsessed too... I just wish I had the time. Keep up the beautiful work...

KraftiKats said...

Hey Miss Wendy, Love your rings and congrats on your blog!! Bin thinking about it too but it must take up a lot of time!!!

MissWendyofBeanzBeads said...

Thank you Joyce!!

Lesley, thanks so much! It doesn't take too long to blog once you get used to the how-to's. I was totally clueless with my 1st one, but the 2nd one was much easier!