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