First Work in 2015 - Hodo Chainmaille Bracelet  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I took a small break from making jewelry last year, but I am back now, and here is the first piece I made this year. Copper/bronze chainmaille bracelet based on a weave called Hodo.

I wanted something simple yet stylish and visually appealing, and the Japanese family of weaves fits pretty well this criteria. The creator of this weave, if I'm not mistaken, is Rebeca Mojica, the author of the popular book Chained, which I have.

I do like this bracelet, but next time I will use smaller sizes for the small connecting rings for a tighter look.

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Copper Pendant After An Absence of 6 Months  

Monday, November 10, 2014

I've been away for about 6 months because for one, I kind of lost my mojo, and it didn't help that I had contact dermatitis on the right arm, which didn't really allow me to do any wire work (thank god it was summer as I wouldn't have been able to wear anything with long sleeves).

So here is my first pendant with a purple jasper wrapped in copper wire. It is based on a design by Julie Lockhart, with my own take on it. Not perfect, but I like it and this one is mine.

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Simple Soldered Silver Chain  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I love chain maille jewelry, but I wanted to have a simple, thin and light chain that I could wear all the time, day and night, without having to take it off when I go to sleep, for example. I remembered my soldering lessons from before, so this weekend I made this silver chain with some jump rings that I already had at hand. Not perfect, but I see my soldering is better than it was a few months ago when I gave it a previous try.

This one is mine :)

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Copper Pendant From A Free Tutorial  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Here is a quick copper pendant I made based on a tutorial from Fradany - she has a lot of useful and quite easy tutorials for wire wrapping.

The bead used with the copper wire is yellow agate with a speck of green in it, I love it.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the result.

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Back To Work Bronze Bracelet - Sort Of  

Monday, February 17, 2014

About a week ago I ordered from Beadsisters in the UK a kit for a bracelet weave called Clockwork. The rings were bronze and bright aluminum. The kit arrived and I made the bracelet within the day. It was very easy to do and fun as well. Here is what it looks like on my wrist:

Once I made it, I figured I would re-create it in sterling silver and bronze (personally I don't like aluminum except for learning a weave, plus I had a request from someone to make it using sterling silver). I cut my rings based on the specifications in the kit and got to work.

To my major surprise nothing matched, the bracelet was a bust. It turns out that since the weave creator didn't mention the type of wire gauge (AWG or SWG), I automatically assumed one of the two and of course, it was not that. Even worse, sterling silver has a different thickness compared to say bronze, so the same gauge (e.g. 18 gauge) is not the same in the two wire materials.

Sadly also mixing sterling with bronze won't work either, because the sizes simply don't match (AWG 18 gauge is not the same with SWG 16 gauge(. So here I am with a bunch of cut jumprings (some sterling silver too, which are not cheap, mind you) and can't make the bracelet again - not unless I use same color rings - which would really detract from the beauty of the wave, since it's really gorgeous in two colors, right?

Having all these jumprings in my stash, I did what some people in the chain maille group called 'lemonade from sour lemons'. I made a new bracelet, which apparently is called Back to Work (I did it from the image of an existing bracelet, not from a tutorial, before I found out what its name is).

So here is my today's lemonade...Back To Work bracelet in bronze. It's really light and fun to wear. I'll make it again, next time in sterling silver.

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YOJ 2014 - Week 2 and 3  

Monday, January 20, 2014

Since I jumped in again in the Year of Jewelry project, I've started making a new jewelry piece every week. Here are my entries for week 2 and 3.

Week 2: It's golden

This is a pendant I made loosely based on a free tutorial by Angelina Krell, it's quite tiny. I like how the copper shimmers against the blue background.

Week 3: Circular logic

Well, my latest piece certainly matches the theme of the week, it's all circular up and down and middle too. It's made from the latest wire wrapping book that I bought at Amazon (was published in 2013) by Kaska Fior called Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry. Love it so far, it really has some cool modern designs that I just have to make!

And since I mentioned the wire wrapping book that I bought which I used to make this second piece , here is the cover. I can't wait to make the bracelet shown there, it's amazing!

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Camelot Chain Maille Necklace  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Here is my first work in 2014 (actually started the last few days of 2013, but finished it just now), a copper and bronze necklace in Camelot chain maille weave, which is basically starting from the helm chain, going through Celtic Vision and with a few extra rings, turning into Camelot, a weave originally created by PrairieGal.

It's quite a heavy necklace, but it sits wonderfully on the neck. The larger rings are bronze, and the smaller ones copper. All rings handcut with a jewelry saw (that partially why it took so long to made this necklace).

Here are a few photos of it.

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Helm Flower Chain Maille Set  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

This helm flower chain maille set (the weave is also called parallel flower chain maille) was my Christmas gift to myself. I made it on Christmas Eve to wear it during the Christmas lunch at hubby's sister's.

It is made of sterling silver and copper rings (all handcut from wire) and it's quite an elegant set, even though I couldn't capture it so well in the photos.

Easy to make, it took 2 ring sizes. Here are some of the photos of the set.

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Full Persian Chain Maille Bracelet  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I miss chain maille, haven't done it in several months, so when my fingers started to itch for picking up the pliers and rings, I gave in. And here is the result, a Full Persian bracelet with bright aluminum rings ordered a long time ago from The Ring Lord. I might make another one in sterling silver, but with smaller rings, to be more feminine so to speak. I find the Full Persian weave quite chunky and more for guys than gals.

So here are a few photos of what I made 2 days ago.

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Copper Leaf Pendant  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This leaf pendant is made of copper and it's loosely based on a Nicole Hanna tutorial using wire wrapping technique. I bought recently a couple of her newer tutorials and my fingers were itching to make something. The pendant is quite small, with the bail is just about 4 cm (2.5") and it's fun and casual to wear with a chain or a black cord. It has a green seadbead as adornment.

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New Copper Pendant For November  

Monday, November 11, 2013

I made this copper pendant with a beach glass bead over the weekend. Sorry about the rather crappy and dark shot, my new Canon has no batteries right now, and the old one I used ... I kind of forgot its optimal settings for jewelry.

The pendant is made loosely from a tutorial by Perfectly Twisted and actually it looks better in real than on the shot. Oh well, will probably retake the photo as soon as I get some rechargeable batteries to my regular Canon camera.

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YOJ Project Week 25 - Solstice  

Monday, August 5, 2013

This pendant has nothing to do with solstice, however it's the first jewelry piece I made since my mojo left me, and since it's literally (hot) summer here, it has become my summer solstice piece.

It's just something I did on the spur of the moment using various waves, a green cats eye bead and some agate brown beads. Was fun to do, so hopefully I'll start creating regularly again. If it weren't just so dar hot here (around 40C every day this month so far).

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Free Wire Wrapping Tutorial - How To Make A Copper Pendant  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I wrote a few days ago a free wire wrapping tutorial on making the pendant above, which looks at the overall process rather than the step by step view of creating the loop or balling up the wires. There are so many free tutorials on those easy aspects that I decided that my tutorial will be of a different kind.

Basically the whole idea started with a discussion with a customer who bought one of my pendants and asked me a few questions on how I did it, and what was my thought process and what makes these kinds of designs different from the fashion jewelry you find in cheap shops.

A seasoned wire wrapper will find this tutorial easy, but hopefully will find a few tips here and there. However I think this tutorial will also benefit anyone who likes to buy jewelry, or who is interested in making some but without knowing what it all entails, or any jewelry artist who is used to work from tutorials but has no idea how to start something completely from scratch - regardless of the actual design.

Here is the link, it's free on the site, there is nothing to sign up for or anything, simply click through and read it and see the many screenshots.

Please let me know if you find it interesting - either in this Comments section or in the Guestbook of the sitew here I put the tutorial - it's free for anyone to comment.

Wire wrapping tutorial on making a pendant

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YOJ Project 2013 Week 23 - Twin Hearts  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I've skipped the last week's YOJ project, which was about twins, so I made now this pendant to catch up. It's about twin hearts. It's in my series of 'going back to basics' where I'm practicing symmetrical scrolls and wraps. When learning to make jewelry I've kind of skipped this step and I know that I'm lacking in this department, so with these simpler pieces I'm focusing more on 'getting it right'.

Here are a few pictures that I took from this piece. It's so amazing how different it looks under various lighting conditions.

Inspiration for this piece was Jodi Bombardier's set of earrings from her latest book (also mentioned in my previous post).

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June Synchroblog - Pinterest Project And YOJ 2013 Week 24  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This post will be about a simple pendant that I made to fit two different projects: the June Synchroblog, which this month is about something that inspired us on Pinterest, and also about the Week 24 of the YOJ project 2014.

I've kind of lost my mojo the last week or so, I didn't feel like making jewelry at all. I guess we all go through  those uninspired times, and I'm right now in one of them.

But I knew I have to do something for the two projects, so I made this basic pendant with a dyed turquoise bead.

First starting with the Synchroblog project, a group of artists who blog every month about something specific. I've linked the project here, so you can read more about it, if interested.

As to this month's Pinterest inspiration, I saw this particular pin of a lovely copper pendant with a dyed turquoise, when I remembered I have somewhere one of these dyed beads as well.

As for the YOJ project week 24, the entries are about Commitment. So with this simple pendant I'm committing to go back to basics of making jewelry. I've been doing all sorts of rather complex things, but I can't for the life of me two two identical shapes. So having bought just now Jodi Bombardier's new book called Artisan Filigree and started working through the first project. There are tons of beautiful filigree shapes that can really get me up to speed with these types of scrolls and weaves, so I'l work through each of the projects in the book.

So here are a few photos of the piece I made with copper and dyed turquoise bead that I had at home.

Finally, let me end with the links to the other Synchroblog members so that if you're into blog hopping, you can check them out as well. I know I will.

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YOJ 2013 - Week 22 - Sponge Coral Pendant  

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Here is my entry for week 22 of the YOJ 2013 - and yes I skipped for now week 21 because it was about cuffs and I don't really do them. I might come back to it at a later time.

For now the topic was circles, squares and triangles, so I entered the new pendant based on Nicole Hanna's egg pendant tutorial because it has plenty of swirls and circles. I think this is my favorite of all Nicole's tutorials, it's versatile, not as difficult as I initially thought and you can really make some beautiful things with it.

The bead is sponge coral and I think it goes well with the copper wire. The whole piece is a bit short of 3 cm.

Here are a few pictures that I took this morning. I added to it a black cord for the last picture only, just to see how it looks like hanging.

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10 Minutes Earrings - YOJ 2013 Week 20 Entry  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Last week's theme for the Year Of Jewelry week 20 was 'Made in 10 minutes'. I work rather slowly when it comes to making jewelry so 10 minutes was dearly little to do anything more elaborate and complex than this simple sterling silver pair with little amethyst beads dangling from the bottom.

All jump rings have been soldered and pickled and the earrings have been in the tumbler for way more than 10 minutes, so in fact fully completing them took maybe more than an hour (I never like to tumble less than 30-40 minutes, not only to make the jewelry shiny, but also to work harden the wire).

The length of the earrings including the ear wires is around 5 cm (about 2 inches?)

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Free Form Pendant In Copper  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I've been eyeing these kinds of free-form styles for a while now, and Nicole Hanna's tutorials were the first that really brought me insight into how to even start doing something free-form. After having practiced for a while, I went on my own instead, so here is my first pendant that I made without any tutorial at all. Here I  simply wrapped around until I ran out of wire.

The whole pendant including the bail is about 4.5 cm. I'm really enjoying this style so I'll be making a few more, at least until something else catches my attention. Here are a few pics taken from different angles and different lighting.

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