Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Creative Space This Week...

This week I decided to make a project that was going to take me a little time and utilise a beautiful Matrix Picasso Jasper Coin focal which I've had for several months just waiting for the right setting!
Using my recently acquired 'el-cheapo every bit as good if not better that the expensive ones' pliers (you'll know about this if you follow me on Facebook!), I measured and shaped 3 frame wires.
Holding the wires and focal in place are half the battle with wire weaving - bless the wonderful person who invented painters masking tape - the kind that adheres when you need it to but also comes off with ease when you're done with it.  I also tend to use more tape than most would as I have a hand that was broken as a teenager and my fingers don't always go in the direction I intend them too!
Usually I would start at one side and weave right around to the other finishing back at the top, however this weave really requires consistency which can be lost if you don't work both sides at the same time.

I'm now about ½ way through and will post finish pics when done :)

Update: here it is!

I was ever so tempted to stop and do one of the other hundred or so designs sitting in the back of my head when these supplies arrived yesterday....

Containing - among other things - the most DIVINE hand-dyed leather cord in violet purple, pacific blue, turquoise green and black.  I have literally searched all over the on-line world for leather cord with a natural finish as opposed to the versions you most often see which look like they have a fake coating of some sort. 

I can't wait to get started using these beauties :D


  1. Hi Mel, well you learn something new every day. I never realised just how handy tape was to a jewellery designer and now I do. I can see underneath that the wire pattern is going to be fabulous. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished creation. Hope you are having a great week.

    1. Thanks Diana, nearly done now - tape all removed and just the bail to do!

  2. An interesting process Mel - we all find our own ways don't we :) The result looks wonderful!!

  3. OMG Mel, you are amazing, what patience with what looks to me like very intricate work. Beautiful

    1. There were a couple of times when I had to put it down and do something else as I was going cross-eyed from concentrating so hard, but otherwise I just have to keep going as I'm so keen to see the finished product Gill - silly huh?!! And thank you for your lovely words :)


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