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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Inspiration November 26, 2014

 Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree

This year at Wire-Sculpture we had a great opportunity to give back to our community. Every holiday season, our local school foundation hosts a community fundraising event called The Christmas Tree Jubilee.

Since 1980, The Christmas Tree Jubilee has raised millions of dollars to support children in Weber County, particularly those with special needs. The trees are set up for the public to view and then auctioned off to individuals and businesses and the money is then used by Weber School Foundation. This year we decided to participate and donate a decorated tree.

Our staff brainstormed and agreed that our theme would be “A Wire Wrapped Christmas”. Each staff member was tasked with helping to create ornaments and items that would be included on our Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree. What better way to show off how decorative wire-wrapping can be than to create ornaments and include them on the tree.  We also created a number of wire wrapped gifts that were included on the tree. We’ve had a wonderful experience with everyone in our office getting involved to bring our hand crafted creations to life!

I thought today you might enjoy seeing the final outcome of our wire wrapped Christmas tree and highlight some of the ornaments that we included.  All of them are simple to create and beautiful as well!

Enjoy!

A Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Our finished tree – all set up!

The entire staff pitched in and created all the painted glass ball ornaments as well as all of the wire wrapped ornaments.

Wire-Wrapped Ornaments and other goodies!

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Circle Tree Wire Ornament handcrafted by Megan

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Infinity tree design with beads and painted glass balls handcrafted by Narlene with beading by Megan.

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Wire writing – JOY handcrafted by Megan

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Wire Snowman handcrafted by Megan

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Wire wrapped snowmen earrings handcrafted by Janina

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Wire Wrapped Pendant handcrafted by Layna

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Chainmail Bracelet and Earrings handcrafted by Debbie

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Mini Tru-Strike Hammer Ornament

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Gift Baskets under the tree filled with Instructional DVDS and a set of Wire Wrapped Napkin Holders handcrafted by Narlene

Tree Topper:

Wire Wrapped Star with One-of-a-kind druzies. Handcrafted by Layna

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

We are so excited to share our Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree with our community and we’ve already started planning for next year! I hope you enjoyed seeing our creations!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for
November 17, 2014

Aren’t you excited for the 2015 Tucson Jewelry Classes this winter, hosted by JewelryTools.com!

Come learn the art of making jewelry with us, January 29th – February 9th, 2015 at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show. We’ll have the BEST jewelry classes in Tucson in 2015, with a wide range of jewelry instructors teaching jewelry-making classes from 10am to 6pm every day of the show. We’re planning to have the best Tucson gem show classes in town! Plan your 2015 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few! – at the JewelryTools.com Jewelry Classes at JOGS this February.

Featured Instructor: Cindy Goldrick

Carrie Story

Cindy Goldrick has been crafting for over 20 years and teaching jewelry techniques for the past five years.

She teaches regularly at Beadfx in Toronto as well as at bead societies, fairs and shows, Bead and Button, and at the Bead Gallery in Buffalo NY. Her passion is metalwork but she has been exploring mixed media work recently. She is past chair of the Toronto Bead Society.

Click Below to explore Cindy’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

 

We are lucky to have Cindy Goldrick as one of our  NEW JewelryTools.com instructors this year at the JOGS show from
January 29th – Feb. 9th in Tucson, Arizona!

Find out more about our Jewelry Classes in Tucson and sign up today!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Inspiration
November 21, 2014

One-of-a-kind Beauties by Layna Palmer

Today we feature a few of our One-of-a-kind beauties – we have so many amazing OOAK Stones that today I’ve asked one of our assistant writers to help tell you a little bit more about our One-of-a-Kind Gemstones and One-of-a-kind Druzy Cabochons.

So, sit back, relax and read about our beauties!

One-of-a-kind Gemstones:

Both fluorite and quartz come in a wide variety of colors and have a glass-like appearance. The most familiar color for fluorite is purple or blue, but the yellow is a very intense and saturated color with banding variations of yellow and clear. One fun property of fluorite is that it can change color and intensity under fluorescent lighting. This is one reason why fluorite is nicknamed the “most colorful mineral in the world.” Fluorite absorbs negative energy and can bring mental clarity in chaotic situations (I know what I’m wearing on Thanksgiving!).

Like fluorite, quartz is another mineral that comes in a rainbow of colors. Lemon quartz is a light to dark-yellow citrine that lacks the orange and brown undertones of citrine. Lemon quartz is also called “green gold” and usually mined in Brazil. Lemon quartz helps the wearer with creativity, optimism, and helps to focus the mind bringing clarity to achieving goals.

One of a Kind Gemstones

One-of-a-kind Pendants:

No piece of jasper or agate is ever the same and each has its own interesting story to tell. The “pictures” in jasper are formed from a sedimentary process through wind, water and time, each stone painting a picture of the earth from whence it came. Wearing jasper can alleviate stress and is also known as a “diet stone” for its ability to boost emotional strength and self-discipline (I will be wearing a lot of this in January).

Agate has a finer grain than jasper and is usually associated with volcanic rocks. Agate forms in bands as layer upon layer of silica rich water deposits in cracks and spaces of rocks and can form petrified wood as the silica replaces the fiber in trees. Each piece of agate is also individual and unique, even when cut from the same slab. Agate forms in concentric bands of color, plume’s, and circular formation known as “eye’s.” Agate comes in every color of the rainbow, including a translucent clear. Agate contributes to inner stability, and can help those juggling multiple tasks.

We’ve featured a few of our beautiful Jasper and Agate Pendants below!

OOAK Pendants

Druzy One-of-a-kind Cabochons:

Drusy’s are beautiful and dynamic stones that can be found in almost every color of the rainbow and have sparkling crystals reminiscent of “sugar plums.” Druse is the sparkly crystals that form through precipitation either on the inside of a rock like a geode, or the outside like a uvarovite garnet. Our drusy’s are one of a kind beauties from the inside of geodes and come in a variety of colors and textures.

Drusy’s can help get rid of negative feelings or thoughts, and can heal feelings of worry and self-doubt while bringing the wearer a sense of well-being and happiness.

Druzy One of a Kind Cabochons
Extra Large Druzy Cabochons
Large Druzy Cabochons
Medium Druzy Cabochons
Small Druzy Cabochons
Tiny Druzy Cabochons

 

Desinger One-of-a-kind Cabochons:

One of our designer cabochons that you may not be familiar with is Tube Onyx.  Originally called “flowering cave onyx,” this stone comes from the stalactites and flowstone in calcite rich caves.  Most tube onyx comes from caves in central Utah, and has been found in various regions of the Ozarks and Mexico.  Traditionally, onyx has been used to clear the base chakra and balancing energy, it can also increase stamina and self-control while facing life-challenges

Designer One-of-a-Kind Cabochons

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of our OOAK Beauties – our Gemstones and Druzy Cabochons – and that you’ll take another look at a few of them for your next project!

Happy Wrapping!

Content contributed by Layna Palmer

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip November 19, 2014

 Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

As we get closer to the Thanksgiving Holiday, many of us begin thinking about putting up the Christmas tree and filling our homes with holiday decor. Many look at purchasing or making new ornaments for the tree as well. I know that I try to to add a new ornament every year, typically something that has significance to me from an event throughout the year.

As I was perusing our patterns this week, I came across this one from one of our past contributors, Brenda Sigafoos, and I thought I would share it with you – the Beautiful Snowflake Ornament.

There are so many fun variations you could do with this! Take a look at our Siam, Peridot, and Crystal Bicone Swarovski. We also have Emerald and Garnet in the round Swarovski Crystals. All are perfect for this project and would light up any tree with color!

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

Designed by Brenda Sigafoos © 2012

Skill Level: Intermediate

Technique: Forming loops, wire and glue assembly

Bling it up next winter with a beautiful Swarovski® snowflake created with just headpins and crystals! Make it a family project – kids would love to help make their own snowflake ornaments! – or use fine materials to give as gifts or sell as stocking stuffers. You’ll use a little glue in this pattern to keep the arms of the snowflake in place, but you can experiment with other ways to lock them in place, too!

Materials

Tools

Instructions

  1. Place the following beads on a single eyepin in this order: four 2mm beads, one 4mm bicone, and one 2mm bicone. Then trim 1/2″ away from the last bead and make a small loop with round nose pliers. Squeeze the little loop you just made with flat nose pliers to secure.Beautiful Snowflake OrnamentBeautiful Snowflake OrnamentBeautiful Snowflake OrnamentBeautiful Snowflake OrnamentRepeat these steps until you have eight eyepins with beads.Beautiful Snowflake OrnamentBeautiful Snowflake OrnamentLine Break
  2. Take your headpin and slide on one 4mm bicone and a spacer bead.Beautiful Snowflake Ornament
  3. Next, slide all the looped eyepins on the headpin, so that the 4 similar beads of each eyepin are facing inward. Fan out in a snowflake arrangement, as shown. Now take your last 2mm bead and slide it on the headpin, where it will hold the eyepins in place.Beautiful Snowflake OrnamentLine Break
  4. Move the 2mm bicone back slightly, out of the way, and squeeze a drop of Super Glue under the bicone. Squeeze a drop of Super Glue on the bead end, then slide the bicone back in place, holding the eyepins. Super Glue it will dry quickly, so work fast!  Note: Be sure to read the directions on your glue, in case it needs time to set.Beautiful Snowflake OrnamentLine Break
  5. Take your flat nose pliers and bend the headpin at a 90° angle immediately after the glued bicone. Then make a simple loop or wrapped loop at the end of this bent wire. This loop will attach to the ornament hook.
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  6. Take the last headpin and shape it over a pencil, jump ring maker, or round nose plier jaws. Firmly shape it into an ornament hook.Hint: Beat the hook with a rawhide or nylon hammer to harden the hook.Open the eyepin loop to attach it to the snowflake.Beautiful Snowflake OrnamentBeautiful Snowflake OrnamentBeautiful Snowflake Ornament

There you go, a beautiful handmade ornament: a great gift to give, or to make as a  family project to hang on your tree.   Thanks to Brenda for sharing this beautiful pattern with us. I hope that you all enjoy making these and including them in your holiday decor! Take a few pictures and send them to us – we’d love to see them!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for
November 17, 2014

Aren’t you excited for the 2015 Tucson Jewelry Classes this winter, hosted by JewelryTools.com!

Come learn the art of making jewelry with us, January 29th – February 9th, 2015 at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show. We’ll have the BEST jewelry classes in Tucson in 2015, with a wide range of jewelry instructors teaching jewelry-making classes from 10am to 6pm every day of the show. We’re planning to have the best Tucson gem show classes in town! Plan your 2015 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few! – at the Jewelrytools.com Jewelry Classes at JOGS this February.

Featured Instructor: Carrie Story

Carrie Story

Throughout her career, Carrie Story has proven herself as an expert designer, an accomplished jewelry maker and an enthusiastic instructor. From an early age, Carrie exhibited an interest in the creative arts and garnered recognition in college, winning a state award in graphic design for four custom pieces showcased in area museums.

In 2005, Carrie began creating beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings and soon after established her own business, Divine Ornaments. Carrie quickly developed a passion for metal clay after taking several classes, which fueled her desire to share her vast knowledge with students. Known for her approachable and dynamic teaching style, Carrie maintains an enjoyable atmosphere where students feel free to express their own gifts and talents while focusing on technical aspects in an entertaining manner.

Carrie’s dedication to teaching is obvious to her students. Carrie currently serves as a Contributing Artist for Metal Clay Today and has been galleried in Metal Clay Artist Magazine. Carrie’s work is shown and sold in galleries throughout the east coast. Recently, Carrie was featured in Thrive Magazine and The Cheraw Chronicle as a rising new jewelry artist. Carrie is a Certified PMC Instructor and teaches throughout the United States. Carrie is committed to her own professional development and continuously seeks out opportunities to improve her skills so that she can best serve her class.

Click Below to explore Carrie’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

2/08/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Carrie Story Prometheus Copper & Bronze Clay Boot Camp

We are lucky to have Carrie Story as one of our returning JewelryTools.com instructors this year at the JOGS show from
January 29th – Feb. 9th in Tucson, Arizona!

Find out more about our Jewelry Classes in Tucson and sign up today!

Happy Wrapping!

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