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Wire Wrapping Class

On Saturday I took myself off to Nottingham for the day again, to attend another class at the Nottingham Jewellery School (which is fast becoming my favourite place to visit).  This months class was Wire Wrapping, with the fabulous Angela Askins of Angleberry Jewellery.

The day started with an introduction to wire, the different types, strengths etc. and what to look for in a good working wire.  Angela had also brought her bead boxes with her, which I could have happily spent the rest of the day playing with!!!!!!

After a brief overview of the tools we would be working with, we got started.  The first task was to master turning loops and making our own ear-wires.  I was particularly interested in this, as I get through a lot of earwires!  We practised this for a little while, then moved on to making earrings wrapped with beads.

A short break for lunch, then back to it – in the afternoon session we were making figure of eight links, which could be used for so many things, then on to a wire wrapped ring!   Angela gave full instructions on how to get the sizing right, and how to make sure the ring is finished perfectly, so it is comfortable to wear.  We had a little time left at the end of the day, so practised making spirals, and adding beads.

It really was a thoroughly enjoyable day, with a lot of laughter, and I went home with two finished pieces of jewellery, and the makings for several more.  As soon as I got home I added bails to the two spiral pendants, and used the figure of eight links to make a bracelet!

I noticed today that the course is being run again next year – if you are able to get to Nottingham, I highly recommend booking yourself on it!  Pop across to the Focus Galleries website for details of all the upcoming courses.  I can’t wait for the next one!

https://www.focusgallerynottingham.com/

Until next time…….

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Out of My Comfort Zone

I am a creature of habit.  I don’t see this as a fault, it’s just the way I am!  But occasionally, just occasionally, I like to push myself out of my comfort zone!

I like embroidery.  Give me a needle and thread and a piece of linen, and all is well with my world!  I also love to make jewellery.  I cannot describe the pleasure I get from spending a couple of hours playing with beads!

It seems like a small step to combine the two into bead embroidery, but it is something I struggled with for quite a while!  I love my embroidery, and I loved my beads, but never the twain shall meet in my world!    I was persuaded by a very good friend of mine to give it a go, and you know what?????   I loved it!    I have made several designs now, which have proved popular, and I have an ever growing list to do!  My go to designs are always going to be animals and insects, but I was recently asked to make a skull and crossbones for a fabulous lady to attach to a hairclip for a Fairy Festival she was attending (doesn’t that sound like fabulous fun?)  and you know what?  again, I loved it!

I have also recently discovered a wonderful product called Shibori Ribbon.  Shibori is a special hand-dyed silk, which is created by folding, twisting, and binding silk ribbon during the dyeing process to create wonderfully coloured, pleated pieces of silk to add to bead embroidery projects.   I have invested in a few of these, and have made two pendants so far.  Again, this is slightly out of my comfort zone, but I am persevering, and am loving the results so much that I have an entire range of Shibori jewellery planned for later this year – so watch this space!

 

 

And the moral of this story? – don’t be afraid to push yourself, and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone – you might just surprise yourself!

Until next time….

Zoe xx