Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wire weaving with a friend

The last time my bead buddy Christine and I got together we tried our hand at doing some wire weaving. As is often the case when I'm trying something new, I walked away stabbed and bleeding. Truly. I'm such a klutz sometimes. I managed to run a piece of the wire up under one of my finger nails. ouch!

This is my second attempt at using this technique and I think it is going to take a few hundred more before this is comfortable to my hands.

That said, I do like how this second one turned out. I pulled out a large coin-shaped jasper bead I had in my stash and treated it like a cab. I glued it to some lacy stiff stuff and then added a leather backing that I stitched along the back edge of the cab into the wire weave casing. The results are a framing of the bead in a cab-like setting. 

It isn't perfect and it has too many imperfections to put this one in my shop, but I like the technique enough to try it again. If any of you are interested in learning how to do this, I highly recommend picking up Lisa Barth's Timeless Wire Weaving book. Great instruction that is easy to follow. Hey, if I can do it anyone can!

16 comments:

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Very nice! I have this book as well, but have not yet attempted a design...probably because most of my wire on hand is heavy gauge! I think this is beautiful...as is your model!

JoJo said...

Looks great!!!! I'm really bad at wire work too. Of course I haven't done much or devoted any time to practicing either!

Jacquelineand.... said...

It isn't perfect? Pfffft, it's gorgeous! (And you have a beautiful model.)

Christine Altmiller said...

I love the colors of the stone and the wire and the beads ~ and the beauty of the model!!! Yours turned out a million and one times better than mine. Wire is my enemy. I envy those that can make art with it. Thanks for trying with me. Bloody or not, you "get" it. But even frustrating wire time with you is time well spent :-)

Natashalh said...

Very cool looking! And if you only walk away from new things "stabbed and bleeding," well, I'm jealous! It isn't a day spent sewing until I've stabbed myself at least once. =p

Miss Val's Creations said...

I can't notice the imperfections. It is beautiful! Those fine wires are great for stabbing yourself. I know the feeling!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Ouch! but the end result is very pretty :) and so is your model!

KJ said...

That turned out well. It is wrapped tightly and is not askew. Good work. Congratulations. I hope you keep at it.

windrock studio said...

Really, Ouch!! But gorgeous necklace!

Liz E said...

Gorgeous! I hope you try your hand at it again, and again!

Duni said...

The pendant is beautiful! Amazing craftsmanship!
Your daughter did a great job at modeling it too :)
When I sew by hand I almost always prick myself with the needle...

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful Cynthia the pendant and your young model! I also have this book and have done a few of the projects in the book and you are right they are easy to follow instructions. I am a big fan of Lisa Lynn Barth she does awesome work, and so do you!
Therese

D. Renee Wilson said...

Jasper is such a great stone. I think it's absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to see the one you deem worthy of your shop!

Magic Love Crow said...

It's not perfect??? Crazy girl, it's gorgeous! WOW!!!

Marcela Gmd said...

Lovely!!!!

CraftyHope said...

Oh my gosh. . .there are imperfections in this piece!? I think it's stunning! and it's only your second attempt? And, you and Christine were hangings out? What fun!! Again, I think this piece is really beautiful. I can't wait to see what else you do with this technique.

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