Thursday, April 29, 2010

Some wire work

For a while there I thought I'd lost my bead-jo :) But it turned up again, said "I missed you" and settled in for the winter. Ahhhhhh, comfy!

So I thought I'd share some of my latest fascination for wire, especially copper wire. I love copper and recently just bought a Huuuuuuuuge lot of it at 50% off so will be using it a lot more. It's soft but strong - love it!

First up, copper wire (18 gauge cuff and 26 gauge wrapping) with Czech glass. I love the tone of the mint glass with the copper. This is quite a chunky piece so I put a safety chain on it as well - but it makes it hard to put on by yourself. Hmmmm, what to do?

One of my fave colour combos is red and blue - coral red and turquoise blue. These beads are red coral and synthetic Turquoise. I played around with my hammer and anvil that I bought last year at the bead show. You can see the slightly hammered/textured look on the copper wire. Safety chain on this one too though it's more petite.

This is a big mama! With same gauge wires as above but for some reason it just feels more stable so I didn't put a safety chain on it. Perhaps because there are more beads? Don't know really! Beads are glass focals and lovely lovely Swarovski crystals in jet, clear, light colorado and fire opal. Fireopal would have to be my favourite colour of Swarovski I think. It's just gorgeous - these photos don't do it justice at all!

And this is my favourite I think - same beads as above - twisted wire pendant. Freeform - I love seeing what comes out of my hands. So much fun!

This is some lovely quality Chinese crystals (not as nice as Swarovskis but very very nice all the same) and twisted coppe wire. I think this sparkles beautifully but the photo doesn't pick it up too well.

Thanks for looking!


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Tas said...

It's always a lovely feeling to wake up and know that the creative urge has returned. What a lovely haul!

A Beaded Affair said...

I adore copper and love what you are working towards with it. It's so inexpensive to work with compared with silver that it frees your creativity but still makes wonderful, salable jewelry. Love it. Lots of luck. You might like to take a look at . Great group of artists! I'll be back to see what you are working on.

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