This past May, I made my annual pilgrimage to the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in the mountains of Georgia. I usually go once a year to learn a new skill, but I realized this year that I didn't go in 2017, so that makes it not as annual as I may have wished.
The last time I went, I learned chain maille. This time I took it up a notch and learned to weave with wire.
...What I learned was on a significantly smaller scale, with a significantly larger amount of sophistication.
We started off with the basics, which looks just like the picture at the left. Looks just like basket weaving, and it really kind of is...just smaller...and with wire.
This ring is one of my first pieces. It actually started out as just a practice piece. But me being me, when I took it back to my room that night, I turned it into a ring. I just couldn't help myself! Not bad for a first attempt, if i do say so myself.
But after a few practices, I got the hang of it and started branching out so the technique worked with my style, which is allowing the gemstone to be center stage and any embellishment is there to accentuate the stone.
As you can see, the juices are flowing, and I've been having so much fun playing (um, working) with this new technique. So, lay it on me...let's create your custom jewelry piece and add a little weaving to make it perfectly yours.
Until next month!