Wire wrapping, not to be confused with wire sculpting, is my passion. What's the difference you ask? Well, I'll tell you.
Wire sculpting is usually done by grabbing a few wires and creating swirls and dips over the top of a stone, thereby at least partially covering the stone, so that it's all about the wire.
As you can see from the photo to the left, the emphasis is more about the wire than about the stone. Not that it's not pretty, it's a different way of creating jewelry. And differences are what makes the world go around, right?
Wire weaving is, as the name implies, the art of weaving (as in cloth) wire to create the framework surrounding and enhancing the stone. I did a blog post about that process last fall.
When I first learned to create with wire, my teacher taught me to use round wire. I quickly grew frustrated because the round wire didn't hold, didn't stay where I put it. So I said to myself, "Self, let's try working with wire that has an edge." So I experimented with a wire called half-round, which, as the name implies, has a flat side. It worked like a charm! Then I took it even further, and also use square wire, and I've been getting all sorts of creative ever since.
I use both half-round and square when I make my bangle bracelets.
Last, but most definitely not least, is wire wrapping. My first love and the thing I do the best is wire wrapping. This is the art of using the wire to accentuate the stone it's surrounding. While this is an involved process, it's easier to show than to tell.
But really, when it comes down to it, if it involves wire, I'm probably into it. My inventory of unwrapped stones is great, so if you'd like a piece that is made just for you (or a loved one), contact me for a one-on-one appointment to create your very own piece of custom jewelry.
Until next month,