|Wire and Bead Rings|
Next I tried combining different metals and materials in this bracelet - chain, filigree, and a bead. I wanted to add more beads originally (so there would have been more wire wrapping), but it looks complete to me as is! Instead of forcing the design, I decided to move on to something else....
|Bracelet - dyed howlite bead, brass filigree, chain.|
Now that I was all warmed up, I moved onto more difficult wire wrapping - binding. I love the look of square wire, but it can be frustrating to work with! Getting all the twists out is especially difficult and time consuming - and very necessary for a clean, finished piece!
|The above bracelet design is simpler and more clean-lined than most of my work - it was a practice piece from the following book, Wire Wrapping.|
|The authors of Wire Wrapping suggest stacking their bracelets, and I have to agree that they look good like this! They also make working with square wire seem easy....|
My latest piece was a large mystery stone pendant. I've wrapped pendants before, but it had been a little while. This is probably my best piece to date - practice makes almost perfect! The stone is highly polished and has a wood grain pattern to it - more like rings than lines. It has a lovely moonstone/tiger's eye sheen to it in dark purples and deep greens, reminding me of a peacock eye feather. It was given to me years ago, unlabeled, so I had no idea what it was. It has since been identified as rainbow obsidian!
|Mystery "Peacock" Pendant - Large Stone (3")|