My favorite stone, labradorite. This one is set in a netted bezel and attached to two 18 gauge wires woven together and then intertwined. What a PITA. I stuggled to get both sides even and I'm still not sure they are.
I did some copper etching last week. The earrings were inspired by Cindy Wimmer's necklace in the last Step By Step Wire. They're not for the faint of heart measuring about 2 7/8" long. The skyline bangle is 1 1/2" wide and was done with a stamp and Staz-on ink which I then went over with a Sharpie. The waves bangle is 1" wide and also used a stamp for the design.
This pendant was inspired by Lynne Merchant, an artist who has probably been an inspiration for most of the wire jewelry makers of today. I've always admired her beautiful tassels and challenged myself to try something similar. I did solder the largest outside ring that the loops and dangles hang from. The top part is a spiral which I thought I would do in a manner similar to Iza's bead cap. But I was trying to do it from memory having only done it once years ago and just couldn't wrap my head around the weave. Plus I don't think I really had enough spirals to do it effectively. So all I can say is it's held together. :D Now if I just had Mary Tucker's stick-to-itiveness, I would work on this until it's perfect. But making one wore me out. LOL
I promised someone I would do a tutorial for this pendant and, being the procrastinator that I am, it only took me a year to get it done. I designed it as a way to showcase some lovely lampwork focal beads that I had. Every one will be unique depending on your choice of materials. I included two pages of instructions on coiling with a drill, including how to make your own mandrel, as well as some other tips and timesaving techniques. I have it listed in my both my Etsy and Artfire shops.
I started my jewelry making journey in 2006 and it quickly took over my spare room and spread out into the living room. I was able to retire from my civil service job in August 2008 and I'm now able to focus on it full time.