Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jewelry too!

Before glass beads and jewelry, wire jewelry took up most of my time. I was living in near Sabino Canyon in Tucson, Arizona at the time and I just couldn't find any jewelry I liked. A friend suggested that I walk downtown at the end of January to look around at the gem shows in town - if you don't know already - Tucson Arizona hosts the worlds largest gem and mineral shows in the world during the end of January. Of course, at the time, I didn't know that and was surprised to find out what all the traffic jams had been about. I bought a few beads and stones. I picked up a copy of Handmade Jewelry: Simple Steps to Creating Wearable Art by Carol Grape and made two sets of earrings. Hooked, I found myself a week later at one of the local bead shops signing up for a wire class. I took every class they had - I loved it!

I still love wire - you'll see it throughout my jewelry designs, in my stitch markers and in the bracelet above. I use primarily sterling silver as it has the best temperament for jewelry design.

What's your favorite material to create with?


Mary Timme said...

You just amble over to the Tucson show? Color me full of envy, bead envy at that! Oh, my!

The bracelet is gorgeous.

LampworkDiva said...

I can't amble over to the Tucson shows now - I moved a few years back - but it was fun while it lasted! LOL!

Thank you for the nice comment about the bracelet! It's one of my favorites!

Jessica said...

Beautiful!!! I am currently obsessed with copper earthy. Shiny..... It also works great with my ceramic beads. Sterling seems so fragile to me. (Ok - copper is cheaper and this is how I rationalize....)

LampworkDiva said...

Thank you, Jessica! I love copper too! It's a perfect wire to create with and such a great color too! Thanks for looking! Smile!