Michaels Arts and Craft stores. It's definitely challenged me in my jewelry making as I've been required to learn a LOT of new techniques to teach as part of our curriculum there. Can we say stretched? But it's been a very good thing. One of the new things that I learned was wire crochet. I've done crafts all my life, but knitting and crocheting were never on the agenda- and still aren't. However, much to my delight, wire crochet has become my new favorite- along with chain maille- and using different combinations makes every new piece unique.
For the piece below I used 26 gauge Artistic non-tarnish silver wire. The Artistic wire gives my wire crochet an added luster and richness and while I don't use it for every necklace, these beauties deserved it.
Here's another one with the earrings. I kept the earrings simple, using the same chain from the back of the necklace, as I didn't want them to compete with main piece.
Wire crochet is so versatile. I did this for a dear friend's birthday. She brought me some beautiful blue beads from Venice, and I knew I wanted to make something special for her using one of them as a focal. As it turned out, she'd never bought herself any jewelry on the trip so now she has her own memory piece. That delighted me- and her!
This one for was my sister aka best friend. She wanted lots of colors especially pink and purple, and since she's pretty wonderful, I do my best to give her what she wants. She's able to wear this with all sort of color combinations.
Thank you again, Lori Anderson, for giving us a chance to learn and tackle new things with 5th Bead Soup Blog Party. If you've never participated in this, there's a 6th BSBP coming soon.
Grateful today for dashes and splashes of grace and joy,