Hey, all! I’ve just recently created a photo gallery of wire worked jewelry I made in the 2019/2020 time frame: Susan Maddy J on Facebook
I now dabble a lot in wire wrapping, wire weaving, and wire forming. I do most of my wire working in raw copper, brass, or jewelers’ bronze right now (fine silver and sterling silver in the near future), and may also use stainless steel, surgical steel or .925 sterling silver for ear wires or other components. I’m also occasionally using sheet metals for cutting, forming, doing soldering or cold joins (rivets) but the learning curve is long, especially because I’m self-teaching on all of this, which also eats up a lot of my time. (Not complaining! It’s just reality.)
The reason I wanted so much to play with wire is that I knew it would allow me the flexibility to do designs that I’ve been imagining but couldn’t achieve any other way. I can also make most of my own connection components on the fly as needed for each project (jump rings, clasps, ear wires). I can hammer wire, twist wire, coil wire, swirl wire, weave wire and, of course, bead with wire and wrap wire around other objects. I like working with Swarovski crystals. I also like working with natural semi-precious gemstones.
With beading, I was able to crank out product much faster and in greater volume, but wire working tends to take more time and result in fewer, but finer, one-of-a-kind pieces. I’m good with that.
I’ve got time. I’ve got patience. I’ve got a passion for exploring what I can do with wire and with metal. If you’ve got the time and curiosity, join me on my journey by checking out this gallery on Facebook (it’s a public page, so no need to have a Facebook account to view this gallery). . .