Wire Dreams: To support us!

What do you think of, when I say “wire dreams”? No, I don’t mean that really, really comfortable underwire bra!! But what else?

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When I think wire dreams, I’m considering one of the main supporting characters, in jewelery design. Of course, as a mixed-up media artist, I’ve been known to use my wire in unconventional ways, but I do still use it conventionally as well.

What are head pins and eye pins made of? Wire of course! Don’t you think that making the perfect wrapped or simple loop is what dreams are really made of? Where would our earrings be, without wire? Did you know that BeadFX offers several different types of wire-wrapping classes? You can go as simple, or complicated as you want, and I promise you that all you need is wire!! Okay, you might need several types of wire, and a stone, bead, or crystal or two, but who could resist? Lucie Lee, and Jen Rosen, both have wire wrapping classes on our current schedule. If you’re interested, check them out! I know that other instructors teach it as well, but those were the only two I spotted.

Of course, jumprings are also made with wire!!! I use jumprings in just about every necklace, earring, and bracelet I make!!! Pam Kearns teaches how to use them in her Jewelery Making 101 class.  Then, heavens above, don’t forget chainmaille!!!!! Gillian Clarke, and Marilyn Gardiner both use them extensively! Then there’s Viking Knit, and Kumihimo with wire (Cindy Goldrick). Whew!! That’s a whole lot of wire!!

Some wire is precious (sterling silver, gold-filled, argentium, fine silver), and others more utilitarian (Parawire, Artistic Wire)! Aluminum wire is colourful, and just plain fun!!! Wire is also used in both our metal, and lampwork glass studios for various applications (rings, bangles, filled with enamel, and for making cool silver dots, and threads, on molten glass).We sell a ton of aluminum wire, and I’ve heard that people scribble names, and make cool things out of them. It’s so easy to bend!

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One of my on-line friends, Sally Prangley, makes fabulous baskets, fanciful birds, and even flowers out of wire. Wire is also used as armatures (the internal support), for dolls, and other sculptural pieces.

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The above three images – Sally Prangley

Currently, my dreams include wire nests, birdhouse roofs, and coiled pendants, to hold resin (and perhaps a few beads). I’m also intrigued by wire sketches of different objects, to be later filled with resin, clay, paper, or fabric (seen in a long-forgotten book, somewhere). Believe it or not, I’ve even used re-cycled copper wire, from an old washing machine, to stitch fabric (very thin, copper wire) on a fibre art piece!! Also, I mustn’t forget that I’ve even bead embroidered with it!!!

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What do your wire dreams entail? I know that I will continue to explore mine, but is there anything that you would like to share?

4 Comments

    1. Anne Marie

      Thanks Cec! I hear that enabling is one of the things that I do best!!! LOL! Enjoy the raid and pre-annealed steel wire is also fabulous to work with. He might have some of that in his workshop, along with the copper, of course!!! If you’re planning on stitching, go with very fine copper.

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