Woven Jewelry: Would that I could!

Woven jewelry fascinates me! I’m talking about artsy jewelry pieces, that have more in common with basket weaving, and knotting, than anything traditional.

My friend in Australia, took a week-long class with Mary Hettmansperger. I saw the photos, then immediately rushed out to order as many of her books as I could find (thank you Amazon!).

Mary comes from a weaving background, so it’s only natural that she would be a master at woven jewelry. She’s even written a book on it, “Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping, & Twining with Fiber & Metal”. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Believe me, it is, and I even own the book!! I haven’t actually done any of this, but all that eye candy, makes me happy! That seems to be the way I learn the best! Buy the book, take a quick glance, let it sit for years, pull it off the shelf, get totally absorbed, then become interested in exploring the techniques. Somewhere down the line of course, because I’m not all that fond of self-imposed deadlines, and I also get busy, and forget! I didn’t say that I was practical, did I?

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I am fascinated with her little, woven fibre pieces, but totally in love with her mastery of metal weaving. She works with wire, but also sheet metal, to make some absolutely exquisite pieces of woven jewelry! I’d love to take a class with Mary, but that’s not likely to happen, unless someone can persuade her to come to Toronto. Hint, hint!

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Not woven, but I like these!

Do you know anyone else who works in this type of style? I don’t, but there must be someone else out there. Do you have any recommendations?

When I think of Susan Lenart Kazmer, I think of Ice Resin! However, she also works with metal. I find her recent work to be unique, and interesting, but not something that appeals to me. However, that’s the beauty of art! You don’t need to like everything that an artist creates, but you can take bits and pieces of their techniques, and incorporate them into your own work, or style. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about? Learning is necessary, and creating is cool!

I’m fascinated by the way Susan manipulates wire, by hammering and repeatedly annealing it, until the flat wire is pliable enough to wrap like ribbon (I think that I saw it in her “Making Connections ” book, which I’m lucky enough to own, as it’s stupidly expensive now). Susan is currently using this technique in her Talismans & Prayer Boxes, which are interesting, but certainly not woven jewelry. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to take the wire ribbons, and weave them into other metal? Would that I could, indeed! Do you think that I should buy some sterling silver wire to experiment (BeadFX does carry it)? I wonder which gauge I need?

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I’d better learn how to rivet!

I did not inherit the metalsmithing gene, but I do allow myself to dabble from time to time. Perhaps it’s time to pick up the hammer, and torch, then play with some woven jewelry!! Are you tempted to join me?

2 Comments

  1. Cindy Goldrick

    I took a class with Mary at Bead and Button. It was wonderful and so was she. I’ve tried the weaving with some success and have woven the strips of copper too, dapper them and added them to pendants. Easy enough and so unique.

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