There’s no gold like Faux Gold …

… like no gold, I know. Actually – I know there is no gold in faux gold, but the point is not the gold, the point is that this is a gold-colored alloy wire that looks like gold all the way through – unlike color-coated wire – which shows a copper core when cut. This is ParaWire’s new Faux Gold wire line-up, which, even when you look at the cut end, appears to be a solid color all the way through. It is also very consistent in color across the sizes, and is a rich, convincing gold color.     …

Big Wire – Big Crimps

New this week, Big Braided Wire, and crimps to join the ends. Here’s a cool idea – you can join the ends of this heavy, braided wire with crimps, to make a bangle bracelet!   It’s easy to do – size the wire to fit your wrist – it needs to go over the widest part of your hand – so 9-10 inches, and slide one of these large crimps halfway onto the end, and crimp, and then slide the other end of the wire into the crimp and crimp the other half! Easy peasy. (If you are adding beads …

Getting to know…Giovanna Paz

Giovanna Paz has brought us a whole new way to crochet wire! She has been teaching eager students Peruvian wire crochet to create amazing jewellery. Since childhood, Gio has been creating jewellery. “I loved to wear it; it was just a part of me,” says Gio. “When I was in school I loved drawing. As a teenager I did lots of cross stitch. I used to make my own patterns and create pictures of infants and other designs for home decoration.” “I learned my craft by taking several courses in Peru and then by playing around with various crochet patterns,” …

Crocheting with Beads

Just had to squeal with delight about the class I taught tonight: Wire Crochet Choker. Ten lovely women signed up for spending their Friday night with me at beadFX. Who could ask for anything more? Well, George Clooney was not available… This was the first time I taught the class with a supply list instead of pre-packaging a kit. Students chose their own wire, beads and findings before the class started and could spend as little or as much as they wanted. It was interesting to see all the choices made. Size 6 Czech seedbeads, pearls, Swarovski Elements galore. Gemstone …