My path to jewelry making was never a planned route. In a way this non-traditional path has enabled me to experiment and create a bit “out of the box”. I did a lot of things that I probably could’ve (or shoul’dve) done another way if I had proper training. Today, I want to talk about learning something new in my craft.
I just realized recently, that one technique, I should’ve learned, is the wire-wrapping technique. This is a particular technique which secures beads onto findings. Now it sounds like simple enough idea to wrap a bead but as with everything else there is a particular technique to it. In fact, its not as easy as it sounds. It requires a certain dexterity and patience because sometimes the wire doesn’t do what I want it to do. So the whole of yesterday was spent learning and trying to master this technique.
After the umpteenth try, I began to get the technique but I realized too that the real challenge lies in being able to execute the technique flawlessly and consistently. Before I gave up for the night, I wire-wrapped this pair of beads that eventually, I want to turn into a pair of earrings. Its not a bad outcome for a day’s work, but you can see too that I need to work on proportions and making them the same size.
Oh well, learning new things is a way of bringing freshness to my work. It opens up possibilities!
What about you dear friends,what new things have you learned recently? Is there a new skill you want to learn? I’d love to hear from you.