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Learning something new

wirewrap beads


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. wirewrap earrings

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.

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  1. Good morning, they look pretty perfect to me and very neat. Plus cute. I have the same problem with WordPress or any online technology, that it doesn’t always do what I want and can be extremely frustrating. I can also spend all day learning how to do something, very satisfying when you crack it though.

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