I’ve been working with wire the past couple of weeks. One fascination is how to use wire to capture cabochons. I bought a bag of small glass cabs that remind me of candy. By using light weight craft wire I’ve been able to create some interesting cages.
Here are two:
The blue doesn’t seem to have enough wire wrapped around it’s front but it doesn’t shift. So maybe you don’t have to use quite so much wire as I did on the green one. Though the excessively snaky look is kind of cool.
I built these using a square of wire on the back and joining a much longer piece of wire with coils. The tightening the loose front wires by putting bends in them. Think tightening fences.
back of the wire wrapping
It’s all a bit of a spaghetti disaster while I’m trying to get the two peices of wire attached to each other. Maybe it will get easier with practice.
There is also the question of how to make the top/bail tidy.
First though I have an idea for making the front wires into a star…
I’m taking Jewelry and Metalsmithing 1 at the Pratt Fine Arts Center.
Our first project is a ring. The top is made of a piece of pierced copper soldered to a half dome. Below are pictures of the two tops that I made last week. The pattern is gluesd on with rubber cement and then holes are drilled in the copper so that you can thread a jewelr’s saw through it and make the cuts.
The first ones didn’t quite workout. The rays on the start just wouldn’t stay straight. More practice is clearly the answer.
moon and stars pierced copper
The second piece worked nicely.
tree design pattern
The circle on the front shows where the half dome will be soldered on.
From the top it will look like this.
More next week when I make the dome and learn how to solder things that aren’t carrying electricity.
I’m learning to work with jewelry wire. Here are two recent (beginner) projects.
charm holder and charms, pounded wire leaf link bracelet
On the top a charm holder made of 14 gauge sterling silver and five charms. You can learn to make the charm holder at the Bead Club in Woodinville. It’s a very good use of three hours.
The second piece is a bracelet made of 20 gauge silver filled wire. It’s a variation on the Spiral Bracelet project in Chandler and Ritchey’s Getting Started Making Wire Jewelry and More. The original has a much tighter coil in the center and a coarser texture pounded into the wire. I prefer the looser feel of this one. I’m going to try something similar in heavier wire. This one is too delicate as it stands (sits?)
Also I promise to get some other colors of fabric for taking photographs. All this dusty rose is starting to make a little queasy.
I cleaned out the top drawer in my bedside table. Among the detritus were these.
Ranging form a brass koala given to me by a stranger in San Francisco my freshman year in college to a bottle shaped pin from the Maker’s Mark distillery and about a dozen zoos in between.
It has arrived. On, of course, one of my busy must-be-out-of-the-house-by-10 days. So it languished on the front porch for 6 hours…
I’ll save you the unboxing post. You can have a look here at Engadget’s unboxing. I must say that Amazon has taken a lot of care with the packaging. A very nice experience. (I do have to admit that I am impressed with how well the e-ink photgraphs.)
As I expected there is little or no WhisperNet service here at the house. T-Mobile is the only reliable cell service out here in the dingleweeds. Sprint is one of the worst. I can get a slow signal on the front porch if I face the barn (and juggle blue squirrels, etc.)
I don’t find it that much of an inconvenience. I go to town most days and can stop for a few minutes to download something if I’m feeling too lazy to download via the computer.
Reading on it is a fine experience. The brief reverse image flash as I “turn” pages is a little disconcerting. I expect that after a couple of days I won’t notice it anymore. The adjustable font size id great for accommodating fatigued eyes.
The final version of my photo essay on our chickens is up.
- Click on this running chicken for more pictures!
… someone with the Farckle Gene doesn’t own motorcycles.
Just goes to show you.