|Adjustable braided bronze ring|
Yesterday, I uploaded quite a few new ring designs in copper, bronze and gold filled wire to my shop. I've actually been quite thrilled with all of them! What's funny is every single one is done 'freehand' rather than with a jig. I always had relied upon a jig to create consistent wire designs, but I've come to the conclusion recently that my designs done freehand are much more interesting.
It's always interesting to revisit a technique after a long absence from it (in this case, wirework), because sometimes you find that you're actually better at it after the break than you were before!
|Bronze wire and pearl ring|
I had always wanted to design my own wire-based pearl rings, and found that I was able to do this quite easily (see ring at right). I suppose this would also work for just about any half-drilled gemstone bead, too. The ring you see at the right here actually features a gorgeous AAA-grade 6-7mm round white pearl.
|Bronze, gold fill & tanzanite crystal ring|
I also created a very similar design to the tanzanite crystal ring in copper with garnet beads as the accents, but in the case of that ring, the use of gold filled wire as the weaving wire (to weave the beads in) created a nice contrast to the red hue of the copper.
|Copper, gold fill & garnet ring|
This brings me to my upcoming projects: I'm working on some new design ideas for bronze, copper, and silver metal clay. Because where I live tends to cut my clay working time very short, I generally have to begin working with a very specific plan. "Playing" is pretty much out of the question because the clay dries out far too quickly. So, please do stay tuned for these new designs--I hope to be using the kiln this week!