Are you bored with the wire work yet? I know I keep posting about it but I can't get enough of it. This week I finished this set where each bead is caged in twisted wire. I hand twisted the wire (me and power tools would be a dangerous combination!) and the spirals so the set literally took hours. Decided not to sell them as the time they took would make them so expensive, and there's always a chance that the twisted wire might snap on knitwear - I wouldn't want to be responsible for ruining someones warm woollen sweater! Those are just excuses because I want to wear the set myself ;-) I did make an extra pair of earrings - they'll be going in the shop soon.
Also this week, I invested in a wire coiling gizmo machine. What an excellent toy! I can now waste hours at the table turning the handle until I'm mesmerised! The first real results are these earrings. I thought the coiled wire looked a bit festive, so I added ruby and green chrysocolla rondelles. What do you think?
I always like to support the poppy appeal, but at the moment haven't ventured into brooches. So thinking outside the box, I had a go at some poppy earrings in ruby red jade, onyx and emerald. They don't lie flat - naughty little gemstones! - but that does give them a quirky little 3D feel! There's a donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal with each purchase too, so you can wear these poppies with pride. Why have one poppy when you can have two?!
Quite a busy week, and I managed to fit in a project management exam as well. Actually most of these makes were a diversion from revising for that exam if I'm honest. So if I haven't passed, at least I have something to show for it!!!
Here's the link to see what others handmade crafters have been doing this week.