I am the Wire Ninja!

I am the Wire Ninja!

That’s what one of my friends said to me this morning ūüôā And I will definitely take her word for it, after all¬†she is the¬†Metal Ninja!

Heidi was talking about a different wire weave bracelet but my lovely customer Suzanne would perhaps agree about me being a wire ninja. I hope so anyway!

Suzanne set me off on a path of learning new wire techniques, and it took a while, but on 20th February she finally got her special copper and dark red stone (Garnet) combination bracelet & necklace set.

 

Suzanne-set

This is what Suzanne had to say when she received her jewellery ūüôā

It has just arrived and once again it is more beautiful and elegant then the photos even try to capture.  The detail is just exquisite and the colours of the beads and copper make it looks like it comes from another era, I can not wait to show it to my husband.  You need to put this on your Facebook and web page like now, to show everybody what you can do.

Suzanne-set2

and a close up of the bracelet

Suzanne-bracelet2

So… What do you think?

And of course commissions¬†VERY welcome for the “Suzanne” Necklace and Bracelet as a set or individual piece in the metal and gemstone beads of your choice. Contact me for your own special piece from a bygone era ūüôā

Wire Weaving… It is Addictive!

Wire Weaving… It is Addictive!

Some time ago a customer asked if I could make her a copper and dark red stone combination bracelet & necklace set. She even sent me a picture to show what kind of thing she had in mind, and it was something I have not done before!

Of course I can! But this is a very special lady who has made me try new ideas in the past, and I wanted to do something special for this new piece. 

And that’s why I decided to learn more¬†about delicate wire weaving techniques.¬†

Timeless Wire Weaving by Lisa Barth
This Birthday present was very timely too! Thank you Lisa Barth for writing this fabulous book Timeless Wire Weaving which has given me a lot of help in learning how to join lots of pieces of wire neatly and making sure it is not flimsy.

This is the first finished piece I have done after teaching myself how to weave with wire. What do you think?

Wire-weaving collage

And this has helped me to experiment further and try more ideas. Remember that copper and red stone order I still have to make?

So the journey continues

wire-weaving-experiments

And finally something taking shape that will be used to make that Bracelet and Necklace set for my very patient and inspiring customer in London. 

wire-weaving-herringbone

I have not forgotten about my new passion for coppersmithing and metal forging, but wire is my very special love and trying new ideas in this medium just has to be part of anything I do as I take a few more steps towards launching my new website Shalini Austin Designs sometime soon.