I had a couple of hours to spend in my studio this week. I spent of an hour or so fiddling with my still-new-to-me rolling mill and it is getting easier to create an impression on the metal! One of these days, I am going to find some bravery and slip some sterling through this thing...that day has not yet arrived! However, the copper is working!
I made a couple of nice long sheets of patterned metal. So, I cut some small tabs, added a hand cut and set tube rivet, and then added a slight curve to the tab. They look wonderful with these gorgeous Lapis Lazuli rounds, don't they?
I can actually "feel" the texture on the copper - which makes this girl very happy!
After these were complete, I was itching to go back "to my basics" of wire wrapping. So, I pulled out this incredible strand of lampwork beads by Judith Billig.
Judith named these beads Batik Sherbert - isn't that name perfect? My mother, the quilter, uses lots of batik fabric, and this title reminds me of that beautiful textile. I did not want a complicated design, as I want the eye to follow the beads. After vacillating between using copper or sterling, I chose copper - to complement the pale orange of the beads. Instead of just plain-old wire wrapping, I took a bunch of copper wire and twisted it first, prior to wrapping.
Note - twisted wire becomes quite fidgety when wrapping! Definitely not a quick project, but I am so glad I went this route! The texture created from the twisted wire is what I was after. The focal is wrapped with square wire - twisted - while the beads are wrapped with double strands of round wire. I found a perfectly shaped ornate copper bead and paired it with one of the larger lentils to create a small pendant.
I also used two strands of wire - twisted - for the clasp - and fused the ends for a smooth finish (don't want that to unravel)!
I just love how this necklace turned out! If you are reading this Judith, thank you for your art!!! (This necklace has sold - thank you!)
I am headed out the door shortly - taking my mom to get her first contact lens! I used to be a contact lens wearer, until I was around 35 years old and my eyes decided to never create tears again. I sure hope she can get that sucker in and out of her eye without my help, as I may prove useless!
A scorcher weather-wise - cannot wait to get back home to my basement where it is so cold I need to wear a sweatshirt to keep warm!! Thank you so much for stopping by - have a fabulous day!