Monday, June 22, 2009

Tools of The Trade

I have to admit I love making jewelry and some of my tools are things that I walk past and a little light goes off in my head and I think I can use that. The things that have been very helpful in some of my creations are simple household items.

To make these round earrings I used the top of a nail polish bottle, (the cap). I just wrapped the wire around the cap and pulled it tight to size and there I had a design that I could embellish.


The neck wire was shaped from a candle jar, very gently I formed the circle needed around the glass candle jar, and it made a very nice neck wire. You need to move slowly and carefully when using found items.









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I can make oval links by wrapping wire around tweezes that I have and then cut the wire and the oval links are formed because of the shape of the tweezers end.
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My ear wires are made by actually taking the wire and wrapping it around one of the handles of my jewelry tools. I am a bit unconventional at times but I love the feeling I get when I see something take shape.

You will find items that you can use if you just look around, I will suggest that you try using copper wire first so that you have practice with that till you get the results that you want before moving on to a more expensive wire.

Just wanted to share a creative whim.

“Creative influence comes in all forms shapes and sometimes it is a fleeting thought that can create the most magnificent item, or build a palace.”

LuLu Borealis
6/22/2009

5 comments:

Diary of a Young Designer said...

Neat ideas! It's really clever to use a nail polish bottle to make a ring!

xo
Sophie

SleightGirl said...

Great ideas! You are so creative...love your jewelry too!

cabin + cub said...

I'm always amazed by jewelry makers.. lovely etsy shop!

Sandy said...

Thanks for the tip on oval rings. I like them better than round because they are less apt to slip apart. I've been using pre-made. Now I can try to make my own.

DJ said...

Great idea using a candle jar!

Nice blog here :)