Wire Designs

by Cindy on August 22, 2015


So nice of you to visit my little corner of the world.  We’ve been off enjoying summer – travel to exotic places (pictures to come), the beach, and just soaking up my favorite season for as long as possible. I hope you’re enjoying summer too!  Before I wait another day, today I’m posting pictures of jewelry that was published in Stampington’s Jewelry Affaire.


Wirework necklace by Cindy Wimmer


This is a wirework twist of a charm-holder necklace.  I included some of my favorite stones – from smoky quartz to little brass cubes.   It was fun creating all sorts of dangles using a seed-bead embellished vintage key and a herringbone wrapped faceted bead.  I used faux leather suede to finish the necklace, complete with a wirework clasp.


Wirework necklace by Cindy Wimmer


Now how about a sweet pair of wirework hoops?  The coiled wire adds a bit of texture, framing a carved mother of pearl flower.

Wirework earrings by Cindy Wimmer


** I’ll be teaching how to make these earrings locally in VA at Stars Beads this Fall.  We’ll review wirework essentials such as simple loops and wrapped loops, along with coiling techniques.  I’ll also show a simple step to adding patina to brass wire.  Come join me! **


Wirework earrings by Cindy Wimmer


I had been saving this graduated strand of turquoise beads for quite some time.  I decided to make a completely handmade focal just for these special beads.  I used sheet metal to create a semi-circle, and added texture.  Coiled wire adds great dimension – here I used several gauges of sterling wire along with twisted wire, wrapped around the crescent.


Metal, Wire and turquoise necklace by Cindy Wimmer


Layers of turquoise and silver!  Just for fun, I combined necklaces from my previous blog post.  They were all created as a collection.  There’s one more necklace to this collection – will post that one soon!


Wire and metalwork necklaces by Cindy Wimmer


You can find these designs and instructions in Jewelry Affaire.  Thanks for stopping by!

– Cindy

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her best-selling jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was released in the Fall, 2013.




Jewelry by Cindy Wimmer


With the change in season, Spring issues of the latest jewelry magazines are popping up.  With all the activities in the last few months, I neglected to share pictures of my jewelry designs that were featured in the Jewelry Affaire Winter 2015 issue.  I’ve gathered up photos that I took myself before I sent my jewelry to the wonderful people of Stampington.

Wire wrapped bangle by Cindy Wimmer

Here is a bronze wire-wrapped bangle.  I wanted to showcase a simple rough-cut rutilated quartz bead.  I’m hoping to find more stones like this when I ever get to a bead show again.

Wire wrapped bangles by Cindy Wimmer

In this wire-wrapped bangle, I challenged myself to take a link from my book, The Missing Linkand turn it into a bracelet!  The entire bangle base is one length of wire, and 3 gauges of wire were used.  Shown here in sterling, brass, and a copper and sterling wire mix.

Last year, I found this amazing antique button.  It was just sitting there on a table mixed with all sorts of stuff.  The button stood out with its beautiful cut steel, brass, and mother of pearl details.  I held on to it, waiting to make something special.  For this necklace, I stitched a few favorite mother of pearl buttons on to brass stampings and used brass wire to connect the button links together.  The antique button was used as an off-center focal.

Vintage mother of pearl button necklace by Cindy Wimmer

Mother of pearl wirework necklace by Cindy Wimmer

For this next assemblage-style bracelet, I gathered up all sorts of vintage bits and baubles that I had been collecting.  I found the antique monogrammed locket at my favorite antiquing stomping grounds in PA, just like the button.  An old watch face, vintage buttons, keshi pearls, rhinestone earrings, brass stampings, silk ribbon and even an old dog tag were used to create this sentimental bracelet.

Vintage mixed media bracelet Somewhere in Time by Cindy Wimmer ~ Winter 2015 Jewelry Affaire

Vintage mixed media assemblage bracelet by Cindy Wimmer

This next necklace was designed to wear alone or with a layer of other necklaces.  I wanted to create the look of a soldered bezel by just using wire.   I cut out a small sterling disc with my disc cutter, added texture, and wrapped a turquoise bead on to the surface with wire.  As with just about all of my wirework, I used liver of sulfur to oxidize the finished piece.

Petite turquoise sterling silver necklace by Cindy Wimmer

This last necklace is my favorite style to design, and it is a time-consuming but enjoyable process.   I’ve made designs like this in the past, in my Collector’s Club style (going way back here).  I wanted to showcase a stone that I just love – turquoise – with handmade wire links and a mix of Hilltribe silver beads.  Instructions on how to make several of these links are shown in step-by-step detail in The Missing Link.  When I designed this necklace, I started with individual link units and put them together like a puzzle – looking for the right balance. The necklace plays double duty and can be worn long, or as a two-strand necklace.  Here is a before shot –

Turquoise and wire links by Cindy Wimmer

And Ta Daaaa –

Turquoise and sterling silver wire link necklace by Cindy Wimmer

Turquoise and wire link necklace by Cindy Wimmer

Double strand turquoise and wirework necklace by Cindy Wimmer

If you’d like to see these designs, as well as those made by an amazing gathering of jewelry designers, you should still be able to find a copy in the stores.  They may be replaced now by the Spring 2015 issue.  You can also purchase a copy online at the Stampington site, just click the image below.

Jewelry Affaire Winter 2015


Have a wonderful Easter week!

~ Cindy XOXO


Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her best-selling jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was released in the Fall, 2013.


I’ve been all over the world but I had never been to Texas (changing planes in the airport doesn’t really count). Earlier this year we decided that Texas was too big of a state to be ignored and we took the family on vacation.   We were ready for an adventure – to visit some of my husband’s family and to see some of the many sites that make Texas famous.


I’ve gathered up some of our favorite memories from our trip and want to share my list of 10+ things to see and do in Texas. Maybe, like us, you’ve never been and you’ll see what you’ve been missing.  Or maybe these photos will bring back memories of your own travels through the lone star state.  It was sure worth the trip from Virginia!


Texas - with view of Mission

1.  Good ole American nostalgia – The Dr. Pepper Museum.

I thought I’d throw an unexpected one out first.  We had no idea we’d be stopping in to visit the home of  America’s oldest soft drink brand.  I was drawn in by the 100+ year old building in the old manufacturing district of Waco. We learned about how a young pharmacist invented this drink and served it at the old corner drug store.


Dr. Pepper Museum - Waco, TX

Now and then – over a century ago.


Dr. Pepper facility vintage photo

Speaking of days gone by, I stopped to take a picture of this 1960’s era sign in Waco.  Kim’s Hamburgers continues the tradition of old Texas diners.


Vintage burger sign in Waco, TX

2.  San Antonio River Walk

Paseo del Rio, also known as the River Walk, is a beautiful destination I heard about many times.  The cypress tree-lined walkways follow along the San Antonio River.  You’ll find many shops and restaurants along the way through downtown San Antonio. It happened to be SO cold the evening we were there, but I can imagine how beautiful it would be in the spring and summer!

 The Riverwalk at night

3.  San Fernando Cathedral

The San Fernando Cathedral played a role in the 1836 siege of the Alamo (it is 800 yards away).  The cathedral was founded in 1731, and is the oldest continuous religious community in the state of Texas. The impressive stained glass windows were added in 1920.   Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral in 1987.

  San Fernando Cathedral   San Fernando cathedral stained glass       Airplants

We stopped to notice the cool air plants in the trees – so amazing how they grow without soil.  Not something we see back home in the cooler state of VA.

4.  SeaWorld San Antonio

Definitely a fun day outdoors – although when we were visiting there happened to be a rare “arctic blast” passing through Texas!  The kids enjoyed the roller coasters and we all enjoyed the dolphin and killer whale shows.


Recycled penquin sculpture at Sea World, TX

We were taken in by two fantastic sea-life sculptures on exhibit at the the park – both made from plastic marine debris!  The Washed Ashore Project is a non-profit organization that teaches environmental issues through art.  90% of the debris collected from the beaches by staff and volunteers are petroleum-based plastic.  98% of this trash is then used to create marine-life sculptures.  Over the past 4 years, over 12 tons of debris has  been collected and more than 45 sculptures have been created.

Washed Ashore project Sea World, TX       Recycled sculpture at Sea World, TX   Dolphin show at Sea World, San Antonio TX   Being silly at Sea World, TX     Rollercoaster quotation   Rollercoaster, Sea World

5.  The Alamo

The Alamo was originally known as  Mission San Antonio de Valero and founded in 1718.  The Battle of the Alamo (1836) played a pivotal role in the Texas Revolution – the fight for Texas’ independence from Mexico.  The popular battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!” was used by Sam Houston when he defeated Gen. Santa Anna a few weeks later at San Jancinto, winning independence for Texas.

The Alamo  San Antonio, TX

5.  The Five Spanish Missions of San Antonio

Visiting the individual missions brought back memories of our time living in the Monterey Bay, CA area.   The Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio date back to the 18th century, and were established as an outreach of the Spanish government and the Catholic church.  Four of five are still active Catholic parishes.

Mission Conception Texas

Mission Concepcion (1731)

Mission San Jose - San Antonio, TX

 Mission San Jose (1720)

Mission San Jose Indian Quarters and kiln

Living quarters for the Native American Indians – with kiln.


Mission Espada - San Antonio, TX   Unusual wooden door at the Mission Espada

Mission Espada (1731)


6.  South Congress (SoCo), Austin

South Congress Ave. in Austin is a happening, eclectic strip of restaurants and shops.  Diane Cook, a mixed media jewelry artist (who loves vintage finds and who is a contributor to my book),  had mentioned the shop Uncommon Objects many times over the years and I knew that if I ever made it to TX, I’d have to find this shop!  Uncommon Objects is even listed as a source in The Missing Link, as Diane found the gorgeous art deco brooch focal for her “Green with Infinity” necklace in this shop. I could have stayed in the shop for hours – it was packed with all sorts of treasures – more than I could have imagined.  I really liked how the items in the shop were grouped by color – so there were whole sections of blue, pink, red….

Uncommon Objects Austin, TX

Uncommon Objects store window

Vintage Blessed Mother statue at Uncommon Objects

Store window in Austin, TX

We stopped in the landmark shop – Allen’s Boots.  I felt like I just couldn’t leave TX without stopping by this massive boot-lovers shop.  I can’t believe I made it out without splurging on a pair!


Allen's Boots in Austin, TX

7.  Space Center Houston

We traveled on to Houston to visit my husband’s sister and her family. Space Center Houston was a must-see while in TX.  We’re not the only ones – the center recently reached it’s 17th millionth visitor milestone.

NASA space suit

NASA robotics on the Intl. space station

NASA space shuttle control



8.  Kemah Boardwalk

The Kemah Boardwalk, along the shores of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake, is just about 30 miles from Houston. Even though it was chilly, the 60-acre boardwalk was a great destination for the 6 cousins to get out and about and have fun.  They rode the wooden roller coaster, double decker carousel and battled the fierce winds of the hurricane simulator.


Kemah Boardwalk   Kemah Boardwalk hurricane simulator Carousel at Kemah boardwalk

Have you ever seen a 28-foot double decker carousel?

At the wooden rollercoaster   Kemah, TX

 My husband with Melanie, one of his six sisters.

9.  Fredericksburg, The Texas Hill Country

We were advised to take the scenic drive to “Texas hill country” by several people.  We were glad we stopped by Fredericksburg, a town founded in 1846 by German immigrants.  It was the warmest afternoon we had during our TX trip – perfect for a stroll along main street.  Our 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson and naval Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz are both originally from Fredericksburg.

Shops in Fredericksburg, TX   Turquoise jewelry in a shop window, Fredericksburg TX   Boots in a shop window in Fredericksburg, TX

Once my husband discovered the National Museum of the Pacific War, it was the last I saw of him for the afternoon.  As a fellow graduate of the Naval Academy, he is incredibly interested in Admiral Nimitz  and his museum,  recognizing him as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet during World War II.

Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, TX     Admiral Nimitz home in Fredericksburg, TX     Outside of the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, TX     Exploring outside of the Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg TX

I know there is so much more to see and do in Texas.  We’ll have to save the rest for another adventure in the lone star state!  Thank you for coming along this sight-seeing journey with me.

Here’s to more adventures in 2015!

– Cindy xoxo


Cindy Wimmer Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her best-selling jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was released in the Fall, 2013.


Merry Christmas!

by Cindy on December 25, 2014


Handmade card by M.B.

A special handmade, hand-stamped + colored holiday card featuring copic inks and mercury glass paper
by a dear artist and friend, Maureen.


Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas,

Happy Holidays, and all the best this holiday season!

XOXO – Cindy







A New Wire Design

by Cindy on November 25, 2014


Designing with coiled wire by Cindy Wimmer

Looking for wire jewelry ideas and inspiration?  My last project as Step by Step Wire Featured Designer 2014 can be found in the Oct./Nov. issue. I’m sharing a project with coiled wire –  a technique I’m drawn to time and time again.  To create this project, I drew inspiration from the Majorette link that is featured in my wire book, The Missing Link.  I changed the ends of the link, added two types of metal, and added a coiled strand of wire.

Coiled wire variations by Cindy Wimmer

Here you can see I took a prototype and made variations.  For one, I carefully shaped the wires into a bangle bracelet.  It’s a good idea to tumble this one to help work-harden and reinforce the curved shape.

Coiled wire bracelet by Cindy Wimmer

For the tutorial, I show you how to create a one-of-a-kind wire bail.  I pulled out a special, Hilltribe silver flower pendant that I’ve held on to for years.  It was time to show it off on its own special bail.  This project is versatile – you can mix the wire or not.  Add chain or add leather.  In this project, I used micro-fiber instead of leather cording. Hope you have fun with this one and add your own personal twist!

Wire necklace by Cindy Wimmer

 Thank you for stopping by and visiting my little corner of web.

Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her best-selling jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was released in the Fall, 2013.




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