Another issue of Step by Step Wire is available – have you seen it? A friend on Instagram let me know when she received her contributor copy – and I was in for a surprise when I saw the cover. I have a wire link necklace in this issue, and it’s rather special to me because it contains fun + whimsical lampwork beads by my long-time friend, Kerry Bogert. I just knew these beads I hoarded for a few years would go to an extra special project! Kerry has a tutorial in this issue as well…. Look for her half-chevron dangly earrings! You’ll be sure to find a great variety of wire projects – check it out and let me know what you think!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun St. Patrick’s Day and week ahead.
- Cindy xoxo
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 first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.
Not too long ago I sat down to create my next project for Step by Step Wire magazine. I had made twisted wire spirals that seemed to make the perfect back drop for something special. I tried stitching a few vintage mother of pearl buttons on to the spirals with thin-gauge wire. The twisted wire around the edges created a nice border. I was inspired to use some of those pretty mother of pearl buttons again that I had saved in a jar! Why wait til the summer to enjoy a little white? We’ve certainly had our share of white this winter here on the East Coast! Our snow days are all used and we’ll be borrowing from summer vacation days before long.
Do you collect mother of pearl buttons? Any two-hole button will do. Gather up a few of your favorite buttons – ceramic, lampwork, vintage or new and create twisted wire + button pendants. You can find this project in the February-March 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire.
- Oxidized spirals before being polished and added to the tumbler -
Thank you for visiting!
- Cindy xoxo
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 first wire jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released by Interweave Press.
Autumn is creeping in, I can’t deny it. Today I actually saw leaves falling to the ground. When I looked down, I couldn’t believe how many dead leaves were already covering the grass. Three of my four kids started school this week. And another sure sign of the changing seasons – the Autumn 2012 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry is out! This has got to be one of my favorite issues ever – I’m psyched to say that many friends have their work published in this one. I enjoyed turning page after page.
I’m excited to have a project featured as well…a wire link bracelet. You can create a wire base in any metal you chose – I used silver, brass, bronze and copper. Once you connect your links, you’ll have a sturdy base to add all sorts of charms. You can keep your bracelet minimal with a few select charms, or pile on all sorts of antique buttons and beads as I did.
One of the featured artists in this issue is Stacie Florer who will be teaching in just a few short weeks at artBLISS. If her earring project caught your eye, you’ll want to learn about metal jewelry fabrication with this fine instructor in person. Her workshops are on the verge of being full though (one is already full), so you’ll want to sign up soon! I can’t wait to see her jewelry in person, as well as the work of all of the instructors, at the Friday night Meet and Greet!