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Step by Step Wire April/May

by Cindy on March 17, 2014

 

Step by Step Wire 2014

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! :-)

Step by Step Wire - Cindy Wimmer

Step by Step Wire Cindy Wimmer

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fun St. Patrick’s Day and week ahead.

- 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 first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.

 

 

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Winter Whites

by Cindy on January 28, 2014

Vintage mother of pearl

Hello!

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 Wire Spirals by Cindy Wimmer

- Oxidized spirals before being polished and added to the tumbler -

 

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

Thank you for visiting!

- Cindy xoxo

 

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 first wire jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released by Interweave Press.

 

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Autumn BAJ

by Cindy on September 6, 2012

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!

- Cindy

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Try a 3-In-One Necklace This Summer!

by Cindy on July 14, 2012

 

Hello!

I’m so pleased to feature a project from the Aug./Sept. issue of SBS Wire.  Have you seen this issue?  I’m away from home so I didn’t see my copy but happened upon it at Michael’s last night.  I pulled the boys over to check it out ….thankfully they are patient, for a time,  when I go in to jewelry-talking-mode (and you know what I mean).

Pura Vida is a two-part project recently shown in Easy Wire.  Big, bright Tibetan beads are wire-wrapped in an easy-to-do asymmetrical necklace.  Little did I know how they would be used when I bought those beads last year at Bead and Button.

 

Wear the Tibetan necklace alone, or pair it with a silver necklace made of handmade wire links.  The twisted wire adds texture and depth.  When you wear just the chain, the turquoise beads around the back will be hidden behind your neck.  You can go from chunky to simple and classic.

 

Create the illusion of layers with two completely independent necklaces!

 

Be sure to check out this issue of SBS Wire to see the work of two artBLISS instructors!  Stacie Florer and Kerry Bogert will be teaching workshops from metal work to lampwork this September in the greater Washington DC area.  Personally, I love how this issue represents a few circles in my life – so neat how it all ties together:  jewelry + friends.

- Cindy

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Wrapped, Stacked & Layered Challenge

by Cindy on April 21, 2012


Tracy Statler of Make Bracelets issued a challenge, one that caught the eye of many of us in this jewelry community.  We were challenged to make a collection of bracelets, stacked-wrapped-and-layered – sound like fun?  In Tracy’s words:

The trend of wrapped, stacked and layered bracelets has been around for awhile and it shows no signs of stopping!  Bracelets of all kinds mixed together in new and unique ways are bigger than ever. The coolest part is this bracelet layering Paloozza can be adapted for all styles!

 

For my stacked, wrapped & layered bracelet collection, I narrowed down the daunting realm of possibilities by picking a color scheme and components that I knew I wanted to work with.  I paired both bronze and brass metals with mother of pearl to create an eclectic yet cohesive grouping of bracelets.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to try a few new techniques – it was like each bracelet was a mini lab experiment.

 

After taking the mesh bangle class last weekend at Bead Fest, I was interested in seeing what SilverSilk was all about out on the showroom floor.  Now we didn’t use SilverSilk in class, but rather vintage mesh chain.  The Silver Silk chain is somewhat similar though and is made with very fine knitted wire.  They offered a kit that is much like the leather wrap bracelets that are popular now.  I loved this alternative – incorporating wire rather than the traditional leather version…I added a bronze wire hook clasp.

 

In this next set of bracelets, I did use a bit of faux suede and knotted it with new brass beads I bought last weekend from Hands of the Hills.  The clasp is plump, round antique button.  For the wire bangle, I attached a vintage mother of pearl buckle to a piece of half-round red brass wire that was first tumbled smooth.

 

I love how this next bracelet turned out…what could be better – the combination of sari silk ribbon and old rhinestone chain!  If you’d like to learn how to make a braided bracelet like this, check out the fabulous tutorial on Miss Lovie’s blog right here.

 

I just had to mix in some straight wirework.  I used brass wire for this bangle, along with new rose bud components from Hands of the Hills (can you tell I spent a bit of time in their booth at Bead Fest?).  You can find my tutorial to make a similar wire bangle in Denise Peck’s book, Wire Style 2.

 

I really had fun with this next bangle.  I’m drawn to jewelry that combines old bits and pieces with a touch of fiber.  In this bracelet, I used a brass strip as the base to stitch old mother of pearl and rhinestone buttons.  I even stitched on a few seed beads.  That’s what I loved about this challenge – the excuse to purposely mix things up!

 

Thank you, Tracy, for hosting this FUN challenge!

The list of Challenge participants – let’s see how everyone stacked and layered their bracelets!

 

makebraceletsblog.com

ahteesblog.blogspot.com

songbeads.blogspot.com

sadafulee.blogspot.com

beadlolabead.blogspot.com

stringsattachedcindi.blogspot.com

carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

cathiecarroll.blogspot.com

pinterest.com/chrisdeweerd

beatnheart.blogspot.com

 

storiestheytell.blogspot.com

tellyourgirlfriends.com

mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

copperdiem.blogspot.com

copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com

greenshoot.blogspot.com

twentytwelve-mmxii.blogspot.com

delle56.blogspot.com

elizabeth-marengoalhajas.blogspot.com

treasures-found.blogspot.com

 

erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com

ferrarioriginalsyahoocom.blogspot.com

facebook.com/handcraftedserenity

PaisleyDesignStudios.com

pixiloo.blogspot.com

hintjewelry.blogspot.com

silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com

daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com

jazzierich.blogspot.com

site.jkdjewelry.com/blog

 

jeanetteblix.com

glassaddictions.com

jerrisjems.com

howienjoylife7997.blogspot.com

overthemoon-design.com

katerichbourg.com

pinterest.com/kk0725/stack-it-up-bracelets/

kimmykats.com

kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com

lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

 

 

lelamccracken.blogspot.com

etsy.com/shop/goingtribal

inspiredadonments.blogspot.com

lorelei1141.blogspot.com

freshbakeddesigns.wordpress.com

lindysdesigns.blogspot.com

maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com

maureenmeanswell.blogspot.com

maybejustperhaps.blogspot.com

beadrecipes.wordpress.com

 

tekaandzoe.blogspot.com

miri100.blogspot.com

melissameman.blogspot.com

kenshostudio.com

beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.com

havanabeads.blogspot.com

eclecticteaenshrinements.blogspot.com

roxidesigns.blogspot.com

stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com

thestudiosublime.com

 

sandivolpe.com

sharondriscoll.blogspot.com

sedillohillstudio.blogspot.com

sunshinebliss.com

sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

MiShelDesigns.com

aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com

blueberrycrazy.deviantart.com/gallery

uniqueboutique-creativetouch.blogspot.com

starhitchedwagon.blogspot.com

 

terrabeadworks.com

theresestreasures59.blogspot.com

sweetbeadstudio.com  (you are here!)

missyrappaport.blogspot.com

mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com

fredbeansnook.com/blog

Thank you for stopping by!

- Cindy


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