Adding all sorts of things – like turquoise! – to wire

by Cindy on April 2, 2015

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.

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.

Elizabeth April 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Beautiful and aspiring as always!

Michelle April 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Absolutely beautiful, Cindy! So many nice connectors, esp like the tubes with turquoise rondelles and of course those knots.

Hope all is well.

Shaiha April 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Your designs are beautiful and as inspiring as usual! I really need to find the time to play with making some links.

Sandy April 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Stunning creations! I have slowly been working my way through your book learning to make a variety of awesome links, love it! I hope you have a blessed Easter!

Ashley Ashton April 7, 2015 at 10:12 am

I really do just love your work, Cindy! So creative, well executed, and beautiful – love all the turquoise too! 🙂

Lynda April 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Wondering what you’ve been up to, Cindy! Quite a lot, I see. Love the variety of your interests and work in this post. That last piece is a stunner…beautifully designed and executed piece. Your mastery of wire shows in every inch.

Lori Anderson April 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm

I’m so in love with all of these!

Janet McDonald April 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

Hi Cindy its always so Lovely to see what you’re up to! My you have mastered the art of wire wrapping and wonderful designs! Congrats also on your being in JA! Thinking of you too…:P

Christine Damm May 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Cindy, SO great to see your newest designs online! Your usual deft touch and amazing imagination are definitely at work here– you transcend the expected uses of turquoise and silver to create something that lures the eye to travel around and revel in the opulence of these materials in all their myriad forms. I also love the bangles– it still amazes me how you take the simplest concept and give it — literally– a unique twist. So elegant and wearable. Can’t wait to try the one with the focal stone using one of my polymer elements.

Melissa May 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Cindy, stumbled over a Craftsy tutorial featuring you and realized I haven’t heard from you in ages except on Instagram! Love all these gorgeous designs, especially the bangles and all that turquoise! Glad to see you are still hard at work designing unique pieces and raising handsome boys to men! Love you!

Melissa Meman

Drew May 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

The vintage button necklace is by far my favorite out of all of these. Great use of different things you find just laying around the house.

AfriArtisan June 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Very beautiful work and an excellent visual capture. What has been your biggest challenge?
We are just starting up and some days its overwhelming.

Caroline June 19, 2015 at 2:48 am

Oh my days, your creations are absolutely stunning. Every one! Particularly the turquoise & silver (must be my favourite combo)…. What is utterly amazing is your wire work. I am a beginner to this so want to be able to do everything NOW? Lol. I appreciate the basics must be learnt & practiced but I am not known for my patience. Your pieces are so so inspiring & I only wish I could create something even close. I am totally new to your blog & so don’t know how easy it will be to get your book “missing links”, I am in UK. Will of course research & hopefully be able to Sig
Sign up to follow you! Ty so much for making me very very envious! Wow!!

Roxanne July 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Absolutely stunning work!! I am dying for the moving truck to bring my “studio”…I only had room for “really special” stones, etc in my SUV driving from NC to ND! I am going thru withdrawal…????
You are incredibly gifted, my dear!

Jessica Washburn July 7, 2015 at 2:15 am

Hi Cindy, You have shared a beautiful creation; I am impressed with your work. I will definitely recommend your creative design to my friends.

Cindy August 5, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Thank you so much, Jessica! 🙂

Cindy August 5, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Roxanne, thank you! Best of luck to you in ND in your new studio! 🙂

Cindy August 6, 2015 at 1:04 am

Thank you! It does feel good to use some of the buttons I’ve collected…so much better than sitting in a jar on the shelf! 🙂

CeCe Ochs August 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

Hi Cindy,
I truly love your book, The Missing Link. It is always the one I reach for first.
Thank you

Cindy August 22, 2015 at 12:51 am

CeCe, thank you so much for the huge compliment! So glad you love the book!! 🙂

Janet Bocciardi September 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Brilliant Cindy! Great post. I love every single piece. The turquoise one is truly a collector’s necklace. You’d never get tired of looking at it and I bet you’d see something new each time you looked.

BJ Samuels September 28, 2015 at 5:11 pm

love,love you work. The use of componets is great and your wire work is beautiful.

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