Presenting Easy Wire 2010

by Cindy on June 18, 2010


Are  you new to working with wire?  Or have you been working with wire and are ready to learn a few new techniques?  Easy Wire 2010 hit the shelves this week, and you’ll want to to run to your nearest bookstore and pick up the lastest issue!  Easy Wire 2010 is packed with over 50 ideas to get you started on your creative journey with wire.  The projects are fantastic in this issue… from contributions by the editors of Step by Step Wire Jewelry to my own friend, Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. 

Open up Easy Wire 2010, and you’ll find projects teaching you all of the fundamental wireworking skills:  Wrapped loops, simple loops, spirals, coiling, jump rings and how to add texture.

Simple Loops –  In “Emerald Garden”, I showcased some seriously luscious lampwork beads by Marilyn Jones of Novelty Beads.  I love the metallic finish, and each bead has such pretty details.  I simply added some special Thai silver pieces that I had been saving, along with some sparkly Swarovski crystal.  I used sterling silver wire for the simple loops, and oxidized the piece in liver of sulfur.  This one is available on Etsy.


Texture  – Now here’s a project using some nice and thick 12-gauge copper wire.  You’ve got to put in some effort to bend this wire!  In “Full Circle”, you can hammer the links flat and add what ever details you’d like.  I added detail to the links and washer clasp with simple dots.   Now that I have this piece back, I’ve been wearing it with everything.  I’d love to make one in silver too!


Spirals – One of my favorite wire techniques….creating spirals.  What could be better than creating my favorite flower with wire?  Here are some of the roses in my parent’s garden…and then capturing that color in a necklace that combines both sterling silver chain with copper wire roses and ribbon.  I made a similar necklace as a gift for my son’s Kindergartner teacher.




Adding Texture and CoilingAnother staple for any wireworker…creating coils.  In “Urban Ornament”, coils from 3 different types of wire are added to a textured rectangle blank.  This is a great way to use bits of coil left over from other projects.  Oxidizing this one in liver of sulfur was essential to bring out all of the details in the coiled wire and hammered metal. 


Go grab some copper, brass or sterling wire and get started today!  If you are a wire beginner, please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have.  I’m not expert, but I may be able to point you in the right direction!   Thank you for stopping by the sweet bead studio blog! 🙂


{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Renate June 18, 2010 at 1:31 am

Congratulations, Cindy! How awesome! Love those Urban Ornaments!!!
You go, girl!

Francy June 18, 2010 at 2:34 am

I got it yesterday. Problem is which project to do first!

veronique June 18, 2010 at 3:52 am

Wow Cindy, those one are simply gorgeous ! Love all the projects and the results you show us. Especially the roses necklace and the urban ornaments, like Ren. Need to try some. Thanks for sharing some photos.

Mari Aparicio June 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

Cindy you are an expert!!! beautiful! I will get my copy ASAP!!!

Kerry Bogert June 18, 2010 at 7:00 am

I am so so so freaking stinking excited that you have the Easy Wire cover for the SECOND year in a row!! All these pieces are fantastic and I popped into B&N yesterday to grab my copy. I told the teller that rung me up, “that’s my friend on the cover!! I am so proud of her!!” He thought it was awesome. 🙂 I am thinking I may have to throw together some of those “Urban Ornaments” as teacher gifts.

Christine B June 18, 2010 at 7:13 am

It’s practically the “Cindy Wimmer Shows You How It’s Done” issue! And you’re on the cover!! WOO!

I already made a rose necklace for myself. I’m already thinking of how I could use those cool wire roses in other things…

And the heavy gauge bracelet is another favorite of mine, since I’m so partial to heavy wire anyway…nice!

Congrats on a great showing in the magazine! I am so proud and happy for you!

Shelby June 18, 2010 at 7:24 am

Cindy, I totally disagree…you ARE an expert! Congrats on being on the cover for the second year!! How exciting! I picked this up last week…love your projects, especially the Urban Ornament.

patricia wood June 18, 2010 at 8:26 am

Wonderful projects! Will grab my copy today for sure!!!

Janet McDonald June 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

Ok have to get this your work is always so wonderful Cindy!!!!

LeAnn June 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

Beautiful Cindy! and congratulations.

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp June 18, 2010 at 9:45 am

How is an expert defined? I think perhaps the cover of one of the best wire magazines around would certainly be one way!! You are amazing Cindy! I love every one of those pieces! I am still learning wire work, but I am getting better. Thank Goodness I have you to look up to! 🙂


Brenda June 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

Great jewelry! I’m out to buy a copy this afternoon.

Jeanette June 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm

They are all stunning pieces, as always!

Judy Glende June 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Your pieces are just wonderful, such great photos! Congrats on being in this new publication!

Nicki June 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Ok, you ARE an expert. They are all wonderful, but the pendants in your Urban Ornament project are the top of the mountain – what do I say – the himalaya. I just lvoe those. So simple and so cool. I hate to not be able to get the US beading magazines over here without waiting for weeks after they came out…. Well I guess I’ll wait…. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kayla June 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Oh, wow, look at all those gorgeous pieces! I’ve been meaning to try my hand at wire-work myself soon (I even bought a spool of it from Fire Mountain the last time I ordered from there).
I’ll definitely take you up on that offer to ask questions!

cat kerr June 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Wow Girl you have some gorgeous stuff here…Really beautiful and congrats on the issue.I cant even tell you which one I like the best because they are all stunning.Oh boy…I am so inspired!!Big Hugs-Cat

sharon June 19, 2010 at 8:23 am

Cindy…your accomplishments and creativeness are amazing!! These are all so beautiful!! Each one is simply gorgeous!! A huge hug and congrat’s on the magazine and the COVER!!!! This is exceptional!! I agree that the Urban Ornament is awesome…my favorite!

Lyn Foley June 19, 2010 at 10:47 am

Cindy, you surely keep me interested in learning how to do wire work. Wowowowowow!! What inspiration. How great to be on the cover. Wish I could “pop out” and buy one – will have to wait for an order to arrive, meanwhile I can really enjoy looking at your photos of the projects. Thank you.

Melissa M June 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm

You, my friend, totally rock! I love all of these, and am so proud that you are all over this pub! Now, if I could get off my b-hind and get the gumption to submit something 🙂

Diana Frey June 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Oh Cindy your wirework is always perfection and so inspiring. Congratulations on the publication. And thank you for sharing some of your secrets. Hope you and the family are enjoying the beginning of summer and have a lot of fun times planned with the boys.

Leslie Zabel June 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Ha, I was just looking at the magazine yesterday and saw some work I thought I recognized. As usual, your wirework is FAB-U-LOUS! You really are a great artist that keeps inventing new ideas with wire. And the cover piece…You rock, Cindy!

Sharon P. June 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Just received my issue and WOWSER! You are on fire, girl! Keep those wire projects coming!

Rebecca Anderson June 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I love the heavy gauge of wire you use in your designs – it works so well with the patinas you use, a lovely mix of feminine and vintage. And the lampworks you have used here are just gorgeous! So pretty, as always.

Rebecca x

PS Congratulations on your BaB cover! BEAUTIFUL work!

Jen June 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Cindy, I feel like I know a REAL jewelry-making celebrity because I walked into the new bead shop, picked up this magazine, and then went on and on about what a rockstar you are!!! Whoo hoo!! By the by, my fave is the “Urban Ornament” design because it’s so different than anything else I’ve seen. Plus, the design that’s in the July Bead Trends also shows some movement in the same direction. Can’t wait to follow!!! Take care! Jen

Alice June 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm

They’re all lovely, but I just adore the copper roses! I’ve got to pick up this issue!Congratulations on getting your projects published!

esther June 21, 2010 at 1:35 am

ho woww!! i will try to buy it!! congrats cindy!! i agree with mari!!
love the last picture with the 3 colors !! beautiful!!

vintagesusie June 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

Congratulations on being featured in this fabulous issue!! I just ordered it as I’m getting more & more into making jewelry for my shop, but still need to learn sooooo much more. I LOVE your spiral roses & can’t wait to make some.
Hugs Friend,

Anne Lichtenstein June 21, 2010 at 10:45 am

What great new ideas, I am going to buy that magazine today. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Lewis June 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

I’ve been MIA … but wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your metal jewelry. I was lucky enough to see some of it in person! You’re an inspiration!

Erin Prais-Hintz June 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

OMG! These are all stunning! I love the simple idea of the Urban Ornament. And I must learn how to make those roses. I will have to seek out a copy of this magazine. You are amazing, my friend!
Enjoy the day!

Christine Damm June 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Cindy, I just got my copy and I am just bowled over by your creative contributions! In my humble opinion, your projects just made the issue! You know I already loved the Rose necklace but all the others are so artsy and beautifully crafted, I just wanna put down the clay and grab the pliers! Thanks for sharing your considerable talent with all of us .

Charlene June 21, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Thank you for sharing about the Easy Wire Magazine. It looks 2die4 wonderful!!!! I see many things that I need to look at closer. I’ll be off to purchase this little gem. And also, thank you for your sweet words about my studio in the recent Where Bloggers Create II Event. I had to keep my GRANDS all weekend & I am sooooooooooo far behind in visiting others. Have a great week. Charlene

Becky Caldwell June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

CINDY!!! I just picked it up and GIRL… you are awesome.. Your talents are endless. I just love the roses. What an amazing idea! It is so cool to look the pages of Easy Wire and see all your fantastic designs. Wonderful!

Dawne June 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Hi Cindy! Your work is fabulous! I especially love the spiral flowers – how clever and so lovely. Congratulations!

diane cook June 23, 2010 at 5:50 am

Cindy! Your work is beautiful. I love the spiral roses…what a GREAT idea! And, the wrapped blanks in Urban Ornament, is divine. Congratulations my friend! You soooo deserve it and more =))

Elisabeth Auld June 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

Cindy – I picked up the magazine yesterday and all of your pieces are incredible. So looking forward to ArtBliss in September 🙂

Wendy Peatross June 24, 2010 at 11:10 am

I just got my copy yesterday. It is so fun to see your name all over the magazine. I need to try some of your fun pieces.

Cristina June 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I really love it!!! fantastic!

Tami Campbell July 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I bought the beautiful emerald bracelet~~~~~~~I can’t wait to wear it!!
Everything is OutStanding in this issue!!

Dale July 19, 2010 at 6:09 am

This looks so very lovely! Congrats on being on the cover…

I LOVE the wrapped coils on the Urban pendant. So very charming! Great stuff.

Lisa September 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

How in the world to you manage to make such beautifully perfect circles using 12 gauge wire? I just love working with copper wire, but I’m pretty new, and can’t seem to even make something similar using 14 gauge wire.


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