With Beadalon's acquisition of Artistic Wire, I'm suddenly surrounded with a rainbow of wire everyday. How could I not get the itch to try it?
So, I tackled this project like any other, I dove right in with no direction and no idea what I was doing. I floundered around for a while, checking my beading library for patterns, looking in back issues of Step By Step Wire, surfing the Internet looking for inspiration. Nothing really got my fingers excited about wrapping until I found the gorgeous Adjustable Rose Ring Tutorial by my new friend Kiki - Borneo Queen. I got it, and started wrapping right away.
The instructions are clear and she has some great tips for keeping the framework even. It was surprisingly easy to make up, once I got the hang of it. For my first attempt, I used bare copper in 20-gauge and 28-gauge, but I think my second combination worked better for me: 18-gauge and 30-gauge red. By my third rose, the basket weave was a lot more even and took a lot less time. The next one will be perfect!
Things I've learned so far:
1. I'm a better teacher than I am a student.
2. Using a fingernail to tighten wraps with 30-gauge wire will ruin a manicure in a New York minute.
Next time: Making a leaf to complement my chain of roses.
- Meredith Roddy for Beadalon