I’m happily looping and wrapping my way to a new yellow necklace. There is something about the physical process of wire work that is so meditative, relaxing, and therapeutic… like pretty much all other hand crafts. I think that’s a big reason why I enjoy them so much! I’m excited about this necklace because the beads are actually decent quality, which means I’m slowly climbing my way up the jewelry-making ladder. There is so much to learn though!
On that note, I recently picked up two jewelry-making books, both by Sharilyn Miller, which are packed full of wire-working techniques and detailed photography. I like that the books focus on the tools and precise hand movements required to make the various jewelry components, which is perfect for a beginner to really learn the intricacies of the craft. I particularly like that they show you how to make various findings (e.g., earring hooks, jump rings, clasps, and chain) yourself, as opposed to buying pre-made versions. How hardcore is that? I love it!
For the past few nights I’ve been curling up with these books and enjoying all the eye-opening moments of learning completely new skills. I can’t believe I had never tried making jewelry after all these years of crafting! Ah, yet another thing to spend all my non-existent money on… : )
In other crafty news, I went to Home Depot over the weekend (always heaven for do-it-yourselfers like me) and got a brand spanking new roll of duct tape. I can’t wait to slap it all over my apartment! Duct tape may be a quick and dirty way of fixing things, but MAN does it get the job done.
Happy crafting everyone!