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Wire wizards, help needed


About this design:

Just playing around with wire and beads. Thought the horse eye shape would make great butterflies...they will if I had better wire tallents. Any suggestions?


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  1. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Your wire talent is not that shabby, in fact I think these look pretty darn good to me!! My suggestion to you, is the same that all these wonderful ladies gave to me was practise, practise, practise.. If you go to jewelrylessons.com they have some really awesome tutorials that are really inexpensive and some are even free. I go there a lot, and have learned some pretty cool stuff….good luck and have fun!!! Happy wire wrapping!!

  2. L Richards
    L Richards says:

    Thanks Karen, I’ll keep playing :)

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lauri, these are so cute — great design idea for your butterflies! I recommend the same things as Karen — practice and jewelrylessons.com. Also, if you are able to take a class or two at a local bead store, that often helps polish one’s skills. It sure helped me! :)

  4. Carola
    Carola says:

    I see a lot of pendants and necklaces on the site, but does anyone make pins or brooches?

    Unless I missed some designs, I try to keep up and see all of them.

    Hey, one size fits all!!!

    Because this butterfly would make such a pretty pin.

    I know some people who only want very long necklaces, but love pins.

    Just a thought…..

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Lauri –
    Your design is fabulous!
    Just wondering what gauge wire you’re using.
    I agree with the others. practice, practice, practice. I’d experiment with different gauges of craft wire.

  6. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    This is awesome, Lauri! And the others are right, only way to get better is practice!

  7. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I agree with everyone so far. Your butterfly is lovely, and to get better, practice, practice, practice. I know I’ve gotten frustrated with my wire work attempts. Sometimes I want to throw the spool out the window, especially with the heavier gauges. But I just made a pretty good spiral and strung it on a necklace … also made the clasp. It’s not perfect, but, like your butterfly, pretty darn good.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    I agree with everyone! And Carola I made a couple of pins and brooch for friends never post them sold immedialety.

  9. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    I think this is a fabulous piece Lauri and I know I could not have done this well. Practice is key to anything. I have taken a class but found I oidn’t enjoy it. I think it was too drawn out, but what if you got a longer and tapering tube bead to be the body and then work from there with the rest, just guessing of course. Anyway this piece is wonderful and I think you did a great job and if you don’t want it I will take it and buy it! It is too nice not to use!

  10. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Reminds me of those lovely Luna moths that are only out at night. Too lovely to miss but so wonderful when you do see them!

  11. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    I think your butterfly is fabulous and a great idea. I’m not a great wire worker…not even a medium wire worker, but I tend to agree with everyone else…practice, take lessons……keep on trying!

  12. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Lauri, I love your butterflies! I echo all the chickies’ comments. ;)

  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    How large are your butterflies? What gauge wire did you use? Is there some way a slim tube or bead could be used for the body? It would add to the stability and give it even more umph. I’ve never done anything like this so my advice may be totally impractical. But like everyone else has said…practice, practice, practice and if you get overwhelmed because your ideas aren’t working the way you want them to, don’t despair, don’t throw it out the window, don’t smash it to bits or crumple it up into a messy wire ball. Hide it for a week! That will give you time to calm down then look at it and see what you did and not be so focused on all of the things that didn’t work the way you had envisioned. I promise you will be able to view it in a more rational manner. I speak from MANY MANY MANY years of experience with many things that didn’t turn out right or were just plain AWFUL! Right now I have a pile of mangled wire with enough bits and pieces I could probably make a a good fence about 6 feet high. :)

  14. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Nancy (LRC) has good advice about putting a piece aside for awhile and then looking at it with fresh eyes. Sometimes actually stepping back physically (not just psychologically) helps, too — gives you a different perspective on a piece.

    Nancy, that would be quite an interesting looking fence…..tee hee 8O

  15. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Well, you know how it is with us artists… We are after IMPACT! Good, bad, or indifferent :)

    BTW, Lynn, I’ll take a picture of the fence just as soon as I finish which will probably be never but one has to preserve the illusion of really being able to work with anything! You know the old saying: ” I’ve done so much for so long with so little now I can do anything with NOTHING!” :D

  16. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    ROTFLOL — Nancy, I just LOVE that saying!!! :D

  17. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Just like the girls said, practice!! Good try!!!!

  18. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    I’m with them! :)

  19. L Richards
    L Richards says:

    Thanks everyone!! I am using a random thin wire, I think thinner than 22. Didn’t want to go and ruin some good sterling first. I did these about 3 weeks ago, just did the photos last week… they in the project box, but I think they are about 3 inches by 3 inches.

    Pins would be a good use. I might have a large rice bead I could try for the body… I also thought about them as plant ornaments or sun catchers…

    Again, thanks so much everyone. I will try again soon, and post them so we can check the porgress.

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