I guess I should start this blog with a little bit about why I'm here.
I have always been a creative soul, colour and form are immensely important to me, and from the earliest days I have reveled in the ability to create. Drawing writing, making music, all played a large part of my childhood.
I started making jewellery about eight years ago, simply stringing seed beads and cheap glass beads onto silk thread in patterns I found pleasing. I loved the soothing and satisfying feeling generated by watching the patterns build up:
|I used to love the methodical act of picking up these tiny little seed beads, it gave me a wonderful chance for some deep thinking!|
And I had that magic thought - 'I could make that!'
I brought myself some cheap as chips mini jewellery pliers, looked up a few free tutorials and taught myself the basics of wire-wrapping. I was hooked!
|Haha, this photo is such a blurry mess!|
|I know, I know, awful photos! But hopefully you can get some idea of what I have been producing :)|
Then I stumbled upon Eni Oken's jewelrylessons.com. I was amazed by the varied and fabulous forms wire could be manipulated into. I was o gob-smacked by the beautiful work displayed there that I actually became a little bit dismayed, my work seemed pretty worthless next to all that wizardry! I'm sad to say that at this point I hung up my pliers for a while and therefore I became Incredibly Grumpy (the Boyfriend can tell you what I'm like when I'm not letting of creative steam!).
Luckily I was rescued when my mum, fed up with the Incredible Grumpiness, brought me some books on wire working that showed me a whole new pile of skills! I think I will leave writing about that until tomorrow though, as this post is loooooong, and I need to take more cruddy photos ;)