The Creative Process
The jewelry that I create is entirely hand-fabricated using a combination of traditional metal smithing methods, wire weaving and wire wrapping techniques. I take pride in the quality of materials used and the craftsmanship demonstrated in each jewelry piece.
My wire jewelry journey began with learning basic wrapping skills through tutorials and then expanding on those skills through self-teaching. I have been wrapping and weaving wire for about 8 years and have acquired accreditation as a Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
On average, a wire jewelry project takes about 6 to 8 hours. I spend time sketching, gathering materials for the design, and then shaping and weaving the wire. The main challenge with wire jewelry is to keep the gemstone held in place using only the wire. Weaving wire creates a very strong hold, and I never use glue, pins, or any other method for securing gemstones.
My longest running project is the OctoGoddess necklace, which took over 30 hours of weaving to complete. This necklace stayed on my bench for over a year and a half as I worked on other projects in between. It is one of my favorite pieces.
Tools & Materials
I routinely use many different types of pliers and cutters, a jewelers torch, a bench block with a few jeweler’s hammers, a jig, a clamp, a flex shaft, and sometimes a magnifying glass.
The sterling and fine silver wire comes on spools and is cut to certain lengths, shaped by hand, forged using my bench block, sometimes torched, then finished by oxidizing and/or polishing.
All gemstones are purchased in either in person or from my trusted "gem guys" that I've known for years. Selecting healing gemstones is a delicate process that requires travel and sometimes hours of searching and hand-inspection. I have developed strong business relationships with my vendors and usually do not have a problem finding specific stones upon customer request.
The Passion to Create
After trying many different types of Art throughout my life, wire jewelry has become my creative outlet. It is meditative and therapeutic, and can sometimes be obsessive.
Although there are times when projects do not go as smoothly as planned, it is very satisfying to me to solve problems and overcome challenges within the creative process. Sometimes I can do nothing except think of new designs and innovative ways to hold gems in wire.
During the creation of each new jewelry piece, I learn not only about jewelry construction and design, but also new things about myself. Some pieces take many, many hours and give lessons on patience and trust. I feel that every single piece has made a large contribution to the development of my skill set in wire weaving and jewelry design.
Creating jewelry is my passion. It makes me feel that I am doing my part to bring beauty and healing into the lives of individuals as well as to the world. I hope that by owning and wearing my jewelry inventions you will feel a sense of beauty, comfort, and satisfaction within yourself.
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