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« on: August 11, 2007 01:10:36 PM »

Thanks to seeing all the amazing things everyone here makes (you guys rock!), I've been inspired to try my hand at making wire jewelry.  Nothing too fancy, but I think I may be hooked!

I made this one for my sister about a month ago (I'm lazy when it comes to pictures!)


This is the first necklace I made for myself, and it's still my favorite... even though there are probably things I could do better if I tried again.  Oh well, it gives it character, right?

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This next one was my try at a more... free-form? necklace.  My boyfriend hates it, and it's not necessarily my favorite either, but oh well.  It was fun! Cheesy

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And finally, this is the latest necklace I've finished.  I probably put more time into this one, all those small(ish) links were a bit of a pain, but I kind of like how it finally turned out.  Oh, and klutzy me, I have it on backwards, so you're seeing the back of all the links. 

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Thanks for looking!  Any critique is very welcome, I'm still getting the hang of this!

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2007 01:17:55 PM »

I like the form of the third one, maybe if you added some colored beads it would please you more? My brother bought me thse leaf beads, and I have no idea what to do with them. you gave me some ideas
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2007 03:44:51 PM »

Those are lovely, I particularly like the swirly ones, they look very delicate and feminine to me.  Keep this up, you seem to have a knack!
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2007 10:35:43 PM »

I love the second one best, the swirls in front are so ...some really flattering word I can't think of right now... . I do have a possibly stupid question too. What gauge wire did you use? oh and Where did you get the wire?
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007 09:34:31 PM »

I like the form of the third one, maybe if you added some colored beads it would please you more? My brother bought me thse leaf beads, and I have no idea what to do with them. you gave me some ideas

You know... I probably would like it more with colored beads, because my favorite links are the ones with the little clear bead.  (I don't know how well they can be seen)  Thanks for the idea, I'll definately have to try using more interesting beads next time!

Those are lovely, I particularly like the swirly ones, they look very delicate and feminine to me.  Keep this up, you seem to have a knack!

Thanks!!

I love the second one best, the swirls in front are so ...some really flattering word I can't think of right now... . I do have a possibly stupid question too. What gauge wire did you use? oh and Where did you get the wire?

Thank you, and that's not a stupid question at all!  I used 20 gauge craft wire from The Beadery.  I think you can find their stuff at a lot of places, like Wal-Mart, I could be mistaken.  It was cheap enough that I wasn't worried about not using it if I ended up not liking it, and it turned out to be really easy to work with. 

However, the second necklace is starting to show some wear.  I guess it's coated with something to make it shinier, because there are a few places that have went kind of dull where it's been scratched off I guess?  It's nothing noticeable unless you're looking really close.
But I think next time I want to buy wire, especially if I want to make things for other people, I'll just look around online and see what else I can find...  I really would like to try a widder variety of wire.

Speaking of, does anyone know of any good websites to buy wire?
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