Friday, February 3, 2023

Rock and Wire Wish Upon a Star

Here's another tree.  I tore this one apart 2 times because
I was not happy with it.  It's a bonsai style, but I did not like the leaves.   I finally took them off and
added the silver star.  The rock is a bit oversized for this
tree, but I didn't decide that til all of the wrapping and
shaping was done, so they are now a pair!

Monday, January 30, 2023

Rock and Wire Tree with Pearlized Enamel


This is another rock and wire tree.  They are soooo hard 
to take a picture of!!  

I used the soft Benecreat aluminum wire to make little 
curly cues that look a bit like hearts.  I added some 
Pearlized Enamel Effects Basic (from Stampin' Up!)
to the curly cues.  This product does a great job
adhering to the wire and not dripping.  It also saves
time because you can do multiple curls without worrying
about dealing with beads.

I wound the roots around the rock and put some hot
glue on the underside of the rock to hold things in place.
I love this rock because in person, it matches 
the copper wire beautifully.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Rock and Wire Arrowhead Necklace

 I'm back today with another Rock and Wire necklace.
I purchased this arrowhead years ago and had it sitting in
my wire crafting box.   I think I hesitate on some of my
creative projects for two reasons: 1) I don't want to use
"my pretty" stone, or 2) I can't decide on the project.

In this example, I used some Benecreat soft aluminum
craft wire to wrap the stone, add a bead and create a loop.  
I finished it off with a faux suede cord, 
knotted so that I can change the material as needed.
I had previously made a pair of beaded earrings, which
go perfectly with the arrowhead.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Rock and Wire Tree

 The other wire and rock art form that I'm attracted to
is armatures, featuring trees or people.  I wrapped beads
on the end of wires, creating several curls around the bead.
I then twisted all of the copper lengths together,
in order to create the tree trunk.  The ends were wrapped
around a piece of lava, found on a property that I used
to own in CA.  I just love the combination of wire and rock!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Rocks and Wire Necklace

 I am a bit of a rock enthusiast, although I don't know my rock
names or features.  I just enjoy finding pretty pebbles by the lake,
or desert path.   My sweet sister Julie is a little more serious
about her rocks and tumbles them for sale in her store.
Once in a while, I try creating jewelry out of found 
or purchased stones.  This is a stone that Julie 
found and tumbled.

I wrapped the stone with copper wire, formed the loop, and
added the faux leather cord.  I had some stone beads that
went well with the necklace, so made the earrings to match,
using copper findings. 

Monday, December 12, 2022

Kindest Gnomes with Inspired Thoughts

I like gnomes.  They resemble my mixed feelings about
Christmas preparations.  Some of the efforts and activities 
make me grumpy, but I end up being inspired.

This gnome comes from the Kindest Gnomes bundle,
colored with Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment from 
Inspired Thoughts was cut out with a die from the 
Hippo and Friends collection.