I write this post during my summer holidays, and I’d like to share how the summer fun can bring inspiration for designing in wire wrapping.
It is lovely to unwind, relax and have fun on holiday, but I don’t completely switch off from jewellery making mode…I’m always looking for inspiration, and for me, you can’t go wrong at a pebble beach.
A couple of years ago, we visited Northumberland, an area of the country I’d never been to before. At the time, I was a keen bead weaver who had just discovered wirework. I brought a couple of pebbles (well, a sand bucketful to be precise!) home from the beach and wire wrapped them. I received some lovely comments from my pebble pendant so decided to explore more into wirework…and that is how, they say, my wirework journey began.
So this is my treasure trove from the shores of South Devon and there really are some beauties hidden here. I look for shape (suitable for wrapping), size (suitable for wearing) and colour. I love how the slate has a metallic hue and I love that no two stones are the same.
At Christmas, I received a bespoke request from a friend who asked if I could wrap some stones she had brought back from a Californian beach, as a present for her friend. The lady’s friend was delighted with her pendant and earring set and I was delighted with a handful of Californian pebbles she left me.
I think to make jewellery out of natural materials from a place where you have happy memories is very special.
So next time you are out and about, take a look around and see what you can find to help with your jewellery design.
Watch this space also to see what I have made with the stones.
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