Friday, March 28, 2008

Tree of Life

There are lots of free tutorial out there. One of them is from called "Tree of life" pendant. Yesterday I tried to do several of my version of that pendant with 20G, 26G artistic wire, gemstone chips and acrylic flower beads.

My favorit is the one with red gemstone chips, what about you ?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Proper Jewelry Storage

Believe it or not, many people abuse their jewelry. They keep them in drawers, in random boxes, and even left on countertops. Even if you've been lucky enough not to lose any pieces of your collection, not properly storing your jewelry can lead to damage and lost pieces. If you want to keep your jewelry safe, here are some jewelry storage tips.

Purchase a Jewelry Box for Jewelry Storage
A jewelry box is the best way to store your jewelry and keep your collection safe. Your jewelry box doesn't need to be fancy. It just needs to be able to handle the type of jewelry you have. For example, some jewelry boxes are designed specifically for rings while others are designed for necklaces and bracelets. You don't want to force your jewelry into a box that's not designed for it. Instead find one that can house your individual items appropriately. A jewelry box is the perfect solution for your jewelry storage needs.

If Jewelry Boxes aren't Your Thing, Get a Jewelry Organizer
Some people just don't want a jewelry box or don't have enough pieces to justify purchasing one. This is understandable, but it doesn't solve your jewelry storage issue. So, instead of a jewelry box, get yourself a jewelry organizer. Jewelry organizers vary in design and shape. Some organizers are segmented, lined trays designed to store all your jewelry pieces while others are specifically crafted stands for specific pieces, such as bracelets and necklaces. The key to selecting the right jewelry organizer is to purchase one that can store all pieces in your collection without the jeopardizing the integrity of each piece. So if a jewelry box isn't your thing, but you're still looking for a jewelry storage solution, a jewelry organizer is what you need.

Jewelry Storage for On the Road
Taking your jewelry box with you when you travel is not normally an option. However, that doesn't mean you can't safely store your jewelry to take along on a trip. There are travel jewelry organizers that are designed to help you keep your jewelry safe when you're on the road. These travel organizers are padded pouches that have pockets for your different jewelry items. They offer a quick and convenient solution to storing your jewelry when you're abroad. Travel jewelry cases aren't as durable or solid as a jewelry box, but it's the next best thing when you're traveling.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My first MickyRing

As I mentioned before on my last posting, I adored Dianne Karg Baron as wire jewelry artist. Her creations are uniquely minimalist and modern.

A couple of weeks ago I purchased her MickyRing tutorial and only yesterday I could make it. The tutorial is very easy to follow but since this is just my first trial, I think I still need a lot of practice. What do you think.....

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My first affair...

To be honest, my first affairs with wire wrapping was through I stumbled into this website accidentally, then I bought the wigjig kit plus some tools and practice a lot.

This is a wonderful website for a beginners because it has a complete instructions with beautiful pictures. With this kit I can create beautiful jewelries, I was praised by my friends and families. I didn't know that I could make such jewelries before.

When I tried to sell my jewelry among friends, jewelries made with wigjig always sells well. This necklace was made using a pattern available on the website, as well as the earring design. I used swarovski pearl for this set.
This set is one of my best seller until now.
Since then on I fell in love with wire wrapping then wire sculpting.
I know, I still have a lot to learn. But now I know that my passion is to become a wire jewelry designer.

Wire Jewelry Artists Idols

Selama perjalanan aku belajar otodidak mengenai seni 'lilit kawat' ini, ada beberapa seniwati yang aku kagumi. Salah satunya adalah Eni Oken. Orang Brazil yang sekarang bermukim di Amerika ini, menurutku adalah salah satu ahli seni ' kawat lilit' yang jenius. Ini bisa dilihat dari hasil2 karyanya di situs pribadinya Karena latar belakangnya yang ahli digital art, makanya situs pribadinya itu juga sangat cantik, enak dilihat. Dia juga punya banyak tutorial dengan bentuk2 cantik, yang juga bisa dibeli secara online.

Kalau Eni Oken hasil karyanya cenderung etnik elegan, lain lagi dengan Dianne Karg Baron yang hasil karyanya cenderung modern and minimalis. Karyanya dalam memadukan lilitan kawat dengan batu alam, mutiara maupun kristal benar2 memukau. Karyanya bisa dilihat di . Dia juga punya beberapa tutorial, mulai dari level very easy, easy dan advance.

Beberapa hari yang lalu, aku coba buat QEW earrings yang merupakan free tutorial yang ada di situs ini. Gimana... cantik kan ?
Aku buat sedikit modifikasi dari tutorial aslinya, aku buat lingkarannya sedikit lebih besar
(3 cm) supaya aku bisa pakai red glass beads dan pink quartz beads yang lebih besar
juga (8 mm).