Friday, April 28, 2017

Wire & Pants

During the morning hour yesterday, I attempted to work on the bag only I kept making silly measuring errors so it was more stop than go. Hopefully this morning I'll have better luck. For the rest of the day, I concentrated on...





... finishing up the three assignments from my first workshop - Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics and Beyond  with Sarah Thompson. It's very well done and I feel I learned a lot - as in....





... what to do and what not to do. My wrap improved with each project and I anticipate it'll keep going int hat direction. My curls and turns need more work. I'll learn to do by doing. I seem to be quite good at tucking under the ends. There was only one "catchy" one when I scrubbed off the liver of sulfer patina. I made it a little on the strong side so the first two were quite dark and the third (the most complicated) I dunked quick in and out.





These two were relatively straight forward. Assignment one on the left is about learning the weave and shaping the bracelet. Assignment two on the right is about creating texture, layers, and movement. 





My version of assignment three seemed to get quite ornate and it was disappointing that the finish rubbed off the beads. If you look back earlier you can see that they had a brass and copper finish which looked much better than the clear glass HOWEVER... the beads cover my "learning curves" one of which is to use a flatter focal bead.

The next workshop I'm taking is Start Wire Weaving: Cabachon Pendants with Dawn Horner. In my jewelry supplies I have a large blue stone that will do for learning. I'm doing my best work possible with these projects and quality wire but not my best stones and beads. I'll work up to them.

As a teacher, I know that the assignments are designed to teach skills from beginner to more advanced however, as a student, I often skip over them to what I really want to do. In this case, I'm doing all the assignments in each workshop so I can practice, so I can learn to do by doing, and so I can develop solid working skills.





I'm sorry these pictures are so dark. Hopefully they are better than nothing. It was grey and stormy yesterday and not good for taking pictures. I finished the linen souvenir pants and paired it with a black t-shirt and the purple cardigan I refashioned a few weeks ago. The outfit received compliments yesterday which was rather nice.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - one workshop, growing confidence

12 comments:

  1. I'm impressed with your new skill in wire wrapping and your new outfit is chic. I might add that you really look slim! Karen

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  2. You look great, Myrna, and your wire wrapped jewelry is lovely!

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    1. I appreciate the encouragement. I want to lose about twenty more pounds so it's nice to know it's looking good. I'm back to "absolutely horrible" with the wrapped jewelry today as I'm working on the pendant assignment and I started with too thick of a stone. That's the learning curve.

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  3. the bracelets have a great feeling of flow and rhythm don't they! I have to go back and look at the pants pattern again, clearly.

    ceci

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    1. That's one of the things I liked about Sarah's work - the flow and texture. The pant pattern has a wider, ribbed waistband. I substituted an elastic one and it works great. It's one of my favourite patterns.

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  4. I said this when you posted the sweater 'redo' earlier....and I still think it is my favorite 'Myrna piece.' It looks great with the pants...and your haircut is darling...dahling!

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    1. LOL - I thought of you when I took the picture. I happened to have the sweater on when I tried on the pants and it was happenstance that they went together so well. I'm growing my hair longer right now. Hopefully it stays looking somewhat decent until I get to the length I want to maintain. I want the back longer for sure.

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  5. Your wrapped bracelet (first photo) is really pretty.

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    1. That the same as the one slightly further down on the left only the first picture is before the liver of sulfur patina and the second one is after. I'm interested to see what it looks like after I get the tumbler and it's more polished up.

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  6. Your bracelets are beautiful, especially after a dip in the liver of sulphur. Love your little jacket.
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. Thank you. I'm pleased with how the pieces are developing. I've planned a bead buying trip on Monday with a friend so hopefully I'll have some copper or metal ones soon that won't rub off. The jacket is fun. I'd do that again.

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