I want to try everything, but I know myself. Often, once is enough. I took a class to learn glass mosaic at a local glass studio and made one mosaic table.
I had a lot of fun making this (well, maybe until the grouting part) and I still love it, but after that I never touched those tools or supplies again. I took a wire work class, made one necklace and went back to stringing. I took a metal work class, bought a hammer and bench block that I ended up giving to my Dad when he started working with metal because I used it for less than a month. My problem is that I don’t like to practice. While most people probably don’t, they might also have more persistence and do it anyway.
I got back into making jewelry when I found art beads, fibers, wire work and bohemian styles. Those things appealed to me so much that I wanted to buy all the tools and learn everything involved. However, since I don’t sell jewelry, making some of the investments needed to do this kind of work would obviously not make sense. I told myself to start slowly and see how long my attention span stayed focused on this particular hobby.
Well, it has stayed focused, and I’m having a lot of fun. When I saw Cindy Wimmer‘s book The Missing Link I ordered the e-book and paper book. I got the e-book right away and saw that the pictures, link instructions and projects are amazing. I recently received the paper book and was surprised at how amazed I was all over again by the beauty of the book, the links and the projects since I’d already seen them. This book is like an instruction book and a coffee table book all in one!
My preference in wire is an antique look, so I knew when I made links I wanted to use liver of sulphur or other oxidizing agents. I also wanted to be able to appropriately work harden my pieces so they would last. The easiest way to clean and harden is with a tumbler. I had decided that my winter project is working on wire techniques, most specifically the links in Cindy’s book. So, when I saw this tumbler on sale at Harbor Freight, I zipped over and got one.
I’m so excited to have this piece of equipment! I still need some more things before I actually get started making anything, but that’s why I’ve made this my winter project. I know I’m not quick or prolific in my jewelry making, but I just want it to be fun and a nice creative outlet. Once I get started, I’ll enjoy showing you what I do. Even if it’s not perfect.