Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I know these smallish clasps and rings are not very particular to my wire crochet jewelry making,
and i know that beaders have an even more complicated challenge organizing their materials then me.
After all almost all my clasps , rings, ear wire etc go into this one sweet aluminum box, well , and to be honest just another one with my pearls, stones and other cuties.
I got acquainted with this cute organizer on my latest crochet wire jewelry making workshop that ended just last week, its so true that by teaching you get so much yourself!!! one of my students, Sigal, (check her jewelry here, she is very talented!) brought her little box with her, and it was love at first site ! she told me she brought it from New York a couple of years ago but that she thinks I can also get one at a local supplier.
The lesson was on Friday, so I had to stay put till Sunday, which isn't easy for me. On Sunday I immediately ordered 2 boxes and happily filled it up the following day.
its been 2 weeks now but I still find myself staring at it with great satisfaction and affection :)
until today i had this quite large milky plastic box where i put all my items in small plastic bags, the main problem was i sometimes had too much of one item and too little of another, i also wasn't comfy shlepping it around with me.... and since my favorite jewelry making spot is my sofa just next to the garden, It is an issue !
happy Wednesday everyone !!
Monday, September 26, 2011
It's been a while now that I've been fascinated by knots, the simple ones and the more complex,
and i just had to integrate it into my wire crochet creations.
I started reading around (thanking the universe for bringing the internet into our lives....) , I found endless sources about Celtic and Chinese knots , apparently I'm not the only one fascinated about them these days, or maybe not just these days.
Although I'm not Irish (at lest as far as I know) , and although my red hair isn't really mine either, i decided I could "adopt" the knotting into my knitting (nice....)
Im trying to figure out WHY, although its not really that important and I think that maybe the fact that knots have been around for thousands of years if not more, simply adds a flavor that only renewed and recycled objects can bring.
or maybe its the simplicity, its one of these things that anyone can do , a universal knowledge.
In the photo is my celtic heart necklace , made of a handmade crocheted chain, (executed in my invisible spool knitting technique) , it is made of fine fine yellow gold filled wire.
more will come in this direction.... I promise :)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Infinity is a shape that has fascinated me ever since I started designing, and It keep appearing in my designs when I don't expect it :) ages ago when I was still a young design student i created a hanger for a chair in the shape of infinity, this design won me the first place in a compettion held by an Italian company name Progetti. this project made me believe in myself as a designer.
The second time i can mark that this shape came to me when i first discovered the world of jewelry making and stamped infinity spirals on my first handmade silver ring, this was defiantly a life changing experience , since my love affair with jewelry started at that day.
And here it is again, this idea for a necklace has been sitting in my head for quite a while but I never got there to actually making it, until last week :)
I think my special bond with the infinity shape comes from it's reflection in me, I'm also in a constant move.....
The infinity wire crochet necklace is 43 cm (19inch) long and is made of quality gold filled wire, I plan to also make it in rose gold and in white silve
I already have a first order for this necklace ... huuuray !
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
SO according to all calenders the 25th is behind us and its time to reveal who is the lucky winner, the winner will be able to pick one of my CROCHET WIRE video tutorials.
The winner will choose between the YoolaCuff , the YoolaPixieBeads and the YoolaPotion charm these are the online video tutorials that I currently offer, coming really soon is also a video tutorial of the YoolaHoops.
The winner will receive a password protected invitation to view the detailed step by step video online for unlimited times plus a written printable PDF to accompany it.
In total we had 43 participats which is brilliant , I thoroughly read everyone's picks from my WIRE JEWELRY shop, the picks were very versatile .
I prepared 43 notes with numbers and my hubby drew out of the bowl just one.... the lucky no that turned out was 7, what a number ! and the person behind this no is : Csili jewelry
im curouse to see what she will pick .
Thank you all for participating :) I promise to do more giveaway, it was fun, so keep tuned not to miss it out.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
My Luna Lovegood Dirigible Plum Radish earrings in red and green are fun and funky and a great way to celebrate the last film in the harry potter series, I know you may think I'm too old to be a fan but that's the truth.....
The errings were suggested to me by heather (a fellow etsian) as a challenge and turned out fun and popular !
My daughter is a big fan of Harry Potter so you can guess I was easily convinced to make her Dirigible Plum Radish earrings as Luna Lovegood wears in one of the early harry potter films.
This designs celebrates already a couple of years and received many wonderful feedbacks from people that bought them or gave them as present. you can see some here :
"these are exquisite - even better in person than on the website - thank you so much!!!!!"
Monday, June 13, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I got a nice email from someone telling me he knows how much his mom likes my jewelry and that he would like to buy her my pod hoops with a matching necklace, he knew exactly what shades size etc. He told me it's for her 50'th birthday.
He also wrote me he was really busy and it would be the easiest for him to pick it up from the museum shop close to his house, where he knows my jewelry are on display.
Naturally I imagined a 20 something young man, so I wrote him back that if the specific items are not available there the easiest thing to do would be to buy it online and get them directly to his mail box.
At this point I got a very surprising email,..... He wrote me he is too young to have a credit card, that he was only 14 years old and his dad would phone to finalize the payment .
I was SO surprised ! I have 2 14 year old at home myself so it made me even more touched.
During the weekend I got a wonderfu update from him telling me the birthday took place last week and the present was a BIG SUCESS.
The End ! :)
isnt it just wonderful where the "internet life" takes us ?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A glimpse to how and where i crochet me jewelry, of course its only the the crocheting itself, the assembling and metalworking is done on a proper table.... no escape...
In the image:
my "portable work corner" : i.e. my plastic milky suitcase
my crochet hooks
my "crocheted handmade" tools - the way to start any of my designs
my beloved gold filled wire spool (the silver sneaked out of the frame)
color wire for experiments
experimental pieces in process
my TO DO notebook
and most important my "recipe crochet notebook" where i write down all the patterns and little tips for myself, what not to do next time i repeat a design, how much wire to leave etc.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Its Friday afternoon (well it was when i started writing this post )when a wonderful silence goes down on the world, at least on my "time zone"...
I'm not religious but I can feel the specialty of the hour introducing itself. I've had a hectic week as always and a wonderful workshop this morning with the most calm, peaceful and talented girls. It was our first meeting of a beginners group and I enjoyed every minute, it is so enjoyable when my students realize how simple crocheting with angels is and how achievable. until that moment they are usually skeptic if they will achieve the same level of work that they see on my designs, and Yes they can :)
But this is not what I wanted to write about today, I wanted to introduce you with a new love of mine, Rose Gold. A couple of weeks ago I purchased a small spool of rose gold filled wire, some in 0.3mm or 28 gauge (my default favorite wire gauge) and some thicker wire, so I can start exploring its behavior and potential and see if we have a click. I only just started and i can tell - YES YES YES, a summer romance has started blooming. One thing that does worry me is the availability, its not as common as yellow gold filled and many of the clasps and findings i love using are not available in rose gold, well, im not going to give up, i"ll have to tackle it creatively.
The first 2 designs I made are my crocheted pods on a hoop and my jumbo hoops , the pinkish rosiness of the rose gold looks especially wonderful with the grayness of the oxidized silver wire. I would love to hear which other designs you would like to see in rose gold....
enjoy your weekend !
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
May is here !!! and I'm celebrating my third year on the ciber world ,Yoola is three years old :)
Come celebrate my etsyversary with free shipping world wide, use coupon code YOOLA3YRS to enjoy this automatically.
feel free to share this promo coupon with your friends and on your social networks ;)
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I was hoping to issue another video of my wire crocheting much earlier, but time fly by and so many other projects got in the way, but this is it, its here, my YoolaCuff video tutorial for making a crocheted cuff bracelet.
You need so much patient for video editing, i wouldn't have guessed, the funny thing is i thought it would be easier then writing more tutorials, and will enable me to issue new wire crocheting tutorials faster Haaaa :)
So its for sure not easier and it will take some time to publish more, but i think its very much worth it, it may even build up to an online workshop, ambitious for someone that only has 2 video tutorials, i know.
How it works - the buyer receives a link and a code that enable him or her to view the tutorial online. in addition i send the PDF tutorial for some more reading .
I also offer people that bought from me in the past the YoolaCuff tutorial to upgrade for a special reduced rate so they don feel left out .
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Occasionally people that see my work for the firs time would stop by either virtually or in real life and say, WOW you are so patient !!! I could never do that...
For their astonishment i tell them they couldn't be more wrong, I'm a rather active person that can't really stay still for too long. Crocheting is surprisingly calming , its my meditation . This is also why I refuse to refer to my jewelry wire crocheting as work, so what if its a source of income.
When I started giving my workshops i learned i wasnt alone there, many of the woman i meet say it gives them this very same feeling, especially with the designs that require more crocheting then assembling, such as the Cleopatra necklace, the YoolaCuff or the YoolaTube necklace.
But all this i already knew , what surprised me was that the other day when i was talking to a colleague about my wire crocheting addiction, he told me that studies show it also has benefits to the brain, (is that's why woman age better then man.... I wonder...).
I googled it and learned that according to Neuroscientist Dr. Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic, these activities seem to be neuro-protective and have been shown to reduce memory loss in later years by as much as 50%. he says that these activities also help to:
Reduce symptoms of depression
Boost your immune system
Lower your blood pressure
enjoy your crocheting, knitting, sewing :)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Gold filled is made of a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure onto a base metal, occasionally brass but in some cases silver. The gold part can be any type of gold in weight and in color, although the most common ones are yellow and rose 14k.
If you are looking to compare it with gold plating its a bit tricky since the gold layer on gold plated jewelry depends on the manufacturer and varies, a rough figure is that Gold-filled items are 50 to 100,000 times thicker than regular gold plating.
This is of course just the tip of the iceberg , if you are looking for more in depth explanations you are welcome to read this detailed article : http://www.artisanplating.com/articles/goldfilled.html
לעתים קרובות אני נשאלת מה ההבדל בין ציפוי זהב לגולדפילד
ובכן גולדפילד הינו שכבת זהב המהודקת בחום ובלחץ לשכבת מתכת בסיס, מתכת הבסיס יכולה להיות פליז נחושת ולעיתים אף כסף, לסוג שכבת הבסיס ישנה השפעה על קושי המוצר הסופי.
הזהב יכול להיות 14 קרט 12 קרט או יותר והצבע יכול להיות כל צבע של זהב, צהוב, אדום או לבן
השוואת עובי שכבת הזהב בגולדפילד ובציפוי זהב לא קלים מאחר והעובי בציפוי זהב משתנה בצורה קיצונית בין יצרן ליצרן אך באופן גס מגדירים המומחים כי היחס הינו בין פי 50 לפי 100,000
מי שמעוניין בקריאה יותר מעמיקה מוזמן לקרוא את המאמר המצ"ב :http://www.artisanplating.com/articles/goldfilled.html)
Monday, March 14, 2011
As i have more and more students for my crocheted wire jewelry, both online fro my tutorials and traditional ones that come over to the studio, i decided to collect their beautiful work and enable you to enjoy it too, I couldn't have guessed how much i will enjoy teaching , i guess its not the teaching itself but my special connection with the YooLa in me :)
הצצה קטנה לעבודות של תלמידים או ליתר דיוק תלמידות , חלקן וירטואליות מעבר לים וחלקן נשים אמיתיות עם פנים וקולות שמגיעות לסטודיו לסדנאות. מדהים אותי כמה אני נהנית ללמד, לא יכולתי לנחש ....
אני משערת שזו ה"יולה" שבי.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
or in other words, some tips and tricks to better approach crocheting with metal wires.
Wire type -When crocheting with wire its important to pick the right materials, make sure to pick dead soft wire, it looks almost the same as regular wire but the ability to crochet with it is very different.
Wire Gauge - wire projects are often made with higher values, the lowest I use is 28gauge (0.3mm), the higher the no the thinner the wire , the more flexible it is and the jewel will be softer.
Wire temperature - keep in mind that metal changes its flexibility and softens with temperature, enable the wire to warm up a bit before you get into the temp. of crocheting, do a little project before starting the work on the actual piece.
Stretching the wire- another tip to keep in mind is that metal hardens when stretched, so be ware of that and dont put it into too much tension, always prefer techniques in which you dont have to roll the wire around your finger and keep the wire in tension as you do when crocheting with yarn or cotton.
Wire remembers... - Metal has memory, so if you bend it or wrap it, it will remember and will tend to get back into that form.
Hook type - Its important to pick a good crochet hook that wont get worn out too fast, the wire may leave its marks and the hook will not be as smooth as it was when you started working with it, its not enjoyable to work with such a hook , it squeak and gets stuck :)
Edges - when working with metal wires the edges can be a big thumbs down if not handled properly, first of all make sure to wrap it 2 to 3 times in a hidden place before cutting the wire, then I recommend to cut the wire by making it "tired" and not by cutting it with scissors, this way the edges are much softer and the wire is much less noticeable. It is don by moving the wire ןמ circles rapidly until it breaks.
crocheting with metal wires is awesome !
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Dear Jana sent me these fabulous photos from her wedding day, if you ask yourself why I am publishing it here, take a look at the earrings she is wearing.....
These are my gold drops with a fresh water pearl , a crocheted wire jewelry !
My Bridal drop earrings are 2"(5cm) long and have a beautiful white fresh water pearl hanging at its bottom.
It is created from 14K gold filled wire, the earrings are bright, dangle, eye catching, unique and enchanting and it swings very beautifully when worn.
If you are craft y you can make it yourself, check my crocheted wire jewelry tutorials section.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I received lately some really lovely photos of clients wearing my jewelry and from clients that bought my tutorials and followed the instructions.
This gave me an appetite for more.... I would LOVE to receive more of both ..... and in order to give you a little encouragement I'm going to make it worth the effort.... the winner of this "lottery" will receive a 50$ coupon to use in my shop for whatever he/she feels like. it can be jewelry, supply or tutorials, anything !
I"m going to run this promo through out the whole month of February, the deadline will be Feb 28th.
Images should be sent to my email firstname.lastname@example.org in the best resolution you have, you should note that I will also publish some of the photo on my blog and facebook. I hope this is not a thumbs down thing.
looking forward !!!!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The crocheted wire jewelry workshops thing has turned into a wonderful experience, who could have guessed...
I've been refusing to teaching for such a long time , if i only knew how much i will enjoy it i would have started earlier.
I opened this week for registration a new beginners workshop that will take place on Mid February and hope I will have nice participants as I had on the previous ones....
the ladies brought such good energies to my little studio that I should thank them for that. here are some photos, Im not in them since I'm the photographer.....
good excuse ;)
Monday, January 3, 2011
The talented photographer Valerie Belkind has taken some incredible photos of my crocheted wire jewelry, in this photo you can see the Cleopatra necklace , the YoolaCuff and the Yoolaleaf ring, all in 14k yellow Gold filled.
Make up & hair- katya tsupikov
there is more..... i'll publish them soooon,
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I know, I don't believe it myself.... from time to time i was getting inquiries about workshops, very polity (I hope...) I refused and offered to purchase my tutorials and enjoy my online help if it gets rough.
But lately after much consideration I decide Why not actually....
I decided to start with a short workshop of 3 meetings, starting right after the Jewish holidays when everybody can focus back on their life and start the new year with new interests.
Although I have been teaching in the past, this is going to be a whole new experience for me and I'm really excited about it, I know most of you live too far away to attend, but yet I felt like sharing this new idea going on.
לאור הביקוש (נשמע בנאלי אבל זו האמת....), אני פותחת קורס ראשון לסריגה בחוטי מתכת בו יילמדו יסודות השיטה ויתורגלו מספר דגמים שפיתחתי.
הסדנא תיערך בסטודיו שלי ביהוד באווירה נעימה ומוארת, עם ליווי אישי ותירגול.
הסדנא הראשונה בת 3 מפגשים תתקיים בתאריכים 8.10 15.10 ו 22.10, ימי שישי בבוקר 9:30 עד 12:00.
את פירוט תכנית המפגשים, המחיר ותנאי הרשמה ניתן לקבל באימייל.
למי שפחות מכיר אותי, כמה מילים על הרקע המקצועי,
שמי יעל פלק אני מעצבת תעשייתית עם 15 שנים של ניסיון , מרצה לשעבר במרכז לחינוך טכנולוגי בחולון ובעלת תעודת הוראה .
בשנים האחרונות במקביל לעבודתי כמעצבת מוצר התמחיתי בעיצוב תכשיטים ואובייקטים מחוטי מתכת, השתלמתי בתחום בשוויץ ופיתחתי שיטה ודגמים מקוריים .
התכשיטים שאני מעצבת נמכרים ברחבי העולם דרך האינטרנט ובמספר חנויות מוזיאון וגלריות בארץ ובחו"ל.
בחנות האינרטנט שלי ניתן לרכוש מלבד אובייקטים גם הוראות באנגלית ללימוד עצמי למספר דגמים.