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 !!
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 !