I'm so happy to have been asked to participate in helping Cindy Wimmer bring her book, "The Missing Link", to fruition. It seems like years since we tossed ideas across dinner, and now she's created the MUST HAVE book for anyone who want to learn wire techniques as well as those who are already wire fanatics.
I have two pieces in the book using several links taught by Cindy. I used copper and bronze and learned a LOT. I was very nervous about being in a book that centers on wire. While I love wire, I distinctly remember the first time I met Cindy.... she was wearing a long, amazing necklace, very similar to the one on the cover of her book.
I constantly want to steal everything she makes, but this particular necklace just always drew me in. With this book, I'll be able to use my favorite hoarded beads and make my own necklace. The beauty of wire is it often has a mind of its own, so even though I'll be following Cindy's instructions, chances are my piece will be quite different than hers.
Case in point -- some of my first trials. Below are examples of what happens when you use a smaller gauge wire and create a larger frame than defined, as well as what a link looks like when it's hammered versus left alone:
Some links lend themselves well to adjusting gauge. In this example, I made the same link but with different gauges. Depending upon the size of jewelry you're making, you'll find that many of Cindy's links are easily adaptable. You can also play with oxidation or leaving the metal raw.
I'll leave you to look through Cindy's book to see the necklace and charm bracelet I made, but I'll show you another necklace I made using several of her creative links, using polymer clay components from Barbara Bechtel of Second Surf. (click for a larger photo)
Now here comes the fun!
Each of the reviewers will be giving away a copy of Cindy's book.
All winners will be announced on Cindy's site on October 21st.
If you leave a comment on each of the reviewer's blogs,
you get that many more chances to win a book!
In addition, I'm giving away a journal for you to sketch out all the ideas I know will be bursting out of your head when you read Cindy's book! I'll also announce the winner around the 21st.
Please visit each blog this week to see some amazing work,
inspirations, and don't forget to comment for the giveaway!