Sunday, March 7, 2010

Stringing wire. Who knew? (AND a giveaway!)

Several weeks ago I made an impassioned call to my friend, Lorelei, from a local crafts shop. "What is this stringing wire stuff and what kind do I get?!! What are crimp beads? I need a special tool for them??" OK, so I wasn't that incredibly ignorant, just mostly. I've been wanting to add a little flexibility to some of my pieces so stringing wire seemed like a good idea and now I'm loving the stuff. Nothing like being late to the party, eh? The only problem I've encountered is feeling like each finger is the size of a Genoa salami when trying to string seed beads. Seriously, I don't know how you seed bead weaver people do it! The small amount I used on this acanthus bracelet (above) nearly drove me out of my mind and made me long for some neon colored pony beads.

Anyhoo, this bracelet includes three of my own porcelain components and various glass, wood and natural stone beads. It was fun and fast to make so I foresee much stringing wire in my future. Thanks for the help, L!

In other news, WOW, has my new Facebook fan page been growing! A big thank you to everyone who has become a fan! It has been quite unexpected so in celebration I am going to have a giveaway AND something I am calling a Flash Sale. The necklace shown above is going to be the giveaway prize. Just as soon as I finish this blog post I will post the giveaway on my fan page - so run on over and become a fan so that you can enter. :) The Flash Sale is going to be a short one-day sale in my jewelry shop and free shipping in my Extra shop. Again, you have to be a Fan to take advantage so check out the details on my page. Hurry, hurry!! :)

9 comments:

Mari said...

Your first stringed bracelet is beautiful!!! I love the way you used the components (three at the same time!!) and the color palette. Count me in as a fan of your stringed jewelry!!

mairedodd said...

your bracelet is lovely and congrats on the facebook adventure! seed beads make my eyes tear!! but they add nice variety...

Katie said...

We bead weavers have our secrets for getting beads on wire :o) Heck, most of the time, it's more like sewing than "beading"...But, love the result!

noricum said...

Bummer that the sale is only for facebook fans... I refuse to join facebook. :(

Round Rabbit said...

That's alright noricum! You can get the sale too. Just tell me you read this blog post in the comments to seller and I will refund you through paypal. :)

Kella said...

This is really a beautiful bracelt, all the components work so well together.

I also don't use stringing wire, keep promising myself to try, especially since I have some from a kit I bought, but for some reason it I think it will fall apart on me.

sasha and max said...

Nice work on the stringing work ! I love the bracelet - is so colorful and eclectic - is it the start of new stringing adventures ? Just popped into the RR shops and bought myself some little treats..!

charity elise said...

just lovely Nancy! hehe- the visual of brightly colored plastic pony beads being included in your elegant work gave me a good chuckle!

Erin said...

seed bead trick--string those babies right off the string of the hank, not one at time!