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Article Index Editorâ€™s Notes / Page 1 Artist Spotlight: Lisa Barth / Page 2 Finding Craft Shows / Page 3 Andalusia Pendant Tutorial / Page 7 Wire Sculpture Using Alternative Metals / Page 13 Taking Jewelry Photos / Page 19
Editor’s Notes Musings on procrastination, features articles, and copper
Lois Linquist abeadedaffair.com
A lifelong crafter with expensive taste, jewelry design was a natural move for Lois Linquist. She founded Copper Wire Jewelers in an effort to unite and connect with people who share her passion. Through her online store, A Beaded Affair, Lois offers high-quality wire, findings, and beads for her fellow artisans’ designs.
It’s the New Year, time for new commitments, promises to ourselves and others, new goals, and that ever-growing list of things from last year we didn’t do. I really hate that list. So, once again I’m working on those lists of things I perpetually promise myself I’ll get done and then may accomplish one or two of them. The past year though may have been a banner year. I actually made a commitment to produce 4 issues of Copper Wire Jewelers Magazine and guess what? We did it. Well, really you did it. Your creativity, dedication, and excitement about the group and the magazines are what have carried us through this year of issues, now with over 900 members in the group, and the magazine has had 41,069 individual readers and 185,227 individual page views. Someone is reading our magazine. And this brings us to the commitment part. If you are committed to continuing to create new and exciting artwork and jewelry pieces, write educational and entertaining articles, read the magazine and continue to spread the word, we’ll be here to publish and promote one of the best online magazines about jewelry you’ll find out there anywhere. I thought twice about that last sentence before I wrote it thinking perhaps I’m a bit prejudiced about what we’ve
achieved, but then I remembered the email I received last night from an artist I admire and respect very much who said in part to me, “Geepers…just glancing through issue 4, it’s a much better magazine than (name removed). I will have to look further, as time allows. I’m impressed, to say the least.” So maybe I’m not quite as prejudiced as I think. At any rate you should all be very proud to say the least of what you have accomplished. Remember, all members, whether you have had a piece published or not yet, whether you are new to wire or been doing it since the building of the pyramids, you are all invited to send in your pictures to be featured in the magazine. So while we dot our “I”s and cross our “t”s on this issue, remember that you can start work on your next piece for entry in the next issue of Copper Wire Jewelers Magazine. Thanks all. Hope you really enjoy this issue. Spread the word around. ^
Artist Spotlight: Lisa Barth
There are a handful of Wire Artists I follow around, enjoying their work, being inspired by their creativity and marvelling at their accomplishments. Lisa Barth is one of those artists. Her flawless wire work combines artistic lines and excellent construction. Lisa is also a Senior Level certified metal clay instructor. This lovely piece was created exclusively for Copper Wire Jewelers by Lisa. Thank you so much. What a wonderful example made from the new Copper Clay and wire, a piece truly in the spirit of CWJ. I really do have to get a kiln to play with Copper Clay. You can see lots of Lisa’s work around the web and in magazines. She’s been featured in BeadStyle, Bead & Button, Australian Beading, and Metal Clay Artist Magazine, among others, and in Barbara McGuire’s book Creative Canes as well as appearing on a live television presentation of her work.
If you live in the Bloomingdale, Illinois area you might like to consider attending the Metal Clay World Conference from July 14-16, where Lisa will be presenting a class covering the technical issues of setting cabochons in metal clay. Or if you live near Atlanta, Lisa also gives private and class lessons. Makes me wish I lived in Georgia. It would be wonderful to take some classes with her. You can always go to Lisa’s site, lbjewelrydesigns.com, and look for her excellent tutorials. Of course, if you aren’t quite up to creating your own masterpiece, you might consider a Lisa Barth original. Lisa, thanks so much for creating this lovely piece for Copper Wire Jewelers and good luck in your continuing jewelry journey.
Finding Craft Shows How to find, and book, art and craft shows in your area
It’s craft show season—and It’s easy enough to find articles about how to do well at craft shows. But this misses an important tidbit: how to find the things in the first place! There are a number of ways to find local craft shows—both web sites and other ways of looking. I’ll link to a pretty useful web site at the end of the article, but I think I want to start with other places you can ask about local craft shows: • Publications ranging from the local newspaper to specialized local show listings—the latter can often be found in craft stores • Organizations that sponsor shows, like the local Chamber of Commerce, Department of Tourism, and Parks & Recreation Department • Show venues such as community centers, senior citizen centers or homes, or convention centers
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• Other groups that sponsor shows include churches, schools, hospitals, and shopping centers • Community organizations like the Elks, Lions, Shriners, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc. • Radio
One of the best ways to find out about upcoming shows, though, is to talk to your fellow crafters and find out where they’re going to be next. Technically you may be ‘competition’ but I have found that crafters rarely care about that—we’re generally more likely to help each other out as we can. I’ve even gotten good tips on which shows might be good for my products, and which won’t be, from fellow crafters.
You can find out about craft shows online, too, but it can be tricky—many of the craft show listing sites require you to either pay or add listings to be able to access the whole site, so people enter false listings just to be able to see everything. I’ve run into this several times and it’s very, very frustrating to find a perfect local show, only to discover that they stopped doing it five years ago—or it never existed at all. Even so, sometimes it’s worth taking a look, and http://bit.ly/cwjcraftshowlist lists a number of websites to check. Do you have favorite shows or tips to share? Tell us in the forums at CopperWireJewelers.ning.com! ^
Artist: Kitt Hansen, Kitt Unika Design Shop: kittunikadesign.dk Jewelry maker Kitt Hansen makes unique items in unusual combinations with a very personal expression. All jewelry is handmade and only one of each. This is jewelry for women who want something different. Copper, bronze, brass, steel, fine-/sterling silver and niobium are the metals most commonly used in conjunction with semi precious stones.
Artist: Aleksandra Jovanovic, Ksandra Blog: ksandrajewelry.blogspot.com I wanted to create an decorative object using techniques used for making jewelry, wire wrapping, soldering, etc., in order to demonstrate that there are no limits. It takes just a little imagination and dexterity. The project took 30 hours to complete. The shoe is made of copper wire, Czech glass beads, and Swarovski crystals.
Artist: Valorie Clifton, Artisan Originals Blog: artisanoriginals.blogspot.com Shop: elderarc.etsy.com
I make handcrafted jewelry using copper, brass, aluminum and silver plated wire and metals. I’m beginning to gather supplies to learn metalsmithing! Metalwork is so interesting and exciting! Copper will always hold a special place in my heart. I love the richness and warmth of copper. It’s earthy and natural, wonderfully malleable and responsive to so many techniques! I love to combine copper and natural gemstones as well as crystals. I dabble in chainmaille when I have the patience for it. My friends encourage and support me in my endeavors and I’m so grateful to know them! The earrings and ring shown are made with pure copper wire and genuine garnet nuggets. I’ve had fun exploring ways to patinate copper. These are antiqued using ammonia fumes, which leaves a nice blue verdigris finish. I then hand buffed them with steel wool and a wire brush and then polished them with mineral oil and a soft cloth. The earrings have been textured lightly with a ball peen hammer. I just adore how these came out! Garnet holds a special place in my heart as it is my son’s and my brother’s birthstone.
Andalusia Pendant Tutorial Make a beautiful linked copper pendant with these step-by-step instructions. Try using crystals or trade beads for a different look.
Annette Kinslow kinslowart.com Annette Kinslow is a lifelong artist and has worked in a number of media including quilting, spinning, weaving, and designing art clothing before developing her skills as a wire artist. Her students walk out of class with finished pieces, a lot of knowledge, and a great attitude.
To make the Andalusia Pendant (shown at right), you’ll need: Tools: • Round nose pliers • Chain nose pliers • Wire cutters • Wire straightener • Chasing hammer • Steel bench block Supplies: • 4” 18g half hard round wire • 10 1/2” 16g dead soft round wire • 24” 20g dead soft round wire • One large bead • Four medium beads • Desired length of chain (24”) • One large jump ring • One medium jump ring • One small jump ring Construct the frame: Straighten your 10 1/2” piece of 16g wire. Find the center and use your round nose pliers to make a medium-sized loop. Bend both sides of the wire around a large pill bottle or other round object. Measure 1 1/2” from the middle of the loop and make another loop, this time toward the outside. Do this on each side, so that you now have three loops. Measure 3/4” from the middle of the last loop and make another loop, this time toward the inside. Do this on both sides. Now make loops at the ends of the wire, turning them to the outside. Hammer both sides of the
frame using a chasing hammer and a steel bench block. Install the beads: Hang a large bead from the bottom of the top loop. Cut a 4” piece of 20g wire and make a loop at one end. Open this loop and insert the top loop of the pendant frame into the open loop. Make sure this new loop (the one that the bead will hang from) will hang down from the bottom of the loop on the frame. Make three wraps, cut the excess wire, and crimp the cut end using chain nose pliers. Slide the large bead onto the remaining 20g wire. Measure the wire with the bead on and trim the wire to 2”. Make a scroll right up to the bead. Repeat this process using the 20g wire on the four outside loops using the medium and small beads. Cut chain to desired length less 2” to allow room for the clasp. Attach the large jump ring to the top loop of the pendant; then attach the jump ring to the chain. Make the clasp: Cut a 1 1/2” piece of 18g wire. Scroll the end of the wire, leaving about 1/2” of wire remaining. Make a loop in the opposite direction of the scroll with your round nose pliers. Attach this loop to one end of the chain by passing the medium jump ring through the center of the scroll. Now cut a 2” piece of 18g wire. Bend the wire into a figure eight shape with a 1/4” dowel, making sure the ends point in opposite directions. Cut the ends 1/4” past the figure eight, and turn the ends back on themselves into small loops with your round nose pliers. Flatten the clasp using a chasing hammer and a steel bench block. Turn the clasp over and repeat the process. Attach to the chain with the small jump ring. Close one side of the clasp so the jump ring can’t pass the loop on the end of the clasp. Have fun–you can do this! ^
Artist: Shannon Chomanczuk Blog: formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com Shop: formysweetdaughter.etsy.com
I was given this Stampinâ€™ Up stamp by a friend of mine over the summer. It sat unused for many months but as it came closer to fall, I was drawn to the image. I am no stranger to fawn frolicking in my backyard: they dance and play on their unsturdy legs much like my own little girl who is just 18 months old. I used the image to etch a piece of recycled copper given to me by a contractor friend of mine. I added the eyelets after being inspired by Leann at Summers Studio. I made several different versions of the necklace before I got to this final version using labradorite rondelles, Swarovski crystals, leopardskin jasper, and glass which picks up all the colors in my New York back yard. I loved the green and rhinestone link because it looks like morning dewdrops clinging to the leaves. I drilled holes in the patinaed, lacquered, and waxed copper pendant and wove embroidery floss down the side for a touch of whimsy and texture. I call this necklace â€œBeginningsâ€?.
Artist: Tammy Haas Blog: spiralsandspice.blogspot.com Shop: spiralsandspice.etsy.com These earrings came about from a wonderful sunrise I was lucky enough to see! I think they turned out pretty much the way I would see a sunrise in my copper jewelry design.
Artist: Lisa Glenn Blog: blogger.com/freshstringbeads Shop: freshstringbeads.etsy.com
I just love working with copper wire! It has a warmth that you just don’t get from the typical silver and gold-filled wire jewelry that we see all the time. It is also very forgiving when working with it because of its softness and malleability. This piece was made with some of my hand-torched double-ended “cherry-red headpins” and done in a nontraditional woven frame. The wire was shaped around the stone as the weaving was done to “capture” and secure it. The frame is actually open along one side and the turns in the larger wires bring the whole thing together. The petrified wood cabochon is one that my grandfather made several years ago. It is an incredibly beautiful stone, and i am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with his creations and incorporate them into my own.
Artist: Carol F. Metzger, CFM Designs Blog: colorpatterntexture.blogspot.com Shop: cfmdesigns.net I became interested in maille as a recent step in the progression from textiles to jewelry. There was knitting, then beaded knitting, then beads without knitting, then beads with metal…so now I am toying with the idea of knitting with maille, but it is not ready for prime time. I have always liked the warmth of copper, and it is so easy to work. Since I cannot afford much silver and gold is out of the question, copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum have become my metals of choice. My major foray into precious metals has been the use of anodized niobium for some earthier pieces.
Artist: Lois McIntyre Blog: crystalwandcreations.blogspot.com Shop: crystalwandcreations.com Pearls and turquoise—what a luxurious combination. There’s nothing like the feeling of these two gemstones lying next to your skin. This mystical duo is brought together in this luxurious piece. Oversized pearl chips, joined with beautifully faceted magenta and olive green pearls, are flanked by large stunning turquoise beads. We strive to put a little mystery and enchantment in every piece we make.
Artists: Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen, Chainmaille by MBOI Blog: chanmaillebymboi.com/category/blog Shop: chainmaillebymboi.com
We have been creating chainmaille jewelry for over 7 years now. Copper is one of our favorite metals to work with and we have also found that it can have some healing properties for arthritis sufferers as well. Dragonscale is one of our favorite patterns for our copper bracelets. This piece literally has thousands of rings. We coil and cut all of our rings starting with bare solid copper wire and saw cutting for perfect closures. This roundmaille necklace is also one of our best sellers. Roundmaille is one of our favorite patterns to work with, it is complicated enough that you don’t see it everywhere. I personally love how dense it is, yet the chain is very silky and flows nicely. After years of trying to create a name for ourselves, we decided to step out and help other handmade artists. The thought was that if we all got together we could help each other; thus the Handmade Artists Forum was born (handmadeartistsforum. com). But we didn’t stop there: after the forum was a year old, we thought it would be a great idea to give our members a place to sell their creations, so we started the Handmade Artists’ Shop (handmadeartistsshop.com) The Shop is now one year old with over 100 vendors and more joining everyday. We work tirelessly to support our vendors, and we’ll continue to donate our time and efforts to supporting the handmade community as well as our own shops. The love for creating has been what has kept us going. Don’t give up!
Wire Sculpture Using Alternative Metals A look inside one artist’s studio. Original article by Evan Parmenter.
Aileen Parmenter aileensart.com
Most people need a way of distracting and expressing themselves at the same time. Art is Aileen’s therapy. A self-taught wire sculpture artist, she now enjoys teaching this art to others.
Today’s economy has prompted many artists that use metal in their work to look for less expensive alternative metals. This is especially true for wire jewelry makers. With gold recently topping the $1400 mark combined with consumers having more frugal spending habits, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs. Aileen Parmenter has been a wire sculpture artist for 14 years. Her work can be seen at her website (aileensart.com). Aileen uses a variety of metals when creating necklaces, pendants, bracelets and more. In addition to her jewelry work, Aileen creates miniature bonsai trees, grape vines as well as clothing accessories out of various types of wire. Regarding her use of copper wire, Aileen said, “Some people believe in the therapeutic use of copper, others like the warm earth tones and the lower prices” that using less expensive metals allow. Aileen has expanded to making artistic belts out of copper, such as the one pictured with this article. She said, “I like the warm tones of the copper. It matches the warm pink of the lapidolite.” Aileen says that she is careful to match the metal to the colors of the stones. Aileen occasionally shows her work Renaissance Fairs. “It’s great
fun to dress up and pretend to live in another time,” she said. Aileen says that fair goers particularly appreciate the fact that all of her work is hand crafted. Aileen says that she brings a miniature anvil to these shows. She went on to relate an experience at a Fair in 2008, “My booth was next to the kasbah for a troupe of belly dancers. We had so much fun. To show my appreciation, I hammered out copper arm bracelets on the spot for the whole troupe. They loved them!” Recently, Aileen has begun using copper wire for some of her jewelry. The pendant pictured with this article has a stone called “Brilliant Wood” that has naturally embedded topaz crystals set using copper wire. This piece prices at $93, while a comparable piece set in gold fill wire would range closer to $200. However, this less expensive alternative doesn’t come without drawbacks. “Copper isn’t my first choice for pendants,” Aileen admitted, “because copper gets very soft in the smaller gauges needed for setting pendants.” Another problem is getting the correct shapes and sizes. Aileen uses square and half-round wire to set stones into pendants. Aileen says that “square and half round copper wire used to be hard to come by, but with gold and silver prices going out of sight, more manufacturers are providing copper and other metals as an alternative.” In 2008 Aileen began using copper to sculpt grape vines. Since she lives in California’s Central Coast area, she has taken the opportunity to show her work at some of the more than 200 local wineries. “At the winery shows, the grape vines get a lot of attention,” she said. How does she compensate for softness of copper in her tree and vine sculptures? For the grape vines Aileen prefers to use recycled wire. “Recycled wire is harder because it has been worked around and so it holds it’s shape better,” she said. Aileen cited another advantage to using copper in her sculpture: “Over time the copper takes on a natural patina that causes the metal to more closely resemble real grape vines.” Another use for copper wire? Aileen recommends that those who are interested in making wire jewelry or other wire work to begin by practicing with copper wire, before moving on to sterling silver or gold. At $1400 per ounce of gold, that sounds like good advice. ^
Artist: Izzy Winterhart Blog: underacoppersky.typepad.com Shop: underacoppersky.etsy.com
Gift of the Yellow Moon was definitely inspired by the yellow jasper. Itâ€™s such a stunning stone and needed to be the center of attention. I placed it on a round piece of hammered coppered that has a slight heat patina and encased by copper wire. I then embellished it all with copper filigree that is attached by rivets.
Artist: Marie Frazier Blog: superioragates.blogspot.com Shop: superioragates.etsy.com As everyone knows, the price of gold is already high, and the price of silver just keeps climbing - which has led me to use more copper than normal in my jewelry. Much to my surprise, Iâ€™ve found chain maille as addictive as wire wrapping! This piece was inspired by another creation from late last year - a favorite at a Christmas Bazaar - that proved that warm , down-to-earth and elegant colors are always in style. The jade focal point is a stone I hand-cut. The copper handmade chain has Russian jade and cream-colored freshwater pearls and is finished off with a copper toggle clasp.
Artist: Nancy Pace Blog: nancyswildwirejewelry.blogspot.com Shop: nancyswildwire.etsy.com “Revelation” (below left) was really a challenge. This is my depiction of the second coming done in copper, bronze, crystal, and sterling. It started with a vision of the Star of Bethlehem holding a caged crystal and took on a life of its own. The seven crystals are significant to the overall theme. “Madonna and Child” (below right) is framed in copper and red brass. The focal is a large natural pearl with abnormalities.
Artist: LaMata Lewis Shop: crazy2weardesigns.com Adinkrahene is a West African Andinkra symbol of circles within circles, communicating greatness, charisma, and leadership. It is called the chief of the Andinkra symbols and many others grew from it. This got me to start thinking of circles that intersect and are interwoven and organic. The necklace and bracelet are copper-clad brass circles woven with solid copper balls and copper wire. The handmade clasp mimics the curve of the circles.
Artist: Carol B. Roskey Hand-cut and polished white quartz, wire-wrapped with copper wire and rainbow silicate beads.
Artist: Audrey Fetterhoff, AudreyGardenLady Blog: audreygardenlady. blogspot.com Shop: audreygardenlady. etsy.com Unique handcrafted jewelry by AudreyGardenLady.
Artist: Mary Jane Tanner Shop: littlefeatherspirit.etsy. com I saw this design in one of the Step by Step wire magazines and decided to try it , I changed the clasp and added some beads, I just love it, I love wire!
Taking Jewelry Photos Tips and tricks for that necessary evil of online sales: product photography.
I am not a professional photographer (even though some people seem to think I am!). To be honest, I detest taking photos of my jewelry—it’s my least favorite part of the the entire makingand-selling process. But, as we all know, photography is a necessary evil when you sell online. Here are my tips and tricks for getting great shots that sell! The Set Up As you can see from the photos at right, my setup is not particularly professional-looking: I take my photos on my computer desk, which is next to a window. Natural daylight is essential to great pictures. The brighter the sun, the better your shots will be, but you can still take photos on an overcast day (as long as it’s not too dark). Pull back the curtains to let in as much light as possible. Try propping a piece of white card stock behind the jewellery (out of sight of the camera) to help reflect the light.
Tracy Smith cinnamonjewellery.artfire.com
Tracy Smith is a self-confessed chocolholic jewelry maker who’s at her happiest when she’s creating. She creates original designs in sterling silver and copper, and recently began an adventure in creating torch enameled jewelry from her studio in East Sussex.
Bonus tip: To avoid unwanted shadows, don’t take photos in direct sunlight. The Camera A normal digital camera, set to take medium-sized photos, is sufficient for pictures destined for online display. Rather than
leaving your camera on automatic, try experimenting with the manual settings if your camera has them—your photos may turn out much better! The main setting I alter is the exposure setting (the amount of light going into the camera), which is affected by the amount of available natural light. The exposure setting I use most is just below zero, which probably sounds wrong, but seems to work best for me—experiment to see what works for you! Be sure to use the macro setting (the tulip symbol on the camera) for close-ups. A tripod or mini-tripod and camera timer can help eliminate blurred images. It’s a bit more time-consuming but worth it in the end. My camera lets me get pretty close to the jewelry in the macro setting—sometimes about an inch and half away—and the box that appears on the camera’s screen lets me know which part is in focus before I press the shutter. Sometimes it’s necessary to half press the shutter several times before the “right” part of the jewellery is in focus! I normally take at least 12 photos of each piece from different angles and positions then pick the best five once I’ve uploaded them to the computer. The colour of beads and type of metal in the jewelry can affect the end results (I always find copper is easier to photograph than sterling silver.) Bonus tip: If you plan to submit to a print publication (book, magazine, etc., or even your own physical catalog or advertisement), be sure to use the highestresolution setting your camera allows. Small-to-medium images are perfect for web use but won’t reproduce well in print. Backgrounds and Props Backgrounds and props are a personal choice: some people love them, some people prefer a plain white background. I like to use coloured backgrounds as I
struggle with everything looking washed out when I use white. My current favorite backgrounds are an old hardback book and pieces of slate I acquired on a holiday in Menorca (I knew they’d come in useful for something!) I also use small pebbles picked up from a Northumberland beach. Bonus tip: Don’t let the props take over and overshadow the jewellery. Remember, you want people to buy your product, not your background!
Artist: Eva Sherman Blog: grandriverbeadsblog.blogspot.com Shop: grandriverbeads.com
Editing I highly recommend editing photos using an editing program such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. Free versions of editing programs are available to download if you don’t have one already. A few tweaks with the brightness and contrast setting can work wonders with a photo and really bring it to life. I rarely need to brighten the colour—in fact, I sometimes have to tone it down, as it’s important to keep the colour of beads as true to life as possible. Once you’ve edited the photo, crop it to size and give it a name. Now breathe a big sigh of relief—it’s over until the next lot of jewelry is ready!^
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Copper Wire Jewelers Magazine, Issue 5, June 2011 Founding Editor: Lois Linquist (firstname.lastname@example.org) Layout and Design: Hot Glue Media (email@example.com) Content and images used with permission of the copyright holders.