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  1. ariroark says:

    Ok, I am a metalsmith and have seen tons of wire wrapped jewelry out of both precious and non-precious metals,I have also seen a lot of wire wrapped stones from pieces made by primary aged kids (3-5) to people up in years .While art is the conceptualisation of the artist and another person may not consider it art, the same is true for craft- while something one makes may appeal or not to another person interested in using the same materials – but then there is the design: what is cool and groovy to the maker may not appeal to either the recipient if it should be a gift, or the buyer if offered for sale, or the student – if seeking to learn a technique from another crafter.
    This project is one of those pieces that begs a bit more experience on the part of the educator. Anyone can take a pre-drilled stone, or a tumbled rock and stick some reasonably gauged wire ( 12-18 for what you are trying to accomplish with the material shown in the DIY instruction on your blog ) through it, wrapping the ends so it remains in one piece,and hopefully having finished the ends of the exposed wire before the ends are hidden in the design so it won’t pierce the wearer’s skin…I am not certain this educator did that, nor cut the wire(s) to size the ring for specific differently sized fingers, ( or a pendant or whatever one can dream up to do with a pre-drilled stone, or bead, etc.), nor made a preliminary sketch to lay out the project.
    I would encourage the maker to look at some different ways to shape the wire so that it can be made to lay flat- like making half round wire ( by drawing it through even a self-made wooden die: drilling a hole in a sturdy piece of board that can be clamped in a vise and lubed with beeswax to make the process easier, the round wire doubled in length and then pulled through the die to make the sides that touch each other flatten out leaving a domed side on the outside wires), and having a finished professionally done look, and appeal to it. Perhaps investing in a ring mandrel to size the rings, and a couple of pair of flat nosed and round nosed or chain nosed pliers to straighten the wires if sticking to the material used in the “DIY Tutorial” , but all-in-all with the kind of reply posts on your site ( the blog looked quite professional) you clearly have a built in target audience, if not market- but your skill set needs some furthering. I say that without any nasty intentions only in suggesting that you could make your work look far less like a primary schooler did it, and monetize your product/project or at least clean it up so that the recipient doesn’t just toss it in a drawer or something never to look back until they strip the stone for a project of their own or until the copper leaves their skin green..a point you failed to address in your instructions as well. All I’m trying to do is offer some constructive criticism- as I believe it can only help you improve your skills and perhaps, think about design and planning before just doing.Your blog looks clean, now go out there and clean up your work..it will only look better, and be less dangerous 9 i decided to write this after noticing the flush cutting job on the wire and that the ends were going to cut someone and that the ends could possibly catch on one’s favourite clothing or scarf, etc, or skin…).If you need any help don’t hesitate to ask me for it- I will happily point you towards sources for materials other than the kind of wires available at x-marts, and instruction on wire wrapping that looks like both cold and hot connected (soldered) art jewelry..
    Regards,