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Wire Weaving Terms

As we discuss wire weaving it is good to know terms that refer to each part of the weave. Having not found generally used terminology, yet, my own terminology is evolving. The following list includes both my own and standard terms used in jewelry in general.

Here is a list of terms to assist you in reading future Blog entries.

Spine-which is the wires that support the weave.

Weave-typically a thinner gauge wire that weaves in a pattern between the spines.

Bail-the part of the complete piece of wire weave that forms the loop connecting the wire weave to the main portion of the jewelry (such a the necklace, bracelet, earring or such).

Wire gauge-the diameter of the wire. Typically the larger the number the thinner the wire.

This is a short list, however, having defined the terms it will provide for clearer communication in future blog entries about wire weaving.


March 31, 2010

Wire Weaving

Weaving wire is a technique that adds texture to jewelry. A higher gauge of wire is used for this weaving technique.

Wire weaving is exactly that, weaving the wire from one point to another. It is quite unlike the feel of weaving with typical material thread. One must handle the wire correctly. The wire tangles but at that point it breaks.

Hobby wire or practice wire is best used to learn this process.

Weaving wire reminds me of learning embroidering. One keeps working with the wire and gets to know how the wire wishes to flow and perfecting the look.

It does take some time to perfect the method. It is well worth it for the texture and new doors it opens up for the jewelry artist.

Alaska Handmade Jewelry

March 26, 2010

Spring's Color - Turquoise

The popular color for this spring is Turquoise. There are many stones that are called Turquoise. One example is Turquoise Magnesite. Stones such as Turquoise Magnesite are often sold as if they were the traditional Turquoise. It is very important for the owner of a piece of jewelry to know if they have real Turquoise or another stone that has become considered to be Turquoise.

Because it is difficult to know if a stone is indeed what it is claimed to be. For this reason, Alaska Handmade Jewelry discloses in the description what the stones are in the Jewelry by specific name. Also, all of our Turquoise of all types are obtained by requiring full disclosure of the stone.

For our latest creation using Turquoise as the dominate color is Waves of Turquoise Necklace. As disclosed in the description, the stones are Turquoise Magnesite.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have in reference to Alaska Handmade Jewelry.

Have fun shopping our site.


New Creations

For the next several days there will be new additions added to our site.

These will be found under New Creations when added. They will be found also under each category that are the gemstones used in the design.

Because there are more gemstones used in Alaska Handmade Jewelry than there are separate categories in our catalog, the selection of "Other" will be an important place to find even more selections.

So, please check back regularly to find your one of a kind Alaska Handmade Jewelry keepsake.

Have fun shopping.

You Will Not Want To Miss Out

It won't be long before several new creations are completed. Pictures will be posted as soon as our Lampwork Artist, Jim, takes time from creating beads to use his quite nice photography talent and take pictures of the new creations.

These new creations are quite impressive. From German Silver with Pink Opals to pearls, Carnelian, Kambaba Jasper and even an ankle bracelet you will be delighted.

There may even be an appearance of a creation featuring our Lampwork beads in the hot color for spring. So keep an eye on Alaska Handmade Jewelry, some of these creations are finding forever homes before they can be posted. You won't want to miss out on these bargains.

Back to the workbench for me.

Open Chain Necklace

Open Chain German Silver necklace at Alaska Handmade JewelryOne of the current looks is large open chain necklaces. The thing about that is, often they are heavy and huge with a capitol "H". So, how does one wear the style and move freely?

Here is my answer, handmade big bold links out of the correct gauge of wire. The design is open and allows for lots of movement. Some sparkle is added with Swarovski crystals accenting Turquoise Magnesite.

Often another thing that comes into consideration of larger styled necklaces, or any necklace worn when working or relaxing, is the clasp. The clasp on this necklace is the same as the links on the chain but smaller and hooks into the chain itself.

My wire creations are being previewed on this blog. Many of these creations will be offered a limited time and then go on to a gallery showing. And not made available other than through the gallery. So by following this blog you get dibs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about this or any of my creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Alaska Charm Bracelet

Alaskan Charm Bracelet German Silver at Alaska Handmade JewelryThree Alaskan charms are featured on this handmade silver tone charm bracelet. They are a 7/8 inch oval imprinted with Alaska, a 1 1/8 inch wide nicely colored moose (got to have a moose on an Alaska charm bracelet) and an approximately inch long Alaska state flag.

The hand made wire sculpture bracelet consists of a four leafed clover shape (yes, for good luck). Joined by a swirl that symbolizes the Northern lights. The bracelet is 7 3/4 inches long (be sure to add a little extra in length for hand made wire jewelry).

Thank you,

Alaskan Whale Necklace

Whale Wirewrap Necklace German Silver at Alaska Handmade JewelryAnimals are very special beings. With that in mind, there is quite a lot of thought that has gone into this Alaska Whale necklace. It features a whale with lots of symbolic wire sculpture. The following description will explain the symbolism of the placement of the wire.

This necklace features a carved three inch long swimming whale brings to mind the whales we enjoy in Alaska. When wire wraping the whale I wanted this beautiful creature left free in its elements of water and time. With this in mind, coils under the whale symbolize it passage through time. The twisting wire leading over the whale is water. The three loops that join the bail are for the three times: past, present and future. The bail is reminiscent of swirling water. The whale can be easily removed from the bail--this preserves the whale's freedom.

This creation is very dear to me and hopefully you enjoy seeing it. This is truly a one of a kind creation.


Forget-Me-Nots, Alaska's State Flower

Forget-Me_Not German Silver ring at Alaska Handmade JewelryAs you may know, Forget-Me-Nots are the Alaska State Flower. And I have been working on coming up with a simple design that features a Forget-Me-Not.

Here is a peek for you. It is a simply done German Silver ring featuring a transparent bead that is colored and shaped like a little Forget-Me-Not. This ring design can have more pizazz with additional blossoms. Another addition can be made with a blossom done with a Swarovski crystal.

Prices can vary on this cute little remembrance of Alaska. And the ring can be made in sterling silver, if you prefer. Our price, as pictured here in German Silver is a bargain at $10 for a great Alaskan memory.

Although this ring has not previewed on the site, for Alaska Handmade Jewelry blog pals you can use with any requests or questions about our Alaska Forget-Me-Not ring.

Have a great spring.


The Wait is Almost Over

The wait is almost over for the posting of the wire sculpture featuring Green Tree Agate. It is anticipated that this creation will be posted this evening. Click here to view the Green Tree Agate set.

As a result of comments on our blog, Wire Wrap creation at Alaska Handmade Jewelrythe set includes earrings, necklace and bracelet. The price for this new wire wrap creation includes all three pieces.

The Green Tree Agates are floating. For this reason there is some movement of the Agates. As you know, in designing jewelry, my creations have freedom of movement when completed.

It has made my hobby of designing and making jewelry more fun to share with everyone the sneak peek and progress of piece. Thank you for allowing me to share and joining in with your comments.

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