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About the same time that I read about this challenge, I read one of the Crafty Hope blogs where she shares a look at her week. At its end, she shares a few of her inspirations. Her inspirations sometimes become mine. In this particular blog, Hope highlighted some Wire Whimsies by Fresh Bakes Designs that are great for gifts or decorating gifts.
I decided I would make a set of white flowers as a gift for my daughter. She has planter's on her deck that a set of these flowers would look cute especially when waiting for spring flowers. I gathering my tools which included:
Wire cutters (not jewelry cutters)
wire straightening tool
round nose pliers
24 gauge wire
16 gauge black annealed wire
30 6 -8mm beads -your choice
Sealant for wire-I used steel and Renaissance wax
Next, I spiraled the wire right off the spool to prepare the wire. I cut a total of 7 feet of wire and rubbed it with steel wool and then Renaissance wax to make it suitable for the outside. Fresh Baked Design offers another way of treating the annealed wire. I then took 5 feet of wire and made 8 wraps. I bent the wire at 90 degrees and straightened the curve out with my wire straightening tool for a stem. Then, used pliers to create the leaf. Nipped off the end to leave the stem piece about 12 inches long. The length is up to you. The total wire length for the frame was about 7 feet. The flowers ended up being 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
Using the 24 gauge wire, I wired the bottom of the flower spiral to the stem and wrapped the beads around the outer spiral. You can use the 24 gauge wire wrapped to wrap down the stem to add a touch of more detail and stability. The amount and size of the beads you use will affect the stability. Expect to use about 6 feet of this wire. I plan to go back and do that. I found stability a slight problem that I will correct and I think it will add to a whimsical look.
|whimsical wire flower by BayMoonDesign|
I really like how these are free flowing and a bit wonky. I think it adds to the charm! You can also fiddle with the spirals to suit your needs. Or push them out a little so they have some dimension. I used white beads that had a blueish glow like an iceberg. I plan to make a set of white wire flowers for me. I have always wanted a night garden of white flowers. I don't have a green thumb so I see this as the perfect solution for me.
|Pewter ladies earrings by BayMoonDesign|
I am happy to report that this month's inspIration finally pushed me use a pair of ladies in pewter by Inviciti. They have been on my jewelry table for at least a year while I waited for a perfect background for them. For awhile, I had planned to make a copper oval disk and use that as the background for the ladies. When I spotted these vintage white mother of pearl disk in my stash, I saw that they made a nice, bright background for the ladies.
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Grab your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy seeing what this talented group of artisans creates with white as the inspiration and the medium wide open.
Art Elements Team
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