Thursday, September 08, 2011


I like working with wire. In college, I made pins that bare people name, in cursive, using a toughest wire to bend. The kind that dentist used to make braces for people with crooked teeth in the old day.

I stumbled upon a artist who used steel wire to make her jewelry. I like the way it look, so I gave it a try. These wires are tough but forgiving at the same time. Much easier to work with, but my fingers are stronger from working with clay. Not as soft as Artistic wire and the price is just right. You can get them from ACE Hardware Store. I used it to make my rings and ring blanks too.

So I decided to coil it up, made the links, loops and jump rings. My finger tips hurt for a few days, but I really like the result. I decided to dangle small, little beads on it.

I went back to get more wire and found a smaller gauge. Perfect. One of the ring I made last year, I lace the thinner wire through the bigger wire. I like the look and always want to explore more with this form.

I played with the wire and came up with this idea of making a frame and fill it up with clay. Not a new idea, but it will be different look.

Here's one I fill up with a piece of Mokume gane.

Pretty, I like it.
What else I can do with it? Stay tune.


Jane Perala said...

Gorgeous pendant - I love the woven wire frame.

Christine said...

I love this. I love your creativity. You are positively bursting with such great ideas and talent. I have a coil of steel wire at home - I always admire the jewelry people come up with. Now you've given me a good challenge!

Nan said...

These are wonderful! The wire looks like it is flowing and moving. Every time I wear my pretty blue ring you made, I think of you and hope all is well with you.

Unknown said...

Hi Ponsawan, I just became aware of your blog since I am fairly new to Polymer clay. I love the wire and clay. How do you get the clay secured in the wire? Is is glued? If so what kind of glue works well. I would love to try my hand at this design. Any help is greatly appreciated.