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The next step from buying handmade lampwork beads in bulk, is buying artistic glass beads and cabs from self-representing glass artists. They are usually higher quality than the commercially manufactured supplies, and unlike them, are absolutely unique (this is me
showing the middle finger wondering how to protect myself from plagiarism, which unfortunately happened just recently). I’ve recently purchased some beautiful pieces from other artists on Etsy.
I’ve got some interesting fused/dichroic glass cabs from ForThePeople (USA). I posted a photo of them a few days back. Two pendants that I’ve already made didn’t take very much time to complete, just slightly longer than my usual bead-based pendants. The yellow one is odd, because the design is victorian goth inspired, but the yellow cab is more high tech goth, than victorian goth (not sure if goth people wear yellow). Hopefully someone will like it. The other one is also weird, because I can’t really tell what colour it is. The base is brownish red, but it looks mostly black when wrapped in wire, and the metallic decorations on the top are multi-colour. I also wasn’t sure what wire would be the best for it, so I went with neutral silver.
Antonija Gospić (Glassilicious) from Zadar, Croatia, whom I know from deviantArt (and she’s one of those talented people who inspired me to take up wire wrapping) also designs awesome glass beads. I’ve got some glass donuts from her shop, and wrapped two of them in copper wire (partially hammered):
I’ve also got ten fused glass cabs (slightly different in style, in general, than the other ones) from an Irish glass artist Mollie Barrow; made one pendant so far, but it took me half a day to complete it. The cab is gorgeous warm purple shade.
I’ve wanted to do earrings like this for a long time now – created on one continuous piece of wire. But the wire I’ve had so far was too soft for this (or too hard to be comfortably shaped at all), until I got a wire anvil and hammer. Hammering makes the wire hold its shape better and generally harder, so now it’s easy for me to go on with this idea.
Also, while I’m waiting for a supply shipment (which includes silver plated bead findings that I intend to use for this type of earrings), I’m using scraps of wire to make wire wrapped bead caps (the pyramid shape on the top of the floral bead). It’s not a bad idea, one that’s worth developing perhaps.
Small spirals (also hammered) on the bottom – it’s how the beads stay on the wire.
It seems that over time I’ve gathered plenty of turquoise coloured beads. I doubt that many of them are the actual turquoise, mostly they’re just dyed howlite and magnesite, but still they’re pretty. I’ve decided to do something with them finally, so I took the teardrop-shaped ones and made some earrings.
I have something new for RPG and Middle Ages fans: another Morning Star pendant. This one is more complicated than the old one, also much longer, so I decided not to include a piece of chain.
I rarely make wire wrapped earrings, because my pendants are much more popular. Perhaps because the earrings are more demanding, as they’re generally expected to come in pairs and it’s difficult for me to repeat a pattern. They also have to be light and are generally more demanding, so whenever I make them, I try to keep them relatively simple.
I myself, though, prefer to wear earrings every day. I’ve listed these two pairs just now, although I had made them two months ago. I also have a third pair that I made for myself, and I wanted to wear them a bit to make sure they’re not too heavy and generally nice to wear. They are. I have some more wire/stone combinations, and I can also make custom ones with this pattern.