Morning Wire Meditation, June 28 2019
Okay, this one took me way out of my comfort zone. Normally my wirework involves a lot of different shapes of swoops that switch direction every few loops; for this piece, I made myself stick to only ONE kind of swoop per pass, and all in the same direction. So first it was all the same direction of fwooshy swoops, and then on the next pass it was all right vertical wraps, and on the final pass it was all s-curves. The only thing I varied was the tightness and placement, and I actually had to fight to keep from automatically switching direction/type of loop every few turns.
(Also, a confession: I didn’t have any wire scraps this morning, since I was too migraine-y to actually work yesterday. So I decided that cutting wire from a spool is permissible on the rare occasions when I actually don’t have any leftover scraps from the previous day.)
Oh, and this is 6.5” long. I can add an extender if you need one.
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (If you ever need an extra box for gift-giving purposes, just ask!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!