Wire-crafted jewelry is truly an art. The Phoenicians are the first civilization credited with creating jewelry from wire some 5000 years ago. There are many examples of wire jewelry in ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. Pieces have been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs. Very few special tools are required to turn wire into a piece of jewelry you would be proud to wear or sell. The artist bends, twists, and cuts the wire to create a beautiful piece of jewelry that is literally held together by a "string" of wire. I prefer to use wire in my jewelry designs because is is sturdy: There is little fear of breakage and the pieces never have to be restrung. When I design on of these pieces, I feel as if I am creating heirloom jewelry for the future.
My second set of stepped out photos.
I am really excited about Jodi Bombardier new book Weave, Wrap, Coil: Creating Artisan Wire Jewelry. Have any of you purchased Jodi's book yet? It is on my Santa list. I can't wait to see her techniques in this book.