A lot of things I do go in phases. I get obsessed, I wear it out, I move on. Okay, maybe not quite that extreme, but I am pretty fickle about what I’m into; it’s always subject to change. One trend I’ve noticed in my wirework is a departure from perfect wrapped loops…
…in favor of something more organic looking. I call these messy wraps.
They kinda remind me of tornado beads.
Sure, messy wraps use more wire than coiling, but we’re talking about 22- to 26-gauge “little guy” wire here. And it’s actually easier for me to tuck in the tip of the wire if I do messy wraps instead of perfect coils on briolettes. Dare I say they look more interesting as well?
And messy wraps are a subtle nod to my beloved bird’s nests.
But wait! There’s more! The other day I was on a turquoise kick and strung some simple strands of beads into necklaces. (Why do I always feel like I have to come up with something new and different when making jewelry? Why do I fight the feeling that *just* stringing beads is uninspired? Sometimes simple is elegant.) This is actually a strand of chrysocolla, but it coordinated nicely with the turquoise grouping.
I wanted the wearer to be able to put this willow toggle clasp at the front, and I love twisted crimps because they feel so solid, but I don’t think they’re pretty enough for the front of a necklace (left side of photo). And they’re too big and flat to fit inside my 2mm crimp covers so necessity led to invention. Rather than order and patiently wait for larger crimp covers, I messy-wrapped the crimps in fine-gauge wire (right side of photo). This also helps take up slack if you decide that your stringing wire is a bit too long after you crimp. Not that this ever happens to me.