Learning Isn’t Pretty

Petoskey Stone

michelle Artisan Jewelry, Creative Process, Wire-weaving , , ,

With the jewelry set I’ve been trying to finish for the last two weeks on the back-burner as I await for the delivery of yet another connector that will hopefully solve my problem, I decided to return to my long term project: learning how to make wire-wrapped jewelry. I am finding that YouTube is my friend in this endeavor.

Last week, I ordered a couple cabochons: a blue lace agate and a fossilized coral known at a Petoskey Stone.


I used this video created by Oxana Crafts as my guide. Here is a picture of her finished product. Lovely isn’t it?

She does an excellent job at showing every step, giving the exact lengths of wire needed, and made it look simple. It’s not. As a beginner, I feel like I’m all thumbs.

She used half round wire. While it makes sense if I’d thought about it, the half round wire is really flimsy, and it takes a lot of work to keep it from twisting. I finally decided I was too inexperienced to manage the half round. I dug out my round wire and used it. I discovered that I should have used longer lengths for the round than was needed for the half round. Also, something that makes sense if you stop and think about it.

So here is my version:

Petoskey Stone

It’s okay to laugh! Let’s just say, it was a great learning experience……  Besides my inexpert rendition, I don’t like the wires going across the front. It would probably be fine on the agate, but it conflicts the fossil pattern on this piece. I’ve already removed the wire from this cabochon.

I’m just glad copper is cheap.

I’m linking to these fine blogs:

Funtastic Friday at Olives & Okra
Creative Compulsions, hosted by yours truly
Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home
Wendy’s Peacock Party
Best of the Weekend at Calypso in the Country

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  1. Hi Michelle-
    Love that petoskey stone, it is gorgeous and I thought you did a great job with the wire wrapping. I’ve done wire wrapping in the past, but not much lately. My hands tend to hurt after awhile, guess I’m too tense and fighting the wire too much. Great job and thanks for sharing the video and pics that you used. ~Holly G

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! I can relate to the process making your hands sore. Some of the ladies who have made these wire-wrapping tutorials have mentioned their callouses.

  2. Pretty! The few times I’ve worked with wire, I found it difficult to get it to go where I wanted without kinking it or otherwise marring the metal. The copper with that stone is such a pretty combination.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s going to take lots of practice to learn how to work with the wire. I will be re-doing the cage on the Petoskey Stone, but sticking with the copper wire.

  3. That fossilized coral stone is beautiful! I’m sure you’ll come up with something you are happy with, with an other try or two. Any new skill takes practice! Don’t be too hard on yourself. I have never tried jewellry making or wire work so have no advice other than keep trying! You’ve got lovely stones to work with!

  4. I admire you for trying new things. I’m sure in six months you’ll have this mastered. Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.

  5. I love your honest post as you learn a new skill. My son is very good at this, I have never tried it. I do work with wire and crystals to make trees and sun catchers.
    Thanks for sharing this on the Blogger’s Pit Stop I hope you come back and share more with us.

    1. Thank you! I’d love to see your wire work! I’m very partial to suncatchers. I have a linkup party called Creative Compulsions that opened today. I’d love it if you would linkup!

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