Wire Art Jewelry Workshop is like a class with Sharilyn packaged in a book and DVD! It’s almost like she’s in your studio coaching you every step of the way! I was lucky enough to catch up with the lovely Ms. Miller and ask about her new masterpiece.
Sharilyn provided suggestions for wire newbies and explained, “there are 67 pages of front matter detailing all the techniques used in the projects that follow. So, go through every technique (using cheap wire!) several times to perfect your skills before attempting to make the actual projects. Then start with the easiest ones: Cage Bead Bracelet, Snake Vertebra Bracelet, and Thai Heart Pendant. From there, start taking up some more challenging projects.”
A Grateful Heart Necklace
If you run into trouble, use a wire gauge smaller than called for to make a project; for example, if a link in a bracelet is to be made in 16ga wire, make it first in 18ga wire. Once you strengthen your hands through practice, you will find that wire-art jewelry becomes easier and more fun to make. I always pity beginners because they not only have to learn a new skill and put new information into their brains, but they are usually working with weak hands and wrists that are not used to handling pliers and cutters, bending heavy-gauge wire, hammering, etc. It’s quite the challenge until you build up your strength, but then it is SO rewarding once you do!
Celtic Knot Bracelet
Final word of advice to beginners: take a workshop with a qualified, experienced wire jewelry artist/teacher. Learn the basics thoroughly, practice a lot (using cheap wire and the best quality pliers you can afford), and then add to your knowledge through books and DVDs. I myself learned through several hours of instruction from wire guru Lynne Merchant, and would not have advanced my skills had I not studied intensively with her for nearly two years and spent thousands of hours in diligent practice. And I started out with quality tools, never have owned a cheap tool in my life, thankfully!
For more fun with Sharilyn, head on over to my bonus blog: More Waves With Sharilyn Miller’s Wire Art Jewelry Workshop.
The best is yet to bead!