Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a
contributing editor to Beading Daily
There are artists I know who are technical geniuses. Others knock me out creatively. And yet others are great teachers. But there are a handful of artists who combine all of those traits. Denise Peck, editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine, is one of those few artists who have it all.
With her metalsmithing background and Viking knit, soldering, and wire-fusing specialties, Denise brings a unique expertise to the wireworking field. She's a frequent face on the teaching circuit, too, at events like Bead Fest and by invitation at bead shops. Denise not only shares her tips and techniques in class, though. She is featured in three how-to DVDs and is the author of Wire Style and 101 Wire Earrings, two best-selling books.
Lucky for us, Denise has finished yet another book, Wire Style 2. It's a wonderful sequel to her first offering, filled with 45 projects (and a DVD!) that range from beginning to advanced and are jam-packed with creative inspiration. Lucky for me, I got to chat with Denise a bit about her creative journey, her wireworking heroes, and her thoughts about what's on the radar for wireworking trends:
Q: What new materials should we keep an eye out for to add to our stashes?
A: Because of the high cost of silver, lots of alternative materials have become available to jewelry artists. You’ve seen copper and brass wire become au courant in the past few years. And brightly colored inexpensive aluminum wire is becoming more readily available. The latest thing I’ve seen that I must get my hands on is wire that is wrapped with thread! Reminiscent of wired ribbon, you can add both beautiful color and texture to your wire pieces with this delightful new wire!
Q: What type of wire have you been using most these days? Why?
A: I continue to use sterling as much as I can because I am a sucker for the oxidized look you get from liver of sulfur. I’ve been asking manufacturers to please make me a silver craft wire (copper with a silver coating) that can be oxidized! I’d buy that up by the pound!
Thanks for continually inspiring us, Denise! I, for one, am excited to dig into all these gorgeous projects in Wire Style 2.