Tucson's Top 5 Wire Trends

Feb 28, 2011

I just unpacked the last box from Tucson last month (seriously). You know how it is when you go to a big show, buy so many treasures your credit card is still smoking weeks later and you can't wait to jump into everything and start sorting, and playing, and creating! Well, I just knew there would be no sleep if I unpacked those boxes right away, so I used up every little ounce of self restraint I had left to wait until a few more pressing "to do's" on the list were "done."

I found the trends to be more organic, earthy, and very bronz-y this year. Recycling and reusing found object in jewelry creations were at the top of the list and there were some fascinating elements and components I found I simply could not live without!

Wire Here, Wire There, Wire Everywhere

Wire was hot, hot, HOT! The colored wire spools were delightful to drool over. Many of the booths had folks giving demos on creating your own wire masterpieces. Like potato chips, once you start, there's no stopping. Wireworking pajama parties until the wee hours were plentiful in Tucson! A tradition sure to continue next year.

Wire Sculpture Focal Pieces

Free form wire sculpture demos and classes were all the rage in Tucson this winter. It seemed as though this art form was more popular than in the past. Many have moved beyond kits and want to learn how to create custom sculpture pieces with their own style and color palate.

Mixing Wire Colors

With all the various shades of colors wire now comes in, mixing colors has become even more popular. Using basic wire techniques, you can create jewelry that looks completely different depending on the colors you use.

 Aged and Patina Metals

A new product from LillyPilly Designs totally rocked my world! A treasure cove of textured, etched, and patina-ed copper and aluminum sheets. The sky's the limit on how you could work these into your wire jewelry creations such as resin focal pieces or punched out charm dangles. I can't wait to start!

Chain, Chain, and More Chain

 

Mixing chain with wire in jewelry making has been popular but this year I saw more booths carrying both products together. This made shopping and mixing metals so much easier. I also noticed so many different chain finishes this year, where in the past there was mainly silver and gold. I saw a lot of gunmetal and antique coppers, golds, and rusty patinas. You can match up chain with your wire or use constrating colors for more interest.

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All in all, Tucson's metal and wire treasures were breathtaking (you could hear wallets crying)! So many innovative materials and ways to incorporate them into your jewelry-making was worth the trip alone. So, be sure to put a trip to Tucson on your bucket list! If you didn't make it this year, no worries, you can still enjoy metals and wire inspiration on a regular basis with Step by Step Wire Jewelry.

 

The best is yet to bead!

Creatively,

 

 


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Kristal Wick wrote
on Feb 28, 2011 10:34 AM

I've had sooooo many requests regarding LilliPilly Designs metal sheets and how to contact them. Here you go:

info@lillypillydesigns.com

303-543-8673

Lillypilly Designs  

PO Box 270136  Louisville CO 80027

MyuBug wrote
on Feb 28, 2011 5:35 PM

I love the "Bird's Nest Pendant", is there any way to get this pattern?

brenda@502 wrote
on Mar 11, 2011 11:50 AM

Yes I have been noticing the new trends in wire.  Can you direct me to suppliers that sell the correct type of wire to use??  thank you!!  Haven't found any on my own yet.  I would love to start using them!  haven't seen any spools of wire anywhere like you have shown in your picture