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Wire-Ball Bead from Ancient Modern by Ronna Sarvas Weltman

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Designer: Ronna Sarvas Weltman

Published: April 2, 2010

Technique: Wirework

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jetmuis wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 8:32 AM
Thank you for the tute, they are really awesome;-D i will certenly try this at home!;-D
halliburton wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 9:48 AM

Boy!  Thanks for the FREE lesson.  That was difficult...not.  I've ordered mags and beads from your site.  Maybe next time you'll throw me a real bone.

elsewhere wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 12:22 PM

Without a doubt, this is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. It doesn't even deserve to be called

a bead.......if this is the kind of junk that BeadingDaily is offering now, then it's clearly time for me to

cancel my membership. A 5 year old could make something more artistic than this waste of

perfectly good wire. I don't know a single person who would wear jewelry with a "bead" like

this in it..................PATHETIC.

Please people, give us something better than junk like this..........

EmilyG@21 wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 3:29 PM

I think it's fun.  I did the same thing with copper wire on a mandrel, to be strung with twist n curl beads.  I also think there are nicer ways for people to say that it's not their cup of tea.  Every person has a different idea of beauty, and of what's fun or cute or whimsical.  If we all agreed, everyone would be bored -- and boring.

Cathie@2 wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 4:07 PM

Sorry, not my cup of tea either.

Patti@137 wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 4:08 PM

When I first saw this bead in a piece of jewelry I was intrigued. I see this in silver combined with large nuggets of turquoise or coral. Thanks for showing a close-up


swani wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 5:44 PM

I also love it - I admit I've made simlar beads myself in various metals - they look terrific with all kinds of other elements, but my favorites are items such as beach glass, shells, and driftwood, along with other beach-trip found objects, and combined with other metals and shapes. Simple doesn't necessarily mean unbeautiful nor unartistic. These wire beads have a wild, organic, textural feel to them that I personally love. I also love horses' manes flowing wild when they're galloping or playing and the graceful waving of sea grasses in water; I could watch both for hours - they hypnotize me with happiness and a peaceful feeling, and these beads are in that same category.

brokenwing wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 5:56 PM

It is very hard for me to understand the need for such rudeness, simply because a tutorial is not to your liking.  If it is not your cup of tea, fine, but to say another persons work is pathetic?  In my book, THAT is pathetic and in poor taste.  We should be supportive of one another and respect our differences in style and techniques.  This kind of jewelry actually sells really well in many different venues.  I appreciate the fact that the tutorials reach many different levels of skill, technique, & design.

And Ronna, I apologize, not for them, but for the rudeness displayed by my fellow Artisans.  My Daddy always said , "If you can't say something nice, it's best not to say anything at all."  OR at least constructive criticism, nothing more.

I feel the  "Golden Rule" applies here also, but this is just my opinion.

on Apr 2, 2010 11:58 PM

I don't usually comment on these sites but good grief people...............Where's your since of humor,  I think these noodle beads are rather cute, and shows someone is using their imagination.

Marge@54 wrote
on Apr 3, 2010 6:32 AM

I think they missed th April Fool's part!

I think they are fun and I imagined the dark brown whole wheat pasta with turqoise, coral and silver findings!

I think I will try it, gotta run to the store!

Keep up the fun,


TarrynM wrote
on Apr 3, 2010 6:34 AM

Such charming comments.

Obviously the world of Artisans is suffering from SPMS (Simultaneous Pre-Menstural Syndrome)
There can't be any other reason for the snippy comments from such a (usually) wonderful group of people.

Ronna, I haven't looked at your tutorial yet, but thankyou for being so generous with your skills. I have come across many other jewelers/beaders who take the stand of "Figure it out yourself" when it comes to their art.
In one way, I can appreciate why they would rather keep their trade secrets to themselves, but personally - I am not out to corner their little market of the beading world.
I am merely here to enjoy myself & to enjoy the learning / developing process of my craft.

There are many tutorials on this site that aren't to my liking, similarly there are many more that I love that aren't to others liking. That doesn't mean I am right and they are wrong (and vice versa) - it just means that we have different tastes and there is never anything wrong in differences of taste/style.

I am a passionate about beading and I am passionate about my children, so I will leave you all with a quote as said by "Thumper" from that great childrens movie "Bambi"

Thumper: "If you can't say sumthin nice....don't say it at all"...

Happy beading everyone.

IrinaS wrote
on Apr 4, 2010 3:10 PM

indded, some people think they can be as malitious as they want, just because this is the internet, and there is not a lot of chance for people to see their faces...


and as for some patterns being too simple, or too known... that seems to me to be just the limitation of the readers who feel so.

I wanted to make beads like this for a long time, and being an inveterat beadweaver, had no idea how to start. My first thought seeing this bead was "it would look awesome with beads strung on the wire on the outtermost layers!".

and there are other variations that I'm irking to try: mixed colors, mixed gauges,patterned wire...


thanks you Erin for bringing us the article,

and thank you editors for getting professionals to impart their knowledge for free.

AnneT@40 wrote
on Apr 5, 2010 10:28 AM

Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder & I, for one have sent off for the book "Ancient Modern" by Ronna Servas Weltman whose tutorial this is.  In fact I believe that this is one of the projects contained in the book, so I have gladly paid for something that the rest of you are getting for free!  I am with the others who say don't say anything, if you can't say something constructive or complimentary.  By the way, the bits of the book I've previewed, look fantastic - especially the jewellery on the front cover with the wire beads!  I can't wait to get my hands on it. 

Sugar wrote
on Apr 5, 2010 11:24 AM

The sun is shining, the flood waters are receding, the birds are singing... and this little, tangled ball of wire pops up in my email! This simple little tutorial is cute (yes, cute!) and has been filed away with my other tutorials for just such a time as when I think of a clever way to use it! You know,  I imagine a cat bead enclosed inside, as if he were inside a ball of yarn. It would make a cute pendant for a child, or any cat-lover, for that matter. It's not fine art, that's for sure, but who says it all begins and ends with fine art?

I have seen children in Haiti playing jacks with little stones- no need for a rubber ball if you don't have one... so, do we discount all games of 'jacks' if they don't contain little metal pieces and a wee rubber ball? ; )                                                                            You must release your imagination from it's little box and not be afraid of where it goes!

AnastaciaBR wrote
on Apr 5, 2010 5:27 PM

I love the organic feeling of these wire beads, especially using these antiqued or base metal wires. I think of birds nests and cocoons looking at these. Well done, Ronna!

No, we certainly don't need any rude or demoralizing comments made about anybody's work here.  Maybe a tutorial on how to critique effectively is in order..........??  

Carrie Hicks wrote
on Apr 7, 2010 8:32 AM
Thanks for the information about the wirewrapped bead. I have used various sized wire - smaller than what you used here. They are interesting additions to projects. I like the eclectic feel. Wrapping one reminds me of wrapping balls of yarn with my grandemother when I was a girl.
Mary@327 wrote
on Oct 13, 2010 2:15 PM

I work at a school where there are no funds, and the surrounding neighborhood is extremely poor. Children in this area have never been able to afford to make jewelry, much less buy jewelry. Tutorials like this - using non-expensive items - that allow teens to make jewelry and be creative is wonderful. Thank you for your generosity and sharing the tutorial. These may not be beautiful to some, but to people who have no money, yet want to be creative, these will be gorgeous ( I plan to make a few and I WILL wear one to show the girls). Mary