Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Back to the Wrap

My very first jewelry pieces, years ago, were wire-wrapped stones, but silver wire became very expensive so I turned to other media.  Once I discovered polymer clay and the ability to make my own colors and shapes, I was hooked and focused almost exclusively on clay.  In the last year or so, however, I've been doing more with metals, wire and stones, and I've fallen in love with copper.  When I found some beautiful Jasper stones, I decided to wrap some of them.  As you can see from this example, I like simple wire shapes that expose most of the stone.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I'm published!!!

My first "how to" article was just published in Easy Metal 2015, a special issue from Step by Step Wire Jewelry.  The design is a brooch made from copper sheet and polymer clay.  The paper edition should be on magazine shelves soon, but a digital version is available now from the Interweave online store.  I'm doing my happy dance.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Working with stones

I've been very busy preparing for my spring shows.  The Toronto Knitters' Frolic went well, and I have the Milton Farm Craft Show this weekend, the 2nd and 3rd.

The Milton show will be my first opportunity to show off some of my new jewellery designs.  One thing I've been working on is making necklaces with beautiful Jasper stones.


The necklace above features a big Jasper stone and handmade bronze wire links.


This necklace features a beautifully colored stone, bronze bars woven together with copper wire and an antiqued copper chain.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A little bling

I didn't design this bracelet but Malliga Nathan, a talented designer who works at my favorite bead store, BeadFX, graciously gave me permission to reproduce it for sale.  It is made with metal beads and Swarovski crystals in a right-angle-weave technique and is placed on a leather strap with magnetic clasp.  I'm fairly new to beading so learning this stitch was a challenge.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Shawl Pin Design

Here is my latest shawl pin design.  I made them using my new "Now That's a Jig".  I choked on the price of the jig, but it works beautifully and is easier to use than my homemade jigs of nails hammered into pieces of wood.  I've got a lot of experimenting to do with it.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Bevy of Bracelets

I recently watched a session of Craftcast with Alison Lee called Patina Playtime where she made some cool bracelets from brass cuff blanks.  I decided to make some of my own, and I'm happy with the way they turned out.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

My new website

Finally it's finished.  I took my new website live today.  You can check it out at:
www.cynthiablanton.com