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Beading Bracelets

17 Jan

Club Creative Studio hand-made wire bracelet.

Club Creative Studio hand-made wire bracelet.

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Turquoise bracelet hand-twisted wire from Club Creative Studio.

Turquoise bracelet hand-twisted wire from Club Creative Studio.

Hand-made wire bracelets by Club Creative Studio.

Club Creative Studio speaks often about creativity. Here on the blog, you will find inspiration from art, project ideas, and other helpful information stemming from creativity. Today is no different in that I am sharing a short story from the spark of creativity that comes from the opportunity to collaborate and brain-storm.

I attended a networking event a few months ago and there, I met very interesting business people. Among all of them, I met a lady who had a common thread with me. We both shared the love and passion for beads. She was also designing jewelry so needless to say we had much to talk about. What began from a single common friendship fostered a bond through beading. As we connected via other social media methods, we learned more about each other. We planned an outing together to a local bead store that was going out of business. It was there that we spent several hours looking and speaking about beads as well as shopping for beads. It was really a fun time to spend time with someone with a shared enthusiasm for beads and supplies. We are now “beading buddies”.

My beading buddy bought a bracelet (say that three times fast). The wire bracelet was a store sample from one of their classes. When we looked at it we thought the same thing. We both had wondered how it was made, and if we could figure it out by closer examination, since there was not a way to get instruction from the store that was going out of business. We both had mentioned that we had wanted to try to create something similar but had not taken instruction on the technique. We thought that we could make them ourselves. We ended up splitting the cost of the bracelet and I took it home to dissect so we could recreate it later.

After meeting for a brain-storming session, we combined our creative time, and collaborated with our supplies to make our own versions of the same bracelet. Turns out the pattern was a good starting point for us to springboard into our own style and wire-wrapping techniques. Our skill levels were expanding together and we were inspiring to each other. That is what I am thankful for today, the opportunity to connect and support the creative drive of a fellow artist. Can you think of someone you have merged talents with or have benefitted from bouncing ideas off of? Do tell how it was a positive impact for you.

I am now getting comfortable with the technique and my materials. I will soon be able to offer these hand-made bracelets online for others to enjoy and purchase http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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Creative Thankfulness (3)

31 Aug

Club Creative Studio’s Handmade wire art necklace.

Yesterday’s post from Club Creative Studio shared a few challenges of the latest wire worked project.  Any single day can be filled with obstacles if you are trying a creative project for a first time or have been away from a technique for any duration of time.  Today’s Feature Friday post will share a few successes from the challenges of working with wire in a new way.

Wire art from Club Creative Studio.

Basicly, when I sat to create these necklaces, I wanted to have the feeling and look of the technique of chain maille but, not all of the complicated segments. That look combines individual loops in a maze-like pattern repeated over and over that link together.  This did the trick for me because for one, I did not get a headache or confused too often and for the second reason, I was able to duplicate the method using a variation of technique.

Colored wire art from Club Creative Studio.

Today, I am thankful for variety at the design table, especially the variety of wire.

Wire lends itself to change.  Wire has different levels of strength and durability, it has a range in gauge (thickness), presents itself in suitable qualities, and it  is offered in a variety of colors as well. It is a wonderful to experiment with. When I wrap in wire, it also looks wonderful to mix silver, gold or copper wires together. I love working with wire. Does it show?

Handmade art from http;//www.clubcreativestudio.com

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Celebrating 300 Posts

16 May

Club Creative Studio celebrates the 300 th post today!   Enjoy the fun video featuring the latest hand-made wire creations!

H is for How to Make a Hook

8 Apr

Club Creative Studio blog has a focus on creativity and as a blog challenge participant with the A to Z blog challenge, I also have a focus on a letter. Today’s letter focus is H. The letter H stands for How.  I would like to share HOW I make a Hook.

Are you inspired to create a hook and loop with wire?

To Begin: These are the tools that are needed to create a hand-made wire hook and loop set.

I suggest these tools for use to create a hook and loop set.

As in the above photo, I suggest that you gather your tools first.  Have on hand silver wire, non-tarnish wire or craft wire.  I used 18-gauge wire in this sample. Also, the hand-held tools are named from top to bottom, chain-nose pliers, flush cutters,stepped forming pliers, round-nose pliers, and not pictured but you will need a ruler, and marker or pen.

Step One:

Cut five inches of wire and flush cut each end.  I measured from one end, one and one half inches and created a shape like a hairpin.  To make that shape I used the round-nose pliers.

Pinched hairpin shape.

Step Two:

As you hold the “U” shape to the bottom, place the short wire to the left and the longer wire to the right. This photo was taken as I twisted so it is seen in reverse. Make a 90 degree bend opposite the short wire. I used the chain-nose pliers for this move. Switch to the round nose pliers to begin your wrapping around for a snug loop and wrap. Trim all excess wires once the shape is formed.

Forming the shape with a pen.

 Step Four:

Holding the wire against a pen or marker, bend from where the wrap starts, bending over the pen to make the hook shape.  At the tip, I used the chain-nose pliers to form a small bend at the tip at about a forty-five degree angle.

Club Creative Studio hand-made wire hook.

The hook is now finished!

Check back on this blog to learn how to make the loop of this HOOK and LOOP lesson. It will be presented on April 12, 2012.

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