Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How to wrap a lariat necklace - Black Garnet Dazzler

The Lariat Necklace - The Dazzler Lariat isn't as long as the Galaxy Lariat in the previous post, however, there are still many ways this lariat can be worn. These are just a few ideas. If you have any additional ideas please post them here.

You can simply tie it any place you like and let the pendants fall where they please you most.

Or you can just lasso the black garnet though the hoop.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How to wrap a lariat - Blue Druzy Necklace- Azurite - Gold Leaft

Blue Druzy Necklace - Azurite Lariat - Gold Dipped Leaf Lariat - Galaxy Lariat
Extra long lariat made from 14k gold filled flat cable chain can be worn as many ways as your imagination wonders. So far, I've found four great looks. All are posted below.

Yes, the sparkling Azurite pendant is really that blue. Bright electric blue with natural sparkle. It's amazing. I just can't stop staring at.

The leaf is an extra long natural (real) leaf with a 24k gold heavy overlay.

The leaf and azurite are attached with 14k gold filled wire and a sparkling gold tundra sapphire.

The two interlocking links are handcrafted from 14k gold fill.

The chain measures 37 1/2 inches (approx 95 cm)
The Azurite is 27 x 19mm
The leaf is 87 mm long
Total length is 43.5 " long (approx 111 cm)

Two Ways to Wear as a medium length necklace:

Top Photo: Wrap twice around neck. Slightly uneven so that the links and azurite rest higher than the leaf. Thread leaf though links.

Bottom Photo: Fold chain in half. Slightly uneven again so that the azurite and links rest higher than the leaf. Hold folded part of the chain near the hollow of your neck and wrap the rest of the necklace around your neck so that both ends meet at the hollow of your neck. Thread lariat though the folded part of the chain.

Two ways to wear this necklace very long:

Left Photo: Simply tie the chain where you want it to meet on your neck.

Right Photo: Thread the leaf though the links. Pull leaf (gently) until it rests where you like it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Making a wire coil quickly using a wire as the mandrel.

Making a wire coil quickly using a wire as the mandrel.... ON THE CHEAP.

If you are like me you have probably been making your coils by hand - wrapping one wire around another. After a day, your hands become stiff and tired. I would like to keep using my hands for a long time, so I started to look for new methods.

The first thing I came across was the coiling gizmo deluxe. It's $200 and quite large. I then browsed the other coiling gizmo products, but they didn't do what I needed them to do. I wanted a wire to be the mandrel - the "rod" another wire is wrapped around. In these kits you use an actual rod/mandrel to wrap the wire around. (hang in there with me)

All this research and price tags got me thinking about ways to make a coil using a plain old drill. I am sure I am not the first person to make this discovery but there isn't a lot of information out there on how to do this.

For this particular project I used 12" of 24 gauge wire and 10" of 26 gauge wire.
The 26 gauge wire will be used to wrap around the 24 gauge wire. (All half hard - dead soft gets too squirly)

Next grab a regular old drill - I had one in my garage. Place it on a hard surface.

Open the chuck a little bit - enough to insert your wires.
Insert the larger/thicker gauge wire (24g) about two inches into the dead center. Close the chuck a little bit. Then put the smaller/finer gauge wire (26g) in one of the 3 prongs. I usually choose the one furthest from where I am sitting. Close the chuck as much as you can.

Next, I manually wrap the finer wire around the thicker mandrel wire a few times to get the coil started. Wrap toward yourself.

Next, start the power on the drill very slowly. I find holding my fingers as shown in the pictures stabilizes the wire the best. (no, I do not have glamours nails, sorry) You want the wire to wrap as closely as possible - a straight up and down position works best. You will need to practice to get the feel.

If you screw it up. Just unwrap it manually and re-wrap it as best as you can.

Here is what a finished coil looks like.

I prefer my coils to have tails on each end.

Interested in what I use my coils for?

Here are some samples of how I use them. First here is THE MINI in Saffron, hoop earrings with a briolette in the middle.
Necklaces with coiled pendants - this version has chalcedony in the middle.
Another version of a coiled pendant.

If you have any question, I welcome them here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Logos & Banners

I am so excited to show off my new banner (Look Up) and logo designs! I worked with a former colleague and friend, Sami Wallingford, to come up with the design concept. We used to work together in the publishing industry - I was sales, she was graphic design. I think it's wonderful to work with former co-workers who have branched out on our own.

Let me know what you think of the new look!