This tutorial is the first in a series of Fanciful Flowers.
Freesias will teach you how to create the basic flower and adding the second layer of petals. You will also learn how to create an all-in-one ear wire for your flowers.
PLUS as a bonus, you will also learn a simple flower drop, wired 2 ways to be used alone as delicate earrings, or as flower dangles for the 2 layer flowers.
At the end of the tutorial you will find tons of information on tools, supplies, and suppliers with photos and direct links; and a few technique refreshers if you need them.
This tutorial is 38 pages, with 84 detailed and expertly photographed steps, with a whopping 149 clear detailed photographs which can be enlarged to 200 to 300% without any significant loss of detail or clarity, to help you complete these projects successfully. - Almost as good as having me right there with you!
Please do not be intimidated by the size of the tutorial - it covers several projects and techniques, and was written for both the visual and instructional learner.
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My name is Bobbi, and I am a full blown wire junkie. There I said it :), though I have no intention of looking for a 12-step program to "cure" my addiction. lol It is an almost all consuming obsession. I keep a sketch book with me all the time, and drive friends nuts - Very often I'll be in the middle of a sentence, when an idea pops in my head, and I immediately scramble for my book to jot it ...
My name is Bobbi, and I am a full blown wire junkie. There I said it :), though I have no intention of looking for a 12-step program to "cure" my addiction. lol It is an almost all consuming obsession. I keep a sketch book with me all the time, and drive friends nuts - Very often I'll be in the middle of a sentence, when an idea pops in my head, and I immediately scramble for my book to jot it down, or start picking up materials to work it out before the idea falls out of my head. I have even pulled out of traffic, cutting off a police officer in the process to write down my thoughts. I was so intent on my thoughts, I didn't realize I was holding up a "wait a minute finger" to that same police officer. When I finally looked up, explained what I was doing, and showed him my book, he could only shake his head, and warn me drive more carefully.
I have been creating wire wrapped jewelry for almost 25 years, and have been teaching wire wrapping professionally for more than 10 years. New designs I test on myself (and willing guinea pigs, err umm friends) for wearablity and durability. On average, I make tutorial designs roughly 15 to 30 times (honestly - not an exaggeration!) before I write a tutorial to make sure it is easily repeatable, and not just a happy fluke. Bet I could give Zales a run for it's money on ring stock alone :))
Sometimes I miss the normal perks that come with a 'regular job' - you know - vacations, sick days, dental - but only sometimes. When I start to miss them, I just remind myself of the really great perks I do have - like making my own hours, playing with pretty shiny things all day, and working in my jammies if I want too :D
~~~We all die. "The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. ~Chuck Palahniuk