Whether I am working with Viking knit, weaving a couple of wires or multiple wires at a time I like pushing my limits of what I can do with wire. I recently took a class at our local bead shop – Beadology in Iowa City – on using leather and wax cord attached to a glass rectangle to make a bracelet. The class used a macramé technique to weave the bracelet. Many of us knew each other so just as much socialization was going on as jewelry making so - we had a great time. Knowing me so well the comments were “We know Zanetta is going to go home and do this with wire”. Challenge accepted. The blue bracelet is the one I made in class - a fun summer bracelet. The green one is the one I used copper and black wire attached to the enameled disc. The great thing is I had the enameled disc for about 3 years and couldn't decide what to do with it. This class was the perfect solution.
This set up my next challenge to myself. Tatting with wire. My grandmother taught me to tat when she stayed with me for a week after the birth of my first daughter. Rachel is 26 now. It is a way of making lace and doilies using a shuttle or a needle. I am a shuttle tatter. If you are not a tatter the simplest explanation is that you tie a knot that slides to make rings and chains to form your shape. The challenge to myself was could I form that knot with wire so it slides rather than kinks. Took more time and patience than using thread but I was able to tat the earrings that are pictured along side one of my doilies. The wire knot is looser than with thread so the results are a little lacier, but I am pleased. On this first try I stuck with three simple rings forming a cloverleaf. I will have to try for a medallion using rings and chains next.