Why I Don’t Teach Wire Weaving, and Resources if You Want to Learn

“You should teach classes.”

Probably once a show or festival, someone says this to me. I usually have a handful of reasons on any one given day for why I don’t teach. When people used to tell me to offer classes, I used to smile nicely and say “Thanks, I’ll think about it.” Now, after having heard it so many times I laugh and respond with, “Absolutely not.” That’s jarring for a lot of people. I understand that. I’ve had at least one person angrily call me selfish and storm out of my booth since I started responding in such a way. I promise, there’s a good reason for why I have such a strong stance.

The main reason I do not teach wire weaving is because there are dozens of fantastic resources out there already (you just need to look for them!). From an ethical standpoint, I do not want to take business from the artists that I learned from, and from a practical standpoint these teachers are so good that it would be silly for me to do something similar. There’s no need for me to reinvent the wheel.

What I am more than happy to do is to direct you guys to the aforementioned resources. Here is a list of a few of my favorites:

  1. Fine Art Wire Weaving by Sarah Thompson- This book lays out weaves, tools, and techniques as well as supplying projects in varying levels of difficulty from beginner to advanced. The pictures are very helpful. I wish I’d had this book when I started weaving.
  2. Go Art Yourself by Nicole Hanna- A Youtube channel with extensive tips for weaving. She also records herself making full projects and gives commentary as she goes.
  3. Copar Aingael Tutorials by Julie Hulick-  Some of my favorite tutorials on the internet. Tutorials like these are helpful because you can learn specific skill sets from them and apply them creatively to new pieces.
  4. Lisa Barth Tutorials by Lisa Barth- Tutorials full of helpful, large color photographs. Some of these integrate beading. My favorite tutorial, the Celtic Knot Bail, includes several versions of the bail and suggestions of different situations in which to use it.
  5. Wire Wrap Tips and Tutorials Group on Facebook- This is a community of people of all skill levels sharing their projects, ideas, and resources.
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Pendants based on the Interlock Bail Wrap tutorial by Copar Aingeal: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoparAingealTutorial

I learned the hard way, over a decade of struggling, that spending money on tutorials and books really helps you develop your skill set. Trust me- there’s only so far that free tutorials can take you. Paid tutorials and books are often far more comprehensive with many photos and clearly written instructions that allow you to work at your own pace. If you feel like you’ve hit a plateau and have only ever used free tutorials, give the paid tutorials a try.

A final piece of advice: like most skills, there isn’t a magical shortcut to getting good at wire weaving. At the end of the day, what it takes is actually sitting down and doing the work. I’m pretty fond of telling people that my secret is that after I get frustrated and throw a piece across the room, I pick it back up and keep working. Though I say it to be funny, it really is true. So try your best, learn from your failures, be kind to yourself, and most of all:

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Shop Update and Cyber Monday Sale!

Lapidify will be having a sale through Monday, 11/30! Use the code “CYBER15” at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase of shiny things.

I’m excited to report that I’ve uploaded a bunch of beautiful new items to the Etsy Shop! I’ll continue doing so over the next 48 hours or so as I have the opportunity to photograph the pieces.

A final note: I’ve taken a handful of holiday commissions so far, but have room for a few more. Let me know if I can make a special piece for you or a loved one.

Crafting Carolina Rescheduled

Due to rain, Crafting Carolina was postponed. The new date is March 28th, 2015, and it will be happening rain or shine.

I was really bummed out about the change of date, but it’s given me the opportunity to expand my inventory even more! I’m beyond prepared for next Saturday, and I hope you’ll come see us at the Lapidify booth.

Coyote Tooth Spiral Copper Wrapped Earrings by Lapidify. All copper components of these earrings are hand hammered and wrapped to order.

(For good measure, I try to do a nice cleansing over the teeth while I’m at it.)

If you’re interested in these earrings or would like to make a custom order, let me know!

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There are so many talented ladies out there making awesome handmade items.  Here are some things I cherish from my own collection made by my fellow artisans!

Coffin eye ring by Adelina Mictlan
Quartz Crystal double ring by Elaine Ho
Clove & Honey lip balm by Lvnea
Amethyst Hair Pin by Anu Tera
Far Side of the Moon necklace by Mod Evil
Triple twig necklace by Hunter Gatherer
The Messanger crow claw quartz necklace by Bloodmilk
Ouija Planchette necklace by Unusual Optical
Bullet earrings by Crossfox
The Scapegoat Ring by The Small Beast
Black porcupine quill earrings by The Brass Buffalo

 

One of the perks of making things is being able to make trade for something you don’t have access to. Maybe it’s all that Oregon Trail play time I put in as a kid, but I love trading. Last week, I traded two bracelets (including this carnelian and brass one) for a few awesome stones I’ll to wrap, coyote teeth, a cast iron pair of scissors, and a bar of fancy soap. The pioneer in me is pleased.

If you’d like a similar bracelet but are more interested in trading something more conventional like money, check out Lapidify on Etsy.