Sunday, 5 December 2010

The WireWorkers Guild

















F L O W I N G
S T R E A M S


WIREWORK COMPETITION
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I was hoping for a flurry of stunning swirly whirly
designs, but only 3 of you were up for the challenge
and without doubt, all 3 are WINNING entries in
their own right!

Here they are, in the order that they were sent to me:

ENTRY No.1:
Designer - JOANNE PEARSON



















KNITTED WIRE BRACELET AND EARRINGS

Joanne has cleverly knitted her designs in 28g blue
coloured copper wire, threaded with a selection of
4mm Swarovski and seed beads. She has knitted it
in garter stitch with two to three beads per stitch.

To secure the ends, Joanne has used 30mm ribbon
crimps for the bracelet and 16mm ribbon crimps for
the earrings.

Joanne has only been making jewellery
for about 12 months and experimenting with
wire has been very recent. She hopes to do a lot
more and has just set up a Facebook page called:
JEWELLERY by JOANNE PEARSON.



















Well done, Joanne! You definitely win the best
knitted wire design category!

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ENTRY No.2
DESIGNER - SALLY PITMAN (aka "Skypixie")






















LIQUID WIRE NECKLACE

Sally's necklace shows great artistic skill in its randomness
and simplicity. It has been created out of 1.5mm silver-
plated wire. 6" lengths were cut, then hammered flat and
then formed into swirls, ovals and rounds ... giving the
feel of a flowing stream of swirling water, or, as she likes to
call it: LIQUID WIRE!



















Quoting Sally: "Each unit, once randomly swirled and formed
measures approx. 1.25" and I was really pleased at how the
whole thing flowed once linked together. This thick flattened
wire seems to find it's own journey around the mandrel, or
pen, or knitting needle ... all of various sizes and without too
much help from me. Apart from the odd tweak here and
there! I do find that some of the units that are most pleasing
to the eye are created if I'm gazing at the ceiling or out of the
window and not looking too intently at what I'm doing!"

You can see more of Sally's work on her website:

http://www.skypixie.co.uk



















Well done, Sally! This is a stunning creation and wins
the Hammered Wire category!

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ENTRY No.3
DESIGNER - SUSAN AVERY



















FLOWING RIVER NECKLACE

This beautiful swirling necklace creation by Susan,
has great originality. Susan has used 0.8mm silver-
plated wire and wire-wrapped her curled units in a
random, flowing fashion.

Susan is very new to wirework, but is keen to learn and
hopes to use her skills to start a jewellery business in
the near future... watch out for her!

























Well done, Susan! You have definitely won
the category for new up-and-coming designer!

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I just want to thank the three participants
for their great efforts and stunning designs
and I'm sure they will inspire everyone who
never got around to entering the competition:
to pick up their PLIERS and WIRES!

6 comments:

  1. Fantastic entries! I have just become a new follower of your blog (found you on Facebook) I have just started using wire in crochety and knitting so looking forward to following your blog for inspiration :-)

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  2. Many thanks for joining! I agree - the entries all have very original approaches and use completely different techniques ... showing how versatile wirework can be!!

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  3. lovely items. . . i'll join in next time... well try if the little people don't get under my feet! :o)

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  4. Great to hear that you'd give it a try! I will put forward another designer challenge in the New Year and see if I can get a better response ... not only will you be able to promote yourself it will very self-satisfying! :0}

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  5. Inspiring work. Its interesting to see the different interpretations of the challenge put forward. So far, I haven't taken part in challenges but I think it could be one New Year's resolution to take up!

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  6. oh crumbs, I was so up for this challenge too. Completely forgot whilst trying to run the business. I love the creations posted here all very different takes on the same theme. I will definitely be up for a challenge next time.

    Happy New Year to you all.

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