Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ROYALTY FREE images!

Good morning boys and girls! :D

I've just completed a book review of 'Digital Art Wonderland' over at Things Crafty.

At the bottom of the blog post there are four of my digital art papers for free download and use.

Get creative!  Use them for art journaling, mixed media, collages, cut them into strips and make paper beads, whatever you can think of, they're free!

Here's a little photo of what they look like:


And here's the link to the blog post at Things Crafty:


'Digital Art Wonderland' book review and royalty-free digital image downloads

If you download them and find them useful and I would love for you to leave a comment at the bottom of the blog post over at Things Crafty.  Please browse around there as well.  We have so many fantastic contributing artists and some wonderful free jewelry tutorials done by Laura Bracken!

See you soon!

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Earrings and a link to the book review!

I've reviewed Laura McCabe's 'Embellished Beadweaving' for the Things Crafty Blog and if you have time I'd love for you to read it and comment!  I created the earrings below from a pattern in the book but added my own lampwork leaves to the mix.  I can easily create wire wrapped leaves like this for you or even leaf headpins.  I love doing organic designs!  If you are interested in having me create some lampwork headpins for your designs please convo me through my Etsy !


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bat and Gargoyle Earrings

While I'm still working on the daisy chain I became sidetracked which, anyone who is creative knows, happens easily.  You know, it's the old, "I am listening to you I heard every word you.........LOOK, a squirrel!" syndrome.  :)

I found some vintage brass stampings I've had for awhile when I was doing some studio reorganizing.  Translation:  Help me, I'm buried!  I was inspired, since it is that time of year, to create some earrings.
These are up for sale in my Etsy .



I found just the plain brass stampings a bit boring so I did some patina and gilding work on them.  Then I made some tiny (8mm, not as small as I can go but pretty darn small) lampwork rounds and added some swarkies and wire wrapped it all with sterling silver.  I really enjoyed just playing with different variations on a theme and it was a quick way to use up some extra supplies.

I've also been doing more flowers and leaves.  I'm really enjoying those.  I made a HUGE necklace for a client and it's already in CA somewhere, I forget which town and of course I forgot to take a picture before it went out the door. *sigh*  I had some leftover flowers and leaves and those are up on eBay now as an orphan lot.  Not that I don't love them, lol.


So what have you been up to lately?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I've been busy.....

I've joined a wonderful group of crafters and I have the Art Jewelry section at Things Crafty so please come and check it out if you have time!  I've written a bit about the process and supplies involved in this netted necklace.  This type of beadweaving is fun, not complicated, and instead of doing an entire piece you could just make up a little section and use it like a fiber bit in multimedia or collage necklaces.



I have also been doing more wirewrapping and experimentation with different patinas.



I will be doing book reviews and discussing tools and tips at Things Crafty and there are some other wonderful creative people there, I do hope you'll stop by.  :)

As to what is next on *this* blog, I'm working on a piece about the daisy chain that, along with Birgitta's fabulous pendant, recieved so many comments during the BSBP.  That will be posted here later this week, stay tuned and have a wonderful autumn.  It's cooler, it's finally cooler, lol, I am SO happy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Innovation VS Stagnation



I receive email from The Smaller Box from time to time.  It's a good resource for anyone who wants to run a successful business.  I haven't had a chance to read the one currently in my email right now because I'm too busy....running a business.  I glanced at it though and I saw the words "running a business is hard work" and some correlations drawn between how being successful in business and being successful in fitness are similar.  It sounds logical and interesting and I plan make time and go back to finish reading the article.

I started thinking today as that information cooked in my brain between time working on glass, time spent on metal, packaging, cleaning, and online promotion about what is important to me in business.  Granted I'm not Donald Trump or the inventor of the Sham Wow but I did grow up with a father who went from digging ditches for $60 a week to becoming a successful businessman with a business worth around a million and I have some of my own ideas as to what makes a business great.

You should love what you do, otherwise why are you doing it?

You should treat your customers like they are Gold with a capital G because they are, they give you the ability to do what you love (see above).

And you should innovate, not stagnate.

Keep your current stock current.  Take notes and remake customer favorites but be open to change.  Look at what you are doing and ask yourself what's missing?  Turn something on it's ear once a week.

So I looked at the big hole beads I was doing for bracelets and necklaces by companies not to be named here but you know who they are and I saw silver cores and beadcaps in copper, brass, and silver.

Hmmmmmm.

Can't do anything with the silver core, that is to this type of bead what earwires are to earrings.  The beadcaps were missing something.  They were missing color.  I wanted to coordinate my beadcaps with my beads, pull the colors out of the glass and put them on the metal.  I wanted the colors to stay on the metal and not fade.  I wanted the piece to be durable, heirloom.  To that end after I achieved color and a two-part sealing process I sent my college-aged daughter who is a Geology major out to abuse the work.  She wasn't able to ruin it.  If you knew my daughter you'd understand this is a major achievement.

So, my new work, up in My Etsy *and* on my Ebay.

Me Likey.  What do you think?



Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party ~ Reveal!

As a reminder, here are the lovely pieces Birgitta sent me, I'm still working with the other two focals and the rest of the lovely supplies she sent me.  :)  I'm a slow jewelry maker!



Here is my BSBP piece, my working name is 'Gaia' because Birgitta's porcelain piece reminds me of the earth mother. I really had fun with it and tried several techniques including patina, wirework, beadweaving, sewing, and of course some of my lampwork (glass always works it's way into everything).  Now I'm off to see everyone else's creations.  Have a great weekend blog hopping!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tyger! Tyger!

I just finished listing some tiger beads on eBay that were made with Diane Woodall's tiger stripe bead tutorial :


I love doing these beads although they are labor intensive for me as I'm still trying to master pulling twisties evenly.  I know, I know, most people learn this when they're lampwork newbies but I spent all my time as a newbie trying to encase the world.  ;)

I struggle, as do all of us that work as artisans, with pricing my pieces.  I am finally learning though to put up a starting price that while it doesn't reflect all the labor involved will at least let me recoup some of my time.

Beads are small.  The amounts of glass involved are minimal so the cost of materials is almost inconsequential.  Tools, tutorials, and the huge amounts of time invested however, are another story.  It's so hard (for me at least) to balance what I think is a fair price for all my invested work against the low economy here and what the market will bear.  Anyway.  Just some thoughts on pricing as I continue my personal evolution in the marketplace.  My mind wanders, lol.  Sometimes it helps to type this stuff up and send it out into the electronic void.

On a different but related note when I was making these beads William Blake's poem kept running through my head as I worked at the torch.  I memorized it as a child not because I had to but because I loved it so much.  I still do.  It will always have a special place in my heart.


THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience)

By William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

1794

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My bead soup!

Look at what I received from my wonderful bead soup blog party partner Birgitta!


Isn't it fantastic?  There are beads of all different kinds, chains, ribbon, a little wooden key and not one but *three* of Birgitta's gorgeous focals. <3
This will be so different for me as I normally work with wire wrapping and have never really used much chain before in my designs unless it was chain maille I made myself and ribbon is another material that will be new to me in jewelry design.  I love the colors!  I'm partial to blue/greens and patinas.  I've been doing some etching recently so this little fella may work his way into the design as well somewhere. ;)

  I'm really looking forward to the challenge, it's time to get busy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Across the World

I'm having so much fun emailing back and forth with my BSPB partner Birgitta and the communication has changed the way I'm approaching pieces I'm working on lately.

So what went across the world?  Birgitta ordered some beads from me and these little guys went to Sweden, how cool is that?




Monday, August 8, 2011

The Smaller Side

I have a photo I'd like to share with you.  It does involve murrini again.


You will have to forgive the model if it seems that she is uninspired and appears stiff and plastic.

It's only because she is.


I love creating in miniature.  I do sew in miniature because, to be truthful, I'm a frustrated fashion designer.  I didn't have the dedication as a young girl in college to stay with the program and get a degree, nursing came along and took over my life.  I like to think I was meant to take care of people and that's why I never finished fashion design because who wants to admit that the dream of being Coco Chanel was hampered by a lack of vision and a serious lack of commitment (in other words, waaay to many good times in college).  :)

I adore designing in miniature and I have the added bonus of no deadlines or mean college professors to spoil the fun.

This necklace for Barbie is on consignment with BOC and is actually for sale on their website at http://www.artistsgive.com/category_54/Astrid-Boyce.htm  so that a portion of the sale goes to support BOC.

For those of you who may not know BOC stands for Beads of Courage which is a program that supports children and families coping with serious illness.  If you have the time please go and read more about the wonderful program here:  http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/beadsofcourage.htm

I try not to get on my soapbox or be opinionated or political on my blog because, well, it's a blog about creativity.  However I do feel that we are all put on this earth to help each other.  Making beads for BOC is one of my small contributions.  I may never change the world but if I can make a child smile who knows where that could lead?


Monday, August 1, 2011

What have I been playing with lately?

Murrini.

Encasing.

Making, capping, and coring BHBs (big hole beads) ~ also known as european charm beads such as are worn on the popular bracelet and necklace systems that shall not be named but you know who I'm talking about, right?  ;)

I'm having so much fun with this!  Also, since I've been lampworking a minimum of 5 to 6 days a week my skill with murrini application has drastically improved which fills me with joy.  Murrini are formed by skillfully applying layers of glass to form a pattern and larger rod that is then pulled down to a thinner rod.  This thinner rod is then cut into slices that you can apply in any number of ways to glass creations.

My skill at making murrini isn't wonderful yet but that's OK because I can buy all the wonderful murrini I want from Lori and Kim and frequently do, much to the detriment of my bank account!  There's no hope for a murrini addict in full swing.

In the bead below I stretched the murrini.  It's not a normal use or application, I went out of the box.  I personally love the results and apparently so did someone else as this one is getting ready to ship out to it's new owner.

Glass is ever changing and so much fun!










Sunday, July 24, 2011

Customer Service Musings

No pictures today just some random thoughts.

When I was a young teen I loved to sew.  There were two stores within biking distance where I could use the money earned from chores to shop for fabric, Hancocks and Cloth World.  I was a sweet kid but when I felt I'd been wronged I could hold onto a grudge like a terrier with it's favorite bone.  I'd like to think that time has mellowed me, at least somewhat.

What, you might ask, does this have to do with beads or jewelry or anything else you might ask? 

Bear with me, I do have a point.

I usually spent my money where the best sale was but there was an event that resulted in my never again entering a Cloth World and years (and much fabric money spent) later I secretly revelled in the demise of the chain.

So what happened?  I asked a question and was ignored and then was told that I didn't need a bag because I probably couldn't sew anyway and after all the fabric was "....just gingham."

Yes, I know that it's not a good reason to give up an entire chain but I did.  It made me mad.  Thinking back on it I'm still a little mad.

What prompted this chain of thought was my daughter (adult) saying that she thought all the tracking emails and thank you notes I sent out were overkill and would make me seem 'needy' as someone who is selling what she makes.

I think Thank You is underused these days.  I like to know where my merchandise is after I've spent my hard earned money on it.  I like getting packages with little organza bags, or boxes, or ribbons, or something to indicate that the person selling takes pride in what they sell.

Besides, I like doing customer service.  I still don't like Cloth World.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

It's mashing!

Look what David at CoonVally - CoonVallyB@aol.com - made for me!


It's a masher with a diameter of 4 inches!  I like to do big flat beads with large surfaces and I had been using that aluminum plate that's flat on one side and grooved on the other that we all get in beginner kits and mashing the top with my old graphite marver.  Not only was I getting uneven beads the marver finally gave out and cracked from the abuse.  I do production work now so I had to have a reliable tool with a surface large enough to handle the sizes I make.

I decided to contact David.  He is so great and will work with you to create whatever tool it is you have in your head.  My pictures really don't do his press justice, it's a work of art.

At first I asked David for the masher in brass but we emailed back and forth and he explained to me that while he could do it in brass the cost would be prohibitive, so he suggested aluminum.  Since I had been using that old aluminum tool and graphite I thought it would be perfect, and it is.



and one more time:





The surfaces are wonderfully smooth.  It also, of course, comes with a selection of spacers so that you can set your thickness.  So is it doing what I wanted?





Why yes, yes it is.  :)

If you would like for David to make one of these for you (or any tool) he requests that you please contact him via his email CoonVallyB@aol.com .  This isn't the first time I've asked David for something and it certainly won't be the last.  I have a brass poker from him that no one removes from my bench on pain of death (well, maybe not death but I really, really like it, lol).

Have a mashing day!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Tame that wire!

OK, so obviously you're addicted to some form of beads or beading or you wouldn't be here.  That's good!  Allow me to continue to enable you.  The colors, the textures and oh my, the sparkly! 

First a quick disclaimer (you knew there had to be one):

The methods in this blog are not the only ways or the best ways, they are my ways.  So many people have shared so much of their knowledge over the internet with me and I'm just trying to give back in some small way.

My tool reviews are my opinion.  Your mileage may vary.

WEAR SAFETY GLASSES!  Always protect your eyes.

I wear my normal glasses and also an optivisor because I do tiny work frequently.

However there comes a time when you are up to your earlobes in sparklies and you realize that you really should be doing something with them.  You're tired of just stringing or having your beads in a box or on a shelf and you long to do something more substantial.  I understand, I've been there.  Then, one day you're in the store or on the 'net and you run across something called..........

Wire Wrapping

Oh my.  So you find some cheap pliers (because you don't want to invest money until you are sure you will like this new thing you've found) and you buy some craft wire and do a little reading online or in a magazine and try your hand at it.  Now, I don't know about you but my first attempts at wire wrapping were abysmal.  They looked like sterling silver hairballs and here is the first piece of advice:

  DON'T start with sterling. 

Copper is good.  Copper is inexpensive (relatively) and you can find refiners who will pay you for your used copper.  Until you have some time with the right tools under your belt leave the expensive materials alone.
I, of course, was ever the idiot who immediately bought sterling wire from the bead shop.  Yeah.  I'm sending over a pound of scrap wire to the refiners tomorrow which is what remains of my first year of pendant making.  Silver costs have gone up though so maybe for me it will turn out to be all good.  At today's silver prices though, really, start with copper or any of the fun colored wire out there.  Parawire has some fun colors at good prices in my opinion (a quick click showed me $6.60 for 50 feet of wire, that's a lot of practicing for under 10 bucks).

So, you've decided on wire, what's next?  Ah, tools.......... let me wipe the drool from my chin and we'll talk.

I am, as you can see, a tool junkie:



What did I start with?  Alright, I'll fess up, I can be really cheap sometimes:



It's OK to laugh, really it is.  If you think the tool is funny you should see what the wire looked like.  These puppies actually turned out to be really useful in their second life as mandrel holders when I'm pulling beads off as you can see by the the ooky (yes, it's a word - shut up) bead release all over the teeth and base.

I learned pretty fast - cheap Home Depot pliers with teeth + sterling wire = aaaaaaaaaaaargh

So I upgraded to an actual set!  The only set my bead store had at the time and I was told they were for "general wireworking use".  They're those three itsy red ones:



Can you say hand fatigue?  I knew that you could.  The nicely sized zebra striped bent nose pliers are actually the newest tool in my arsenal and I have to say that I'm impressed.  They are #JT1006 from CGBeads and when I saw that Donna's site was offering tools I knew I had to try them.  Kara is actually responsible for these and I am so grateful that she decided to make us these wonderful tools.  Donna makes beadrollers and from product to customer service I have found doing business with this company to be a joy.  With their products it's never "should I risk it?" for me, but rather "what can I hock so I can get some more of those?".  I don't work for the company nor am I affiliated with it but I believe in supporting small business, especially when it's someone who goes the extra mile for their customers.

But I digress.  What makes this pair of bent nose pliers better than others I've tried?  Well actually, I can show you.



The finish on this tool is a thing of beauty.  Slick, smooth, and not a mar, bump, blemish, or scratch in sight.  The grips are just as comfortable as they look and the tool has good balance.  It feels great in my hand and I don't have to work hard to use it.  That's important to me, I'm not a fan of hand pain.

Now, let's look closely at another detail that someone new to wireworking might think is inconsequential but I feel makes a huge difference over time.

You want this:


Not this:



Why?  Because that little nest on the CG pliers will keep the pliers in true.  It may look like a small thing but it makes a big difference.  I've reached a point where nothing irritates me more than floppy, misaligned tools.  I find it especially vexing when I'm working in miniature (doll jewelry, a blog on that in the future) and the entire piece is smaller than a quarter.  Small deviations make for huge mistakes at that scale.

So now we've had a tool review.  What are the essential tools for wireworking?

Good side cutters:  I have Lindstroms and they're awesome but they also cost $54.50.  They were a requirement for a metalsmithing class.  I've never regretted the purchase but if you're on a budget or just starting out that can be a bit pricey.  Kara's cutters (#JT1001 side and #JT1002 end) at CGBeads are $19.95 and having tried the pliers I have no doubt they're wonderful, I plan to get a pair or two.  A girl can never have enough cutters.

I can show you what I do not recommend in a wire cutter:



I know these, again, came from a local bead store.  The name on the handle is 'precision tools'.  Not to be catty, but I beg to differ (OK, so, a little catty).  I have two pair of these.  Why I bought them twice I'll never know, I'm calling brain freeze.  I've never cut any wire larger than 18 gauge and these have divots all along the cutting edge like I was trying to cut mandrel steel with them.  The other day I misplaced my Lindstroms and in desperation grabbed a pair of these to cut open a closed jump ring. They left about a one mm gap in the ring, it's like they eat metal.  You know that place where all the disappearing socks go?  These send my silver there.  Just don't do it, you deserve better.  I think the outlay for these at the bead store was around 15 bucks.
 
A pair each of round nose, bent nose, chain nose and flat nose pliers.  If you plan on doing chain maille I would recommend two pair of flat nose pliers just because that's what works best for me.  I've done chain maille with a pair of chain nose and a pair of flat nose but I'm just too OCD to be happy that way.  When it comes to tools I'm a very matchy matchy kind of gal.

One last word on tools:  Now that you have the tools with the wonderful finish you want to keep them that way.  I blogged about this in my last post but it bears mentioning again:



Tool Magic .  Seriously.  Get this stuff and dip your tools in it.  Protect your wire AND your tools.

If you are curious the red handled tools in my pictures are a brand called Mazbot (made in Pakistan on the handle) that one of my local bead stores carry.  They cost around $20.00 and the padding on the handles is not great.  They haven't been the worst but I'm certainly ready to upgrade.  On the upside I've used Tool Magic since most of these were purchased and they still have the finishes they had when I picked them up in the store.

You also want a good file:




Why?  Because unfiled wire is sharp and scratchy.  It can scratch your customer or catch on her $600 cashmere sweater ripping the collar as she flails around your booth screaming about lawsuits and..........

OK, too much?  How about if you are are going to work hard to make a quality piece then finish it in a quality way.  File the ends of your wire and tuck them down.  No debate.  It's like annealing beads in a kiln.  You know you should do it so just do it.

I think that covers tools.  I want to make a pendant today so I'm also needing my other supplies:



Sterling silver wire (for ME, not for you, not yet), a pair of those whatever they are, bead scoop/tweezer combo thingy - I can't do anything delicate without them, some sterling silver jumprings, miyuki delicas (11.0 glass beads - and I'll do a blog on seed bead sizes later too), and, of course, a lovely lampwork bead.  I purchased this particular bead from NaOs Glass and Jewelry Supply awhile back and I just love it.  I've been meaning to make a pendant from it for awhile and this gave me the chance, finally.

Next we're going to talk about the Swanstrom small wire-looping pliers :



 When I bought mine I also bought the kit .  Both together will run you about 100 bucks.  Yes, I know it's pricey.  I don't care, I love these, they are awesome in they're awesomeness but not for the reason you think.  I don't use them for loops.  They make oval loops and call me weird but I'm a freak for round loops in my wire wrapping.  However, when it comes to making a bail I think these are the best thing since sliced bread.  To use them for bail making you need the kit.  A bonus to that is you can also make gorgeous spirals with the kit.

To make the bail the instructions that come with the wire-looping pliers say you need 12" of wire.  This is sterling.  I cut 9".

When you cut wire, especially when it's been on a spool or coiled it's not straight.  You really want to work with straight wire.  So, after I cut mine I straighten it by holding the wire end in one hand and pulling the wire throught a rouge or polishing cloth a few times.  This not only straightens the wire but cleans it as well.



Yes, mine is grubby.  You use these until they wear out, you never wash them, just throw them away.  They last a loooong time and at 6 bucks or so each it's worth having one.

Next you want to wrap your wire around a 5/16 mandrel twice.  Hmmmm. I don't know about you but just about everything in my shop is metric.  So I took the metric mandrels off my Pepe Jump Ringer and compared and 5/16 is just about 5mm, give or take.  I'm sure someone out there is better with math than I am.  I used a 5mm mandrel and it worked and I'm happy, end of story.





Now you put that double loop (you're making a double looped bail) onto the wire-looping pliers, like so:



and then you pinch that sucker shut:



After you pinch the pliers shut on the wire you hold it in place and make your wraps.  Do you see that the end of my wire hanging down looks all bendy?  That's because I used chain nose pliers to hold the wire.  The wire-looping plier instructions say to hold onto the wire and spin the wire-looping pliers to make the wraps but I am NOT that coordinated and I kept dropping the things and saying unkind words in the privacy of my studio so I just hold the wire-looping pliers still, pick up chain nose pliers with the other hand, grab the end of the wire I want to wrap with and wrap away.

Or you can take the wire off the wire-looping pliers entirely and just hold the bail in flat nose pliers, both ways are equally efficient in my opinion.  While I will always read instructions I am not married to them and often find my own way because I'm left-handed.  You learn at an early age that approaching tasks from a different angle is essential to your survival in a right-handed world.

I can't stress this enough:  practice making your wraps tight.  They should lay right next to each other in a nice uniform pattern.  If you make your wraps and there are gaps take your chain nose pliers and carefully use them to squeeze the wraps together.  Certain jewerly designs call for deconstructed arbitrary loose wraps which can be beautiful but before you go out of the box you should learn to make everything in the box neat first.

Like anything else this bail maneuver takes practice.  It doesn't take long to get the hang of it though and it's well worth the effort because once you master it you can crank bails out at a good pace.  It's a wonderful tool for production work.

So the closed bail is wire wrapped, how to do open it without using your fingernails and teeth?  Most bead stores have thin metal rulers like the one pictured.  This has a prized position on my table and has retired from it's former measuring occupation and is now solely my bail opening tool.  Just slide it between the two wires and bend.



and there you go!  An added bonus is if the bead has a hole larger than 1/16 the wire-wrapped portion slides right down into the bead and helps to stabilize it.


What if your pendant is still wobbly on the wire at this point?  That's what I use delicas for although I've also used other sizes of seed or sterling beads.  Find some small beads that fit around the wire but will still slide into the bead hole.  This will fill the gap and your lampwork bead won't wobble.


I used a little swarovski crystal at the end for a bit of sparkle and to fill the last of the lampwork bead hole:


We still need to make the bottom loop to complete wire-wrapping the pendant.  You will see that I mark my tools.  Since I use Tool Magic I'm actually marking on that.  Time and practice will teach you how wide on the chain nose pliers is about 3 wraps (or whatever you get comfortable with) long.  Grab the wire just below the crystal pushing the crystal snugly into the lampwork bead.  Now you want to bend the wire in a 90 degree angle.  Then pick up your round nose pliers:



I mark my round nose pliers too.  I move my plier placement during this process and the lines help me stay exactly where in need to be to achieve a round wrap.  Wrap halfway around one side of the plier and stop.

Slide your pliers around halfway until the half loop you just made is between the two points of the pliers, grab the end of the wire with your fingers or your chain nose pliers and wrap it snugly to form the rest of the loop.  I like to use chain nose pliers and give the end of the wire a good smooth tug when I complete the loop to take out any slack that could make the loop uneven.


And there it is:


Wrap the wires just as you did with the bail making sure they are snugged up nicely together.



 Finished!



Because the wire-wrapped part of the bail is tucked into the lampwork it snugged into the bead well and the bead does not turn.  It's static which I love.  This is a two-sided bead so depending on what kind of energy I need that day and I can wear it like this:



Or like this!



Questions?  Leave me a comment!  Thanks for reading and happy wrapping!