Recently, I recommended some bead jewelry making books to a patron. This inspired me to write about them.
Beads called my name back in 1992. They beckoned me over to look at them and dress them up with wire, filigree and clasps or earhooks. They are a comfort to me. Hours of joy is bestowed upon me when I spend time with them. A friend taught me how to manipulate wire, beads and findings together to make necklaces and earrings when I visited her in San Francisco.
Over the years I have heard people talk about their bead obsession: they call it an addiction, a hobby, and a disease. I think of it as a healthy hobby. A hobby that lets the mind relax and stay in the present moment while crafting.
I am mostly a jewelry maker that likes to wire wrap. I essentially connect beads together with wire and connectors. I have also worked with crimp beads and soft flex wire (a type of string) and strung beads together. And the newest thing I have tried with beads is bead embroidery which is stitching or hand sewing beads onto fabric or fabric forms.
So of course, I have a list for you if you want to explore the world of beading and wire-wrapping. Have fun!