Club Creative Studio is my art workspace where sometimes you will encounter loud noises. Drills, blenders, occasional ukulele music, a squeaky swivel chair, a few cat meows from my two cats to name a few distinct sounds. Today is no different, you may hear loud bangs. That sound would be a hammer pounding on metal wire, and an anvil.
The beauty of creating with wire texturing is the opportunity to hammer out imperfections as well as using it as an emotional release of tension and stress.
There is something to be said about hammering out your frustrations in a creative way with little taps of rhythm. This hammer has an interchangeable tip that allows me to vary my pattern that I strike and quickly change to another if I wish, as well as maintain one end as a smooth side to flatten out wire.
As I create with wire today I am cutting, twisting, forming, texturing and designing earrings. It is a busy day in the studio, with the windows open so others can hear this busy workshop in action.
I use a mini anvil as a strike surface and to soak up some of the sound I create when texturing. I use a variety of wire gages and hand tools to form twists and turns easily when working with wire. Today I have created several of my hand-made wire ear hooks. Adding this element to my wirework gives it an even more one-of-a-kind, signature look. And creating unique items is what Club Creative Studio art is all about.
Do you have a workspace that is noisy at times? Sometimes noise can be a sign of productivity. In my case, it means that I am busy creating and sharing Art That Sets You Apart!
In the PINK NOTEBOOK section of the Club Creative Studio homepage, you will find hand-made highlighted art in the special feature section. Today, we feature hand-twisted wire-wrapped themes as unique statement necklaces created by Club Creative Studio.
Working with wire is fun because it can be rewarding to manipulate wire to form into your vision when you create with it. Especially when a design is free-formed, the wire can be an added element that offers movement as well as stability to a design.
You can experiment with simple and complex designs when using wire. I like working with wire because it can be the same as working with thread without the hassle of threading a tiny needle eye. I also tend to add a certain style hint from what I incorporate.
A variety of beads, pearls, buttons, shells or mixed metals combined with vintage elements bring charm and a feeling of nostalgia to created designs. On yet another spectrum the simplicity of organic-looking wooden beads or tiny seed beads bring about another look entirely.
The reason why my finger tips have been so sore lately is because of creating these unique pieces of art. There is a lot of hand-twisting techniques applied when working with wire.
Although it is a forgiving medium to explore, at many points in a project:, excessive twisting can cause wire breakage or “hot spots” in your hands. You just have to learn what twist tension to maintain. There are design differences in using thread versus wire but, for the most part, both designs are light-weight as a finished project.
To view or request a custom wire-worked piece of art, browse the online items or contact me for further details. I am always in the mood to create!
Club Creative Studio speaks often about creativity. Here on the blog, you will find inspiration from art, project ideas, and other helpful information stemming from creativity. Today is no different in that I am sharing a short story from the spark of creativity that comes from the opportunity to collaborate and brain-storm.
I attended a networking event a few months ago and there, I met very interesting business people. Among all of them, I met a lady who had a common thread with me. We both shared the love and passion for beads. She was also designing jewelry so needless to say we had much to talk about. What began from a single common friendship fostered a bond through beading. As we connected via other social media methods, we learned more about each other. We planned an outing together to a local bead store that was going out of business. It was there that we spent several hours looking and speaking about beads as well as shopping for beads. It was really a fun time to spend time with someone with a shared enthusiasm for beads and supplies. We are now “beading buddies”.
My beading buddy bought a bracelet (say that three times fast). The wire bracelet was a store sample from one of their classes. When we looked at it we thought the same thing. We both had wondered how it was made, and if we could figure it out by closer examination, since there was not a way to get instruction from the store that was going out of business. We both had mentioned that we had wanted to try to create something similar but had not taken instruction on the technique. We thought that we could make them ourselves. We ended up splitting the cost of the bracelet and I took it home to dissect so we could recreate it later.
After meeting for a brain-storming session, we combined our creative time, and collaborated with our supplies to make our own versions of the same bracelet. Turns out the pattern was a good starting point for us to springboard into our own style and wire-wrapping techniques. Our skill levels were expanding together and we were inspiring to each other. That is what I am thankful for today, the opportunity to connect and support the creative drive of a fellow artist. Can you think of someone you have merged talents with or have benefitted from bouncing ideas off of? Do tell how it was a positive impact for you.
I am now getting comfortable with the technique and my materials. I will soon be able to offer these hand-made bracelets online for others to enjoy and purchase http://www.clubcreativestudio.com
Club Creative Studio’s Blog today is called: Between A Rock. I have used stones, rocks and gems in several art creations. I have never felt like I was”caught between a rock and a hard place” when designing with them because there are so many options to incorporate wire to create mixed media art.
One recent and particular custom piece comes to mind to speak about because it had special significance to the person requesting that I design an item that incorporated her “fool’s gold”. This nugget was special because her husband was a truck driver and he had the idea to “do something with this” someday. He did not get around to it but, she kept it close to her heart since he passed away. Fast forward to 41 years later, his bride decided for him to do “something” with it she gave it to me to create something special.
She wore the necklace I created on the day that what would have been their 41st wedding anniversary.
It is a sweet story that I will never forget.
I love knowing that special meaning can be associated with art. I love knowing that something that I created with love had more love associated with it for someone else.
If we take time to look around our world, you might find yourself appreciating the little things in life like rocks and pebbles. The next time you find one, take time to admire the marbling effects, the texture, the shape and even the weight of nature. A mere stone is special if it is a single stone or grouped into a functional or natural setting. Here are photos of a few man-made stone walls found in the Western part of North Carolina. I could not resist taking photos of my views. I wonder if you appreciate them as well.
Many natural stones or dyed rocks have interesting patterns, as highlighted in my cuff bracelet design here. Enjoy, admire, own it.Historically, stones have important status. Paleo archeologists have discovered evidence dating back 250 million years suggesting that pre historic man used warm clay, earth and stone in medicines. The use of clays for healing was also recorded around 2500 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Some scholars also believe that other prehistoric ancestors used ochres made from naturally tinted clay and iron oxides were used not only to paint caves, but also to heal wounds. Interestingly, iron is a main element in the basalt stones used in modern-day stone massage therapy.
Lodestone, a magnetic rock, was discovered in China around 8th century BC. It is believed that needles made from these magnetic stones around this time replaced bone acupuncture needles. And in Japan, warm stones were worn around the waist to aid digestion. Stones also play an important role in Native American beliefs. Some tribal elders believe stones to be ancient beings that have souls. Stones were also used in northern Europe as the original electric blankets without the electricity. People would put warm stones in bed. Warm stones were also used during childbirth to help reduce pain and spasms.
And, if you found yourself in the generation of the PET ROCK, or know of the WORRY STONE, rocks take on additional meanings. I have been working for the past few days creating bracelets that have wire and various stones. I like the feeling that there is a deeper connection to nature when I am creating with stone. I’ll be highlighting those creations soon as I find ways to perfect my wrapping techniques further.
What type of people like stone jewelry? I think anyone can “rock” this look because it is natural and can be a very neutral accessory. People are drawn to the earth themes of wearing a stone accessory. It is quite opposite from the shiny bling of a diamond or gemstone. Adding a rock item to your collection of accessories provides a variety in range from semi-precious stones or a common rock you can find on a curbside or natural forest path. No matter if a stone is man-made or dyed, it can bring a look of nature, calmness and simplicity. Smooth or rugged, a stone piece can be a statement piece of wearable art or a simple highlight of what nature has to offer us. Stones can be used in their natural state, carved, polished, combined with other elements, caged in wire, attached to a pendant and even made as a faux clay bead. There is no limit to the display of a real stone in jewelry except for its weight. Many artists attempt to mimic qualities of stone in other mediums. A common look is from turquoise, and marble. And why not? The natural stones can be expensive and hard to find, not to mention heavy to wear in their real states.
Please visit and revisit the Natural Stone section in the Club
Creative Studio online storefront. Inventory changes often!
Club Creative Studio wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year.
The year 2013 can be a full year of inspiration and appreciation if you welcome it into your life. My daughter and I wish to share a project that you too can do to help you kick off the new year. Are you ready to learn how we are getting our year off to the right start? If you want to resolve to show more gratitude in your life and appreciate the positive and good things that happen to you, this project is for you.
We have cleverly and fondly named our project. We call these creations our “Joy Jars”. Our decorated jars are going to be the hub spot for our daily written sediments of one aspect in the day that was a positive or uplifting aspect of that day. So that we can remember the event, on a small slip of cut paper, we are planning to write down at least one highlight of the day that gave us joy. For an entire year, we hope to continue to fill the jar and stuff in the numerous slips we accumulate. On New Year’s Eve, 2013, we will begin to open up each tab collected and smile at all of the great things that happened to us through out the year in gratitude. Are you inspired to create your own Joy Jar in 2013?
We went on a hunt to a few of our local thrift stores in hopes to find low-cost and interesting glass jars with lids. We felt pretty lucky in finding jars that cost $2.00 and $3.00 each. I am sure that you may be able to find something even less in price, recycled, or even around your home that would also suffice for the same purpose.
We decorated our jars in different ways. My daughter used many inspirational word stickers, and decorative tapes on her glass jar. She placed them on and around her entire jar so that no matter which way the jar was displayed, it would show a decorative side. She created a simple look but, it is still cute and colorful.
Finished Joy Jar
The jar that I embellished included hand-made polymer clay beads, hand-twisted wire, and pink and red seed beads. I glued the large clay beads on the flat areas of my jar. The jar already had scroll raised designs so adding twisted wire also added the feeling of movement and whimsy to the over-all look.
To get an idea of some of the simple joys that you too may want to add to your “Joy Jar” read a few of the comments shared from the Club Creative Studio Business Fan Page on Facebook. I asked the fill-in-the-blank question: ____________ brings me joy. These are wonderful examples of sediments that can be added proudly to a “Joy Jar”. Are you inspired to make your own jar? Being specific in your highlighted statement will be the best prompt of recalling the gratitude you felt when reviewing it a year from now.
Family brings me joy– Kristy
Peace brings me joy- Anna
Inspiration brings me joy- Dawn
Champagne and the feeling after a workout gives me joy- Lauren
Making Earrings brings me joy- Rachael
When a child really understands something funny, the laughs they bring, that gives me joy- Michelle
Being surrounded by beautiful things brings me joy- Karen
Hearing a baby laugh brings me joy- Lynnette
My kids and husband bring me joy- Valerie
Another Finished Joy Jar
Happy New Year as you take your creative spirit into 2013. I welcome you to follow this blog for more creative prompts, projects and information. Also, be sure to check out the evolving creativity in Club Creative Studio Art on the website: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com
Have you ever felt the great feeling of being lucky and blessed at the same time? A new friend made me feel wonderful as she hooked me up with a great supply source. Club Creative Studio’s blog shares inspirations of creativity. Today’s post shares the story of how the artful journey of my bullet creations came into being. Using wire-wrapping techniques, beads and clay, I recycled bullets into jewelry art and a few related accessories. When you have the opportunity to creatively transform an unusual item into art, I say…”Go for it”.
Remember how thrilled I was when I wrote about the empty bullet shells that I received from visiting my friend? Janet brought to me many more spent bullets and encouraged me to keep creating from them. She recently introduced me to the supply source and he told me a few interesting things that I will also share with you here on the blog.
Mr. Dan Buckley is a retired police officer. In 1990, Mr. Buckley retired from the Montgomery County Police Department after thirty-three years of dedicated service. He told me about when the force was making a transition from 38 calabar revolvers to the now used 9 millimeter weapons. “The “bad guys” had more powerful weapons than they did.” So, the transition began. While they needed to train with the new guns, they had to shoot many rounds to get comfortable with the use and power. They trained weekly and shot many rounds. Mr. Buckley estimates that the hundred men probably fired around 500 rounds each when they were first making the change-over. Times that by 100 officers and that equals 50,000 empty cases! Dan collected the shells from the ground initially because he planned on reloading them. He did not get around to it. For nearly 25 years, they remained in a 5 gallon bucket in a corner of his garage. I could not wait to make my artful transformations and I continue to dream up new items that I can incorporate the empty shells into.
When Janet told Mr. Buckley about me and the art that I created from her police officer son’s empty gun shells, he offered to give me the bucket so that I could do more creative art! so, whenever I create another item using the shells, I thank the kind heart of Dan for being my generous supply source. It was great timing and great luck to feel blessed with bullets!
I am allowing my mind to wander and expand on other ideas and ways that I can utilize these shells creatively? I have a few creations in the works. If you have any suggestions as to a different way I can use these bullet shells as a new pendant or in a new item, please share your vision. I have a lot of shells to use up! Thank you for sharing your ideas with me.
Yesterday’s post from Club Creative Studio shared a few challenges of the latest wire worked project. Any single day can be filled with obstacles if you are trying a creative project for a first time or have been away from a technique for any duration of time. Today’s Feature Friday post will share a few successes from the challenges of working with wire in a new way.
Basicly, when I sat to create these necklaces, I wanted to have the feeling and look of the technique of chain maille but, not all of the complicated segments. That look combines individual loops in a maze-like pattern repeated over and over that link together. This did the trick for me because for one, I did not get a headache or confused too often and for the second reason, I was able to duplicate the method using a variation of technique.
Today, I am thankful for variety at the design table, especially the variety of wire.
Wire lends itself to change. Wire has different levels of strength and durability, it has a range in gauge (thickness), presents itself in suitable qualities, and it is offered in a variety of colors as well. It is a wonderful to experiment with. When I wrap in wire, it also looks wonderful to mix silver, gold or copper wires together. I love working with wire. Does it show?
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I am all “wired up’ as I experiment in the work place of Club Creative Studio. As I try new techniques in wire-wrapping I have run into trials and tribulations. This is what I love about the creative process…the learning process. Success in art means to be brave to start from an idea, remain open-minded to continue the project and then hopefully become pleased in the final product.
This is what is at the heart of exploring creativity. Today in this short post, I share with you the results of the recent stone, wire and crystal art pendants I am experimenting with.
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