Beads, beads, beads...

Beads, beads, beads...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wedding Bells are Ringing

In less than a month my youngest child and only son will be getting married.  We are delighted and excited about the celebration of their new life together.  Taylor and his new wife Adrienne will also be moving accross the country after the wedding as he will be stationed in San Diego, California.  So this is a bittersweet time for us because he will also be deployed one if not two times before he is finished with his committment to the Navy.  We are proud of him and thankful to be part of a great country that has been served by many fine young men and women in our Armed Forces!

I have volunteered to make the jewelry for the bride and the bridesmaids.  It has been fun picking out beads and findings.  Her colors are aqua and red.  The girls are wearing aqua dresses with red shoes and will carry red Gerbera Daisies.  I have a sample of the fabric for the dresses but nothing to match the red in the shoes or the flowers.  I decided to get a mix of reds so that it should work no matter what the shoes and flower colors turn out to be.

Can I say that I was not a great wire wrapper before I volunteered for this project?!  I talked to a friend who does wire wrapping well and watched her work on a few beads.  I realized that the most important thing I needed were the right tools.  I invested in a great set of Lindstrom jewelers tools from Fire Mountain Gems.

I also used sterling silver chain and findings.  So my journey with wire wrapping was now on a new playing field!  What a difference in how easy it was to wire wrap using sterling silver and using great tools!

So here are pictures of the bracelet and earrings that I am making for the wedding!

My muscles were actually sore after I spent the better part of the day wire wrapping these beads for 4 sets of earrings!  I will say that I am much more confident in my wire wrapping abilities now! 

What do you think of the need for quality tools?


  1. So pretty, I love the earrings. I think you do need some quality tools, it makes it so much easier.

  2. Gorgeous! Can I be a bridesmaid too,because this is my absolute favourite summer combo?!
    as for tools: absolutely the best you can find, which in my experience is never in a bead/DIY store. Instead get the help of a professional, your hubby or someone savvy in the hardware store merchandise. My boyfriend, who's in the auto repair industry has supplied me with top notch stuff from Junior and Beta. Expensive but worth every penny!

  3. Great tools...I need to upgrade! The jewelry is looking really lovely... the girls will love them. You are doing a wonderful job and they will really treasure these special pieces....very good to have quality wire, too.


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