Sunday, 29 April 2012

Messiness: only to be attempted after mastering tidiness

I've seen lots of examples on others' blogs of "messy" wire-wrapping. Here's an example, by someone far more competent than me. It looks deceptively easy (sigh). But it's a lot harder, in the same way that playing jazz- piano is a lot harder than a nice regular bit of Haydn.

I decided to experiment with a similar technique for my new pair of earrings, using 0.4mm silver-plated  wire. I think I can say, with fairness, that the results were mixed. It does kind-of work, but not if you look too closely, especially with a Macro lens :-D

It might have gone better with thicker wire - but I wanted the earrings to be delicate and pretty, not all chonky-like.

Clearly, further practice is required!


  1. I like the direction you're going in with that style of wire wrapping! It definitely is tougher than it looks -- I gave it a go last summer and found that I have to be just as careful wrapping "messy" wraps as regular ones. Just in a different way.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. I like the delicate feel of these messy wrapped earrings! Good job! Also, sometimes I find thicker wire harder to work with in some designs. This looks like a good fit for these earrings.

  3. I love these! I'm still trying to perfect the messy look. Maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist to be successful at this trend....

  4. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog. I love these earrings - I like that they are delicate and yet the textures make them fun and more bold! I know what you mean about the different wire types, too - sterling is always my preference even though it's expensive because sometimes various craft wires, etc. so show all the flaws when you use your macro lens.