Thursday, March 19, 2015

Silver wire wrapped spiral daisy ring

Customers often ask me to tweak my already-existing items to fit their needs. I recently had a woman purchase one of my silver wire wrapped daisy flower coil rings.

However, instead of wearing it as a coil, she asked if I could redesign it with the daisy sitting right on the band:

Believe it or not, this ring is made with a single piece of wire. My main concern when designing it was to make sure it looked neat -- and that there weren't pieces of wire and wraps sticking out all over the place. Basically, I wanted the daisy to look as if I had been soldered to the band... even though it was wrapped.

It took some trial and error, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. The daisy is actually quite secure on the band and really cute! I made the daisy a little bigger than I had with the coil ring version so it would be front and center:

After successfully making this daisy ring, I played around with other designs where the ring's main feature was centered on the band. So far, none have turned out so well. I've tried using small Swarovski crystal pearls, but I think they're too bulky for this kind of ring. The pearls are sticking way out and I don't like the way they're sitting on the wire. I think pearls would work better if I strung the band through the pearl; I'll have to experiment. I think this design could work with crystal bicones; I'll have to see. But I at least know I can make these pretty flowers rings! That's the fun of making jewelry; even when my attempts don't work, I enjoy trying.

Check out the rest of my jewellery at Naomi's Designs and MayaGirl Creations.

Naomi's Designs: Win FREE Handmade Wire Wrapped Jewellery!

Before I explain how you'll have the chance to win one of my handmade jewelry pieces, first some exciting non-jewelry news: My new novel F#@! BOMB is coming out on March 30 and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon!

To celebrate its debut, I am hosting an online Facebook party on March 30, 6-8 p.m. ET. Everyone is welcome to log in and join the event!

During the party, I will be chatting with readers, doing an author Q&A -- and will be giving fans the chance to win some prizes, including free copies of my book, Amazon gift certificates ... and some pieces of my jewellery!

So far, the two pieces I will be giving away are a pink wire wrapped abstract triangle pendant and my silver wire wrapped rainbow infinity ring.

The triangle pendant is made from 18 gauge copper wire, which has been plated with pink coating and the infinity ring is made of 18 gauge silver plated wire, which has been adorned with colorful Swarovski crystal bicones. The pendant is a new item, but the rainbow infinity ring is one of my most popular pieces! Though most of my jewelry is designed with women in mind, a man could wear either of these. The wire wrapped pendant would look great on a black cord or silver chain, and the infinity ring works on any finger.

If you read the description of F#@! BOMB on Amazon, you'll see that one of the main characters is gay ... and so yes, these pieces do reflect a theme! For our LOVE NOTES music book anthology party, I gave away wire wrapped music note earrings, so I am trying to choose jewelry that matches the book. The triangle pendant also matches my new book's bright pink cover, so it serves a dual purpose.

Between my writing and jewelry making, I sometimes feel like two different people, so it's always fun when I can bring my two interests together. I hope you'll join me on Facebook. If not, please be sure to check out Naomi's Designs and MayaGirl Creations.