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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thunderstorms and Bails

 I couldn't stay away from cabs for too long! I just picked up a few nice ones and was eager to wrap one up.

I was working on doing some weaving and wondered if I could do this or not. After a test piece, I figured it was a go. :) I combined a few things together with this. I haven't seen this wrap before, but if you have- let me know.

I used a nice piece of sugilite and copper wire. When I was done, I wished I had used silver. I don't know, I just think silver with a nice patina would look better with the sugilite.

This took quite a while to do. I was finished up to the point of the bail when a hellacious thunderstorm blew through and we lost power. It was ok though because I needed to take a break before deciding what to do for a bail. By the time we got power back, I knew what I wanted to do. I had a lot of wires to work with!

Am I the only one that stresses over bails? It's the last thing to do and usually the hardest- mostly because I'm always afraid that that's where I'll end up messing up. This bail could have been neater, but I'm happy enough with it. I don't typically do woven bails because I opt for a more simple approach- one that is less conspicuous, but this really called for a woven bail, I think. 
















10 comments:

  1. This is STUNNING (even in copper!!) You are certainly a MASTER!!!! I think you made a really good choice on the bail. The bezel is substantial looking, and needed a bail to support that.
    My problem is ALWAYS the bail. That's where I run into trouble. I often take apart a perfectly good wrap...except for the bail. I'm still working on it. Fingers crossed.....(maybe THAT'S my problem!! LOL!)

    Your work is always inspiring!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    MichelleO.

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  2. Thank you, Michelle!!! I'm glad you like the bail. Yes, bails are the WORSE! Sometimes I think my problem is just that I stress so much over them, worrying about making a mistake at the end. Maybe I jinx myself! LOL!

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  3. This is utterly and completely beautiful. The wire pattern, in particular from the side, is so very interesting.
    I see your point, with silver the contrast might have been stronger, but the combination of copper and purple is a very special one, and I love it. And I'm sure you have more sugilite or other purple stones. ;-)

    With the strong bail it could also be a pendant for a man.

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  4. Thank you, Renate! This pendant is on the small side, but I can see it for a man on a larger, heavier piece. I do like the copper. I just wonder what it would look like in silver. I'm so tempted, but this took a lot of wire.

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  5. Tela, I think this looks beautiful. The woven bail works well with the woven frame. I too woryy about bails as they are the last step and am concerned I will ruin a whole piece. The copper does look good with the sugilite but understand the yearning for silver!

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  6. Hi Christine :) Thank you! Yes, I've had a hankering for silver lately. Don't know why. But, it seems everything I do, I want to see in silver. Truthfully, gold fill is what I always USED to use. I just love working with it. Can't afford it now! :(

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  7. Hi Jaana! Thank you! I'm glad you like this :)

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  8. That is one very pretty piece. Don't regret the choice of copper, it is a lovely combo

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  9. Thanks! I'm glad you like the copper :) :)

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