Friday, April 8, 2016

Wire Wrangling and a Giveaway!


Ever get totally pumped to work on a project and then to your surprise you end up with something completely different from where you started?
This happens to me all the time
and I think it's pretty wonderful! 

I love using my "Now that's a Jig" and when Brenda Schweder came out with her new Dvd the "ABC'S of Wire Wrangling" I just new I had to get it!! 


Now as you may already know,I love making jewelry,but I also love making all sorts of projects from assemblage work,to fiber work and one of the reasons I enjoy this jig is because it allows me the freedom to not just work on Jewelry,but to make wire shapes that can be used in different projects! 

So after watching the Dvd, I decided to make one the fun links she used in her project...
but me and my nutty noggin thought...
what about using the links as a base to make a cage like shape to hold a Relics and Artifacts Milagros Doll. 




...of course,here is where my plan went to the birds...you see I had originally planned on making this cage like structure by feeding in and out assorted wires ,covering it with strips of glued book text and finishing it with a layer of resin. My hope was to create a pendant to wear around my neck...

But instead I painted the entire piece in black and added beautiful Color Bloom sprays and Art Ingredients Micro Beads from Prima Marketing! 

I fell in love with the piece so much,that I wanted to display it, instead of making it into a pendant,so I used one of Sandra Evertson's shadowboxes,covered it in beautiful Prima papers and glued in the focal.




Now what I loved about this process
was the wide open bank of ideas that came along with it. I made two links on the Now that's a jig and went from there...but the possibilities are endless.With the assortment of pegs you could make all shapes and sizes and you could make jewelry ...or not. 

When I contacted Brenda about the piece I made using her jig,
she was so generous 
and offered me a Dvd to giveaway to my blog readers! 

How cool is that! 

So if you want to give wire wrangling a try,
just leave me a comment! 
I'll pick a winner Friday the 15th!

...and remember...
when it comes to creating..



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,




22 comments:

DeeDee Catron said...

I WANT IT!

Thanks to you and Tina Walker I've learned so much in the mixed media genre. I'd love to give this a try <3 <3

Penny Mannix said...

Love to win the dvd! I have NTaJ and any inspiration will help. TFS

Claire Selby said...

So beautiful! I totally thought you were going for the bright colors since you shared your bangle bracelets with the lips of color!! I love the oxidized look even better

Heather said...

I love working with wire, and the way you used your new tools is fantastically creative. I'd love a chance to work with one too!

vzmaggie said...

Love this! I have one of her jigs. Have not used it much yet. I would love for a chance to win this DVD. Thanks Brenda and Cat!!!!

Lori Pearl said...

Love your work Cat! That sweet little tool, Now That's a Jig looks awesome!

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

This came out so great, had no idea what you were going to do with it! xox

Francine Perri said...

Sounds like fun Cat I would love to win Thanks so much!!!

Chrissy said...

Oh wow! I love how it transformed from one thing to another. It's a bit like mad scientist work, right? The piece just looks wonderful against the bright colors in the paper. Brilliantly composed.

Piera said...

;) Grandioso!!!!!!! Complimenti, un abbraccio Italiano

Lp said...

Now that's a ...FIRST! I'm first! I win! Brenda's been trying to bring me over to the dark side. If I get a DVD, it might put me over the edge. Is this an evil plot?

Kathy said...

Wow - I have been eyeing the "Now thats a jig" - saw the butterfly shape done with it - now you tell me there is a DVD to teach you. Well I am in for the drawing!!!! I always learn new things from your blog - THANK YOU!

Jackie said...

Oh what fun, Cat! Would love to learn how to play with that jig. And I love your piece. Thanks so much!

Milagros C Rivera said...

Oh my I L O V E it!!!! Fabulous project Cat and I wouldn't mind having a new toy to play with!!!

Vanessa Johanning said...

This is so brilliant I can't stand it!! LOL I love everything about this piece !! Including how you got there!!! The jig looks so cool !! Thanks Cat and Brenda!! Xoxoxo

Deb said...

This is very sweet! I love your creativity! I have never wire wrangled, but maybe it's time to give it a try!😊

kristie said...

OHMYGOSH!!I LOVE YOUR CREATION! AND I can totally see myself using that jig for all kinds of deliciousness!!

Lupe Meter said...

You are so creative, Cat!! Oh, would love to win the DVD! Love your creation!!

Ret said...

What a great post! Love the whole process! And now I want a wire jig! And there's a DVD to win!! How exciting! Love your art, Cat! Thank you and Brenda for a chance to win a DVD! ❤️

tippytaco2004 said...

love your project would love to win dvd and make something nice from dvd too i'd bevery excited

Elaine Clelland said...

Love my now that's a jig! Thanks for letting me know about her new video!

peggy said...

thank you. would love to win!