This week I received the means to try my hand at a few new techniques: My bead loom which I already showed you and a set of small jewelers tools and two rolls of silver plated wire. I've been interested in trying both the beadweaving and the wire wrapping for some time now so I was thrilled to acquire the tools and materials to do so. I have had a lot of fun playing around with both this week and here are my results:
I think I like the wire wrapping over the bead weaving. Simply because of the freedom of design. I really enjoyed making this piece and I plan on trying my hand at another this week
I liked the bead weaving but I also felt hampered by the restrictions in design. I am used to being able to do whatever I want when stitching. With beads you are confined to squares of color and so it really restricts the flow of your design. Also the beads must all be the same size. Even though I used good Japanese seed beads(miyuki and toho) the different colors varied in width and caused the design to ripple.
I do like the bead weaving but I don't think I like it as much as the wire wrapping.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!