A River Rock Commission

After a recent pop-up event a friend asked me if I could wrap her river rock into a pendant.

RiverRock

When she brought it to me, I instantly thought of a heart shape. She agreed, and the wrapping began, while putting on appropriate music for this dancer.

Music

I used a prior heart pendant as a template, except I had to work this one in reverse. Usually I start with the pendant loop that attaches to the necklace cord, but in order to secure the rock I had to start by wrapping it first.

Inspiration

I gently wrapped the steel wire around the rock, and needed to make a few attempts to get it to be snug with each twist, as the wire would re-align itself.

wrappingRock

When I was happy with securing the rock, I created the heart shape.

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Then I criss-crossed the remainder of the shape, et voila!

Heart

It did ruin the fresh manicure, but such is the life of a wire bender.

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The customer is happy, and I am inspired to pick up some arrowheads to repeat the process.

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I also created a custom collar recently. Making Waves is intended for a tall woman, so I created a smaller version for my customer.

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We measured using a spiral collar and then I got to work replicating the look and feel.

Sizing

I prepped the wire by sandpapering off the grime, hammering it straight and filing off the edges.

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Then I bent it into shape.

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This collar is being worn around town on a regular basis, and I love that it brings such joy to its new owner.

Modeling

As tough as steel wire is, the end result is a light and flowy piece you can pair with any look.

MakingWavesCollar

I take much pleasure shaping the forms and seeing where the wire leads me, as it sometimes won’t  come out as my intended vision. In the same way Amy Lee Segami collaborates with water, the wire tells me which direction it wants to bend into, creating surprising results that appeal to variety of people.

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Browse my Etsy shop to see what I have in stock, and let me know if you want to customize a piece that appeals to you. Earrings, seashells, ribbons, beads, charms, crystals are all fair game to be wrapped into a unique jewelry piece of your own.

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