In jewelry-making, shaping wire doesn't often get the chance to shine. It's used to create links, loops, ear wires, head pins and jump rings, while beads take center stage. Add color to shaping wire, though, and the possibilities become endless. It's elevated from a simple material for creating findings and connecting beads to a versatile focal point with striking features. It has the ability to be sculpted, woven and wrapped and the added benefit of luscious, expressive color.
The necklace and earrings in this CraftAble celebrate colored shaping wire by bringing it to the forefront. In the Very Berry Necklace, wire does more than simply connect crystals into three tiered strands: it coils and weaves playfully through and around them, creating an elegant piece with texture and depth. The amethyst-colored wire accentuates and complements the pink, purple and orange crystals and creates a harmonious color balance. The Very Berry Earrings feature burgundy wire loops running across silver hoop earrings, providing a unique "perch" for several dangling crystals. Silver wire would be lost against the colors of the crystals, but the burgundy wire holds its own, lending an additional pop of color to these statement earrings.
Love the look of colored wire? Want to explore more possibilities for using it? Check out Live Wire Jewelry by Katie Hacker and discover fantastic new ways to incorporate a rainbow of colored wire into your jewelry.