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bobbin lace in wire: swirl earrings

Going through my old wire lace folders brings back so many memories! Making wire bobbin lace was a wonderful experience. It helped me master a very complex, traditional craft and then look at it from a new perspective as I chose to use a very nontraditional material to work with. It ultimately led me to jewelry making at large – and I really should get back to it. The satisfaction of creating something beautiful out of almost nothing is simply indescribable.

Bobbin Lace Earrings in Wire by JaKiGu - Original, One-of-a-Kind Piece of Jewelry

Bobbin Lace Earrings in Wire by JaKiGu - Original, One-of-a-Kind Piece of Jewelry

Bobbin Lace Earrings in Wire by JaKiGu - Original, One-of-a-Kind Piece of Jewelry

Bobbin Lace Earrings in Wire by JaKiGu - Original, One-of-a-Kind Piece of Jewelry

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bobbin lace in wire: spiral earrings with carnelian

I was perusing Pinterest today, and was so pleasantly surprised to see a picture of my wire bobbin lace earrings pinned and repinned 20 times (I know, peanuts for some, but it’s HUGE for me). The only sad part is that the 20-times repinned picture linked to a blog that took my photo and didn’t bother crediting me for it. Oh, well – that’s the risk inherent to anything put online, I guess.

Bobbin Lace Earrings by JaKiGu

Anyway, the first thing I thought when I saw those earrings of mine was that is was funny. Because I have been thinking about getting back to bobbin lace making, and to jewelry making in general, for weeks now. I took a break from working with resin when I was pregnant and then, obviously, I kind of took a break from my former life when Baby Bubba was born, period. But my fingers have been itching for a while. Maybe I am ready.

If Bubba’s naps are 30 minutes each, and he naps¬†3 times a day, ¬†these should only take 5 days to make! Ha!

Pity babies are everything but predictable. Maybe jewelry making will have to wait a tiny bit longer. But thanks for letting me inspire myself, Pinterest!

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everlasting lace ring in turquoise, blue, and chocolate

In the beginning, there were three seemingly random materials: sterling silver wire, resin, and thread.

The lace-maker in me patiently twisted and braided the thread into a piece of bobbin lace just like my great-grandmother used to.

The eager metal-smith in me carefully shaped and finished the wire to form a durable and comfortable ring base, which the free-spirited chemist in me happily filled with custom-dyed resin.

Where past meets present; where tradition meets modernity; where science meets art — that’s where everlasting lace lives. I love knowing that there’s much more to this minimalist ring than what meets the eye.