by Edd Nelson.
(North West Indiana USA)
I am a recently retired Art Instructor and I first got into making wire wrapped jewelry from a free tutorial I found on You Tube. From then on it has been a passion of mine.
I have been making wire jewelry for at least seven years now and I have developed my own free style of wire work / sculpture. I tend to get really immersed in making statement jewelry and I can spend many days on designing a single piece.
I like to use as many different elements as I can, sometimes incorporating things like leather, copper, stainless, brass, silver and found objects as well.
I also use recycled wire that I get from certain types of electronics and appliances that I find. I disassemble them to harvest the copper wire and other useful parts inside.
The photos that I have submitted are of what I call “Bike Rings”
I had figured out how to make them quite by accident.
One day a few years ago I was busy working on a double two finger ring as something different to do, when in the middle of tinkering around and twisting the two rings together I noticed that they were taking on the shape that resembled a motorcycle.
So I got this idea by adding embellishments Like coiled wire for Handle bars, beads for gas tanks, crystal headlights and leather scraps for seats , I could make them look even more like motorcycles.
They were a big hit.
My very first sale was a Bike Ring that I was wearing and someone offered to buy it from me, as it were, that was the only one I had at the time. So I sold it right off my finger and made a tidy profit for the very first one.
I then proceeded to make and sell more Bike Rings while experimenting with the method of making them as I went along ,so there are never any two alike.
Over the years I have developed a wide variety of different styles of other Jewelry, Including: Statement, Steam-punk, Goth, Southwestern / Native American, Victorian, Modern / contemporary , Christmas/Holiday and a style that I call Girly Girl.
I am always tinkering and developing new and different ideas and I enjoy seeing what others are doing with this great artistic medium as well.
I work out of my Home Studio