Tucson's Top 5 Wire Trends
Wire Here, Wire There, Wire Everywhere
Wire was hot, hot, HOT! The colored wire spools were delightful to drool over. Many of the booths had folks giving demos on creating your own wire masterpieces. Like potato chips, once you start, there's no stopping. Wireworking pajama parties until the wee hours were plentiful in Tucson! A tradition sure to continue next year.
Wire Sculpture Focal Pieces
Free form wire sculpture demos and classes were all the rage in Tucson this winter. It seemed as though this art form was more popular than in the past. Many have moved beyond kits and want to learn how to create custom sculpture pieces with their own style and color palate.
Mixing Wire Colors
With all the various shades of colors wire now comes in, mixing colors has become even more popular. Using basic wire techniques, you can create jewelry that looks completely different depending on the colors you use.
Aged and Patina Metals
A new product from LillyPilly Designs totally rocked my world! A treasure cove of textured, etched, and patina-ed copper and aluminum sheets. The sky's the limit on how you could work these into your wire jewelry creations such as resin focal pieces or punched out charm dangles. I can't wait to start!
Chain, Chain, and More Chain
Mixing chain with wire in jewelry making has been popular but this year I saw more booths carrying both products together. This made shopping and mixing metals so much easier. I also noticed so many different chain finishes this year, where in the past there was mainly silver and gold. I saw a lot of gunmetal and antique coppers, golds, and rusty patinas. You can match up chain with your wire or use constrating colors for more interest.
All in all, Tucson's metal and wire treasures were breathtaking (you could hear wallets crying)! So many innovative materials and ways to incorporate them into your jewelry-making was worth the trip alone. So, be sure to put a trip to Tucson on your bucket list! If you didn't make it this year, no worries, you can still enjoy metals and wire inspiration on a regular basis with Step by Step Wire Jewelry.
The best is yet to bead!