Bead and Wire Work Necklace

by Emmy Blair
(Cody, WY, USA)

Bead and Wire Work Necklace<br>Big Horn Mountain Wheel

Bead and Wire Work Necklace
Big Horn Mountain Wheel

Seeking new wire jewelry design ideas? Try making this bead and wire work necklace called Big Horn Mountain Wheel by beaded jewelry artist Emmy Blair.

Jewelry Making Inspiration

While exploring the natural splendor of the Rockies, I became inspired to use the beauty of the land to create an alternative work of art.

The vivid Wyoming nighttime sky combined with the picturesque scenery of the West manifested an artistic vision that transformed into a star burst constellation series in what I call my Wild West Jewelry© Collection.

I use the beauty of the Rockies as my inspiration for all my pieces. The description that I include with each piece tells a brief story of what drove me to create that particular necklace.

Here's the description for my Big Horn Mountain Wheel wire and bead necklace: "At the top of the Big Horn Mountains lies the Medicine Wheel. Although its meaning is lost in antiquity one cannot help but feel powerful emotion at its site."

Jewelry Making Technique

The stones I used were opal, moonstone and opalite with silver accents. I used wire wrapping techniques to create the "medicine wheels", or circles, and I incorporated wire twirls into my creation.

Jewelry Making Challenge

The challenge I faced was how to re-create each circle so that they were similar.

Comments for Bead and Wire Work Necklace

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Good WireWork!
by: Wanda


Your wire and bead necklace design is beautiful! I love how you added beads to the center wire wheel to create a focal point different from the other wheel-like beads.

And the curly wire is a nice touch that adds whimsy to the overall design idea.

So, tell us, how did you re-create each circle to be very similar in size and design?

Thanks for sharing this wonderful bead and wire work necklace with us!


Beaded Jewelry Making Contest
by: Wanda


Thank you so much for entering your beautiful bead jewelry design in the July 2011 Beaded Jewelry Making Contest!

All of the bead design entries are just lovely, but only one could be chosen as the winning design entry during this contest.

So, here is the winning entry, Bead and Wire Flower Necklace.

Whatever else you do, have fun beading!


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