Skip to main content

How to

After thinking about it for a while I have decided that once in a while I will post a "how to" to show different designs or techniques in wire which could help others in their way forward.
There is just one challenge I face: I can't very well execute a particular step and take a photo of it at the same time. Therefore I shall post a picture of each step and describe it.
If anyone has a better idea of how to accomplish my objective, please let me know! In a way these instructions will be mini tutorials, but as of now they will be free because I myself have learned so much via the internet and so many helpful groups without paying anything, therefore it is payback time.
Let me know what you think!


Comments

  1. Hee Hee - the eternal dilemma. How much does one share without compromising your uniqueness?

    But looking at all you do, I think you enjoy the creative process itself. You will always come up with new ideas!

    I have found that my 'payment' for the color tutorials I've given on my blog is in people's wonderful comments. Especially at a time when everyone is tightening their belts - good feelings and warm camaraderie amongst bloggers is a huge payback!

    Have fun - your method sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This sounds like a great idea. But maybe just give little snippets so your style can still be kept for yourself. I have noticed a few artists who take designs from others with no credit given to the origional design.

    I will keep an eyeout though as I love your designs.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Kudos to you for making such an effort on behalf of others. I'm sure your method of teaching will work well. But as Lou said, please don't give away too much of your unique style. You don't want to see yourself coming and going!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the concept of "giving back." How wonderful that you have chosen to share your design tutorials. I will be on the lookout. Your work is beautiful. I love the spiderweb!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Healthy New Year!

Now we have left Christmas and overindulgence behind and are well into the new year, which we hope will be a prosperous and healthy one for everyone.

Unfortunately many have a health challenge like diabetes which puts serious restrictions on what to eat. Good cookbooks are available that make it a lot easier to plan meals, but to re-create favourite dishes of family members takes a lot of research and experimentation!

One of those favourites in our home is pancakes with all possible variations. Today I will show you one of them: Potato pancakes originally, now called coco yam pancakes. The change was necessary because coco yam is lower on the glycaemic index than potatoes, therefore better for diabetics but just as delicious!

You will need:
1 medium sized coco yam (malanga coco)
1 small onion
1 egg
1 heaped tbsp wholemeal flour ( wholewheat )
a pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper
about 1/2 cup water
vegetable oil for frying

Method:
Peel and finely grate the coco yam and onion in…

Baked Akara!

Akara in Yoruba and Kose in Hausa, these deep fried bean cakes are enjoyed all over Nigeria. Traditionally they are made from dried black-eyed beans or honey beans, soaked overnight and skins removed. Then they are put through a grinder with onion, salt, tatashe ( a large type of hot pepper) and maybe one or two other ingredients, depending on locality. Then oil is heated in a large basin and the mixture is dropped in by the spoonful, turned over once or twice and fried until golden brown. When done they are drained on newspaper which does take up the excess oil to a certain extent. Finally wrapped in fresh newspaper the akara are sold to the waiting customer.
For a long time I was racking my brain how to recreate the deliciousness of akara without the process of deep frying, because any food saturated with fat is an absolute taboo for anyone with heart problems, high cholesterol and/or diabetes. So a healthy version was needed, especially since beans are highly recommended for anyon…

Easy versatile chain links - tutorial

This is another variation of the famous U-shape. For this project I used 19g silver wire, quite tarnished. To start you need your wire, which can be 18 or 2og, they work equally well. You also need a 6.5mm mandrel to shape the U, wire cutters and stepnose or roundnose pliers. The rest is up to your fingers! To join the links I used 3.5mm ID jumprings. The size of the jumprings is a personal choice. To start straighten your wire and flush cut on each side a 4cm section. For a necklace one needs about 40 to 42 pieces. Shape all of them over the 6.5mm mandrel, making sure the ends of the wire are of equal length.
Now take the stepnose pliers and make a loop on each side facing inside the U using the smallest step . If using roundnose pliers, mark them first, so all the loops have the same size. When all the links have been completed that way
hammer them flat. Usually the loops will open abit at this stage, so make sure to close them up again.
Now you form the links with your fingers, pushin…