I first stumbled on Corra Liew of Malaysia's jewelry back in 2008 when she had been working with wire for only a year. But what a year that must have been because she went from utter beginner to a wire jewelry virtuoso. And she started off with hard-to-manipulate stainless steel wire to boot! She had just completed her first ever jewelry tutorial.
Her lovely Chinese Wire Knotted Pipa Love Knot Earrings (shown above) from her site, De Cor's Handmade Jewelry, was the design that first caught my attention. Corra was the very first person I know to translate an ancient Chinese cord knot into wire to great effect!
Corra went on to create other innovative designs. Her site shows various pipa styles and other wire knots. One of my favorites is her Secret Treasury pendant tutorial (below) which is based on another old Chinese button knot design. This one is at the advanced level.
One of her pretty designs rated at the beginner level is the Snowflakes earrings based on her love knot design. Corra says there are only 13 steps to making this pair. The pearls really do add a touch of elegance!
It's not just Chinese knots that inspire her but Celtic ones too. Below is her intermediate level Celtic Knot pendant tutorial.
I also love some of her more contemporary designs like her Serena Flower stud earrings.
Her designs are all delicate and on the smaller side which is a personal design preference of hers.
Here is a fabulous chance for 6 readers to win 5 each of any of her tutorials! Please also note that Corra is also currently running a 50% off promotion on her site ! Corra explained,“ It`s my birthday month, I am happy if I could put a smile on another`s face.“ This is indeed a very generous offering. That's why I called it the Mega Giveaway!
If you wish to try your luck please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.
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This giveaway is international.
Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower et . If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.
It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, September 17, 2012. I will pick the winners randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!
Before You Go:
- How to Wire Wrap Knot Rings (including Corra's free tutorial)
- Best Tutorial Links for Bead or Pearl Knotting using 3 Different Tools
- Pearl and Ribbon Knotted Necklace Tutorial Shows the Power of 3
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