Monday, November 5, 2012

WireKnitZ $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway and Free Jewelry Tutorials

I knit with wire. Sometimes I must admit using wire on fine metal needles makes me clench my teeth! It also takes a long time to complete a project. That's what happened to Norma Melton, the creator of WireKnitZ who made a knitted wire cuff to showoff some beach glass.  She was convinced there had to be a better way than to spend hours and hours on a project.

Wheelz Bracelet by Angela Davis
So lots of product development time later, she came up with a highly colored copper based tubular metal mesh for jewelry and other fine art applications. It is an incredibly versatile one as the mesh can be easily folded, stretched, twisted, stitched, shaped, woven and so on as well as combined with beads and other components.

Talk about fast!  It literally takes a few minutes to cut a tube and fold over the raw ends to create a basic rolled cuff!

Rolled Cuff Tutorial
I first stumbled onto WireKnitZ via Eva Sherman's Etsy store Grand River BeadsnWire.  Eva loved WireKnitZ so much when she discovered it herself that she now carries in her own jewelry store in Rocky River, Ohio.  BTW she teaches classes there too.

Cinched Cuff Tutorial by Norma Melton

Eva confessed she "traded in her architectural career, as well as her bank account for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads."  It is not surprising given her previous career that she like WireKnitZ so much because the material allows all sorts of sculptural manipulations.

Pinwheel Flower Brooch Tutorial by Eva Sherman
WireKnitZ comes in different widths and mesh density so do ask Eva if you are not sure about the types.

Shown here are some wonderful examples from the WireKnitZ gallery and tutorial page.  Eva demonstrates how to make a ruffled flower adorned cuff in this video tutorial.  She also shows how snap fasteners are attached with a special tool.  I couldn't get a clear shot of the finished cuff so you'll have to see the video!



My most favorite thing about this product is the ability to make a Viking knit style piece in next to no time! There are a couple ways to go about it.  The first is Norma's wrap around a dowel method.

Convertibles Bracelet or Choker Tutorial by Norma Melton
The second method which uses no dowel is shown in Eva's video tutorial. Her pseudo Viking knit necklace has a Unicorn lamp work bead and it took her just over 5 minutes to make it. It takes way longer to make a true Viking knit necklace!  So if you don't have the inclination or the time for doing Viking knit jewelry, check out WireKnitZ.




Giveaway
Here is a chance to win some WireKnitZ from Eva's Etsy store (or her physical store if you live close) so you can come up with your own unique creations.

Please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank. Please leave an email at the very least so I can contact you easily if you win.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. 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, November 12, 2012. I will pick the winner 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!

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51 comments :

slkunze said...

Whoa! This stuff is beautiful! I can see using it with chainmaille or beads or felt - thank you for focusing on it today!
Susan
slkunze@gmail.com

Divya N said...

Wow not only does it look like viking knit but it also looks better. I would love to win such a fantastic supply

Divya N said...

I follow your blog on GFC & facebook

Nancy Ludvik said...

I love the look of Wire Knitz! Would love to win...

mnludvik@earthlink.net

Chrissi said...

Wow! I am already planning what things I can do with it, and drawing out the designs- I like wire knitting and Chainmaille but never have the patience to get anything finished in one go

Frankie said...

Particularly like this blog. I found it very helpful. You often introduce me to things I did not know were available. I enjoy Eva Sherman's work as well as yours. Thanks so much for all you do to help beginners and hobbyists. You're the best! God bless you!

imebears said...

Just found your website over the weekend. Would love to win.

diannehayes said...

Beautiful and easy .I am definitely going to try. Love it.

Cindi said...

I'm loving this! This sis a really cool idea! Would love to make something creative with this!
Cindi
Muttilouthomas@gmail.com

Voltzia said...

Oh, I didn't know about this kind of wire...

voltzia@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Really like this stuff. Looking forward to trying it out with my gorgeous beach glass.
hemlockcreek@gmail.com

Holly said...

Wow! What great ideas! Just reading through the blog, my mind was racing wih ideas. I live where it's not easy to find new types of products & supplies to buy, so the opportunity to find out about & maybe win this makes my heart go pitter-pat.

mary m said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am a subscriber, have shared on the Facebook and follow you on the Facebook.
Knitted wire looks great!
Jandmmarshall@aol.com

Deryn said...

I love your blog. Read it daily and have made many projects from it. This WireKnitZ looks like so much fun. I haven't seen it before but will be on the lookout for it. How wonderful it would be to win.

Derin
Dthompsom06@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This is one I will have to try. Looks interesting. Thanks. Mary Lou jerseydevil1974@yahoo.com

dragonswing said...

I am a follower of your blog

Jenny Holt said...

WOW so creative love the effect. Thanks for the chance to win some to try
jenny

dragonswing said...

I am a follower of your blog

Jenny Holt said...

WOW so creative love the effect. Thanks for the chance to win some to try
jenny

dragonswing said...

I have seen wire crochet and knitting before, but not like these pieces!! Really cool.

JMSCrochetArtist said...

This looks fantastic. Would love to win this.

Angela Magnotti Andrews said...

Eva is sooo adorable!! This is a fun material, too. I like the viking pieces the best!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Love this WireKnitz. So many possibilities!

Thank you for offering this giveaway!

zanc@att.net

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try this amazing product!!!
Thanks for this opportunity.
Dawn McCreary
loildf@gmail.com

aims said...

Having owned a wool store and taught knitting for years, including machine knitting - this product naturally caught my eye.

I look forward to giving it a try and seeing how it can enhance my own creativity.

bigbluebarn@gmail.com

edie aka gail said...

Beautiful work! I've been looking at WireKnitz for quite some time and would love to have the opportunity to be able to purchase through your fabulous 1giveaway!

Gail T ~ gtay005@gmail.com

ZUBEAJAY said...

oh i would really love to have some of that stuff to play with ! barb
bjc21072323@yahoo.com

Vicky F said...

That looks sooo much fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

victoria_farrell at hotmail dot com

KayzKreationz said...

I would absolutely love to win this and try it. It looks awesome.

KayzKreationz said...

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KayzKreationz said...

Just tweeted about your giveaway. http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz My e-mail should be in my blog profile.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Now I know how to use these fabulous WireKnitZ that I ordered! Thank you so much; I LOVE Unicorne Beads, and I have been struggling with Viking Knit for quite a while. You have devised a beautiful substitute for all those hours spent - I LOVE you! J.D.Leigh Designs, Sarasota, FL
jdleigh@comcast.net

gactor said...

That is so neat! I can't wait to get some and play with it ;-).

Glenda Mac Naughton said...

I love the sophistication of these designs - they bring wire knitting to a very delightfully different place. I'd love the opportunity to try Wire Witz with seed bead weaving - that could produce some very Witzy, Ritzy weaving. What fun. Thanks for the giveaway and the blog - I subscribe and love the diversity you share with us.
Glenda

Manola Maria said...

This material is so easy to manipulate! At least that's how it looks in the videos. I would certainly like to try it.

Manola Maria said...

I'm a blog subscriber.

Manola Maria said...

I'm a fb fan.

Manola Maria said...

I just shared on my fb page.

Anonymous said...

Just love WireKnitZ! So many ways to use it!
gigijam@aol.com

Almost Precious said...

Lovely. I've never used the mesh wire but have been fascinated by it and have it on my infamous; "want to try this" list. lol

Suezahpalooza said...

Wow , all the colors to choose from, these are gorgeous and hard to pick just one. Please put my e-mail in for a chance to win :)
sjohnson527@gmail.com

smamabird said...

I would love to try this stuff

smamabird@aol.com

Bonnie said...

I'm excited about the potential uses!
jobeak@3rivers.net

pupton said...

cool! That would be fun to play with!
pupton58 at gmail dot com

Priya said...

It's really beautiful. I would love to try making them.

Crystal said...

This is the first time i heard of WireKnitz..very cool and unique!! (:

crluckystar at yahoo dot com

Crystal said...

I forgot to mention that i live close to Rocky Rive..i am very interested in checking out her store..thanks!!
email subcriber-cyclona66 at aol

crluckystar at yahoo dot com

KipperCat said...

what a cool product!
lizhart at kippercat dot net

KipperCat said...

I'm also a blog follower.

Anonymous said...

would love to have a go with the beautiful wireknitz. have seen it advertised and think it will be great for experimenting with.
Susan
shw_samuel@sky.com

Shani said...

This sounds so great! I love so many things, like the beads etc!

kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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