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In order to grow as artisans, we must do three things - be inspired, try new things and above all practice, practice, practice! One artisan who has grown tremendously since I last featured her is (WireBliss )Mei who comes from the state of Sarawak in tropical East Malaysia, which is on the large island of Borneo. Mei loves wire work and recently designed a spectacular commissioned piece and showcased it on her blog.

Her inspirations came from a tropical snake, the cobra and her friend's a pair of strappy braided sandals. As you can see below, she has mastered precision wire braiding.

Her first attempt was a failure because the wires were too short. On her second afternoon, she succeeded in completing the piece which shows the wonderful ending decorated with Swarovski crystals and rose quartz. Doesn't it look like the hood of a cobra? And when the wearer puts on the cuff style bracelet, it becomes clear why Mei ended up calling it "Facing the Cobra"! Thanks, Mei for sharing and for inspiring us! By the way, Mei also has an Etsy store.

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