Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aluminum Wire Artistry by Refreshing Designs

By on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11 Comments

I was delighted when Utah based Heidi Sears became my Google + follower. That's because I was then able to explore her Etsy store, Refreshing Designs.  What an apt name because her wire work is certainly refreshing!

Mid Summer's Eve Bouquet Flower Bib necklace
Heidi calls it the new look of wire wrapping.  She said, " I get tons of compliments from total strangers when I wear my jewelry and so will you!"  It's easy to see why she does. She uses thick anodized aluminum wire wire to make really bold and at times colorful wire work jewelry.

Tricolored Tear Drop Earrings
Heidi's designs are also well photographed. Most of her earring designs use earring cards to prop up the pieces.  Her shop name is thus prominently displayed.  I am not a fan of watermarks going across pictures as they detract greatly from designs.  So Heidi's solution is clever!

Snowflake Earrings

Some Wire over Rainbow Necklace
It is heartening to see an aluminum wire artisan do so well. It's not always about the precious metals is it? 

Bleeding Heart Elven Bracelet
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  1. What lovely jewelry!! big bold and beautiful just as I like it..Till date I hadnt known that there was color aluminium wire (Though I use a lot of colored copper wire)...looks spectacular

  2. Cool post. I just got some colored aluminum diamond cut wire at Bead Fest Texas and am anxious to start working with it. Thanks.

  3. That is absolutely amazing! I don't do wire work, but I would like to learn after seeing your creations! : )

  4. Wow!!! The rainbow one knocks me off my feet!

  5. Love this!
    It's really wonderful!

  6. These are beautiful! Does she know how they dye the aluminum? Is it a coating, or is the metal completely colored through and through?

  7. She uses anodinized aluminum where the colored coating is applied electrolytically. You can buy such colored aluminum from places such as the Ring Lord.

  8. Her pieces are lovely, like wearing a rainbow. There are a number of places that now carry a variety of aluminium wire, in different colors and gauges. Fire Mt. Gems has a selection as does SaveOnCrafts http://www.save-on-crafts.com/ - I love their site even if they don't have a lot in the way of jewelry supplies - however if you're planning a wedding they carry just about everything except wedding gowns. :D

  9. I get my aluminum wire from Plum Bazaar beads, Branson, MO. they have many colors, both flat and round wire. I don't work for them. I have made many styles of bracelets, rings, watch bands, earrings and anything we can think of.

  10. I love you work!! Beautiful pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing!!