Handcrafted Wire Wrapped Jewelry Featuring Healing Gemstones
by Carolyn Moran
The Jewelry ~ Where Nature and Fashion Meet
Wire wrapped pendant necklaces and earrings, inspired by nature, created with healing earthy stones that are as unique and dramatic as the person who wears them.
Each piece is handcrafted swirling and shaping wire by hand, adding natural elements and crystals to create a unique setting that enhances the natural beauty, color and shape of the stone. Each natural stone that I use has healing properties. Today wire wrapping has become popular because of the uniqueness and individuality of each piece...no two are ever exactly alike. You can be sure that each pendant is carefully handcrafted to be a special one of a kind treasure. Each pendant includes a free chain, leather or organza ribbon necklace.
The Style ~ Mood and Personality
When I started creating wire wrapped pendants, I followed instructions from a couple tutorials that I found online. I bought a few books as well. As time went on I discovered ways to individualize each piece, instead of the same cookie-cutter style that I did my first few months. I started to let the personality of the stone determine everything and developed my own unique style. That is what makes my pendants so much fun to create. Depending on my mood that day, whether simple, sophisticated, whimsical or dramatic, I don't know how each one is going to turn out until I am finally satisfied with it.
The Passion ~ Swirls
I love wire wrapping because it suits my personality. Redundency tends to bore me. Every design that I create is so unique that I never get bored. I find it very rewarding to start with just two key elements: rock and metal, and using just five wire tools, along with my hands and my heart. I have always been attracted to calming swirls, curves and blending of colors in a natural balance and rhythm. I feel a calmness with the soft side of design vs. the intense boldness of straight lines and angles. Bringing this softness to the hard element of rocks, along with the shiny element of wire brings out a passion in my personality where I can create truly unique pieces of wearable art that are feminine yet dramatic.
The Inspiration ~ Nature
I live in Alaska, and my natural setting really inspires me. I love nature! Also my love of fashion inspires me. I am not particularly a "bling" girl but I love natural stones and sometimes it is difficult to find just the right jewelry to wear with my simple wardrobe. My family also inspires me and their constant support and love keeps my life in check and balance.
The Creative Process ~ Freedom of Expression
The entire process is so much fun. The first step is the hunt for the perfect gemstones via two of my favorite pastimes...shopping and nature walks! I enjoy supporting various local and online bead and rock shops and have so much fun browsing. It is also very rewarding to discover Mother Nature's beautiful natural jewels, whether along a walk while home in Alaska or on the beaches of Belize where I spend some time in the winter. Then each individual gemstone inspires my design. The color of the wire, the curves and swirls of the wire setting and the little baubles I add enhance each stone's personality. The stone speaks to me through its own unique characteristics of shape, color and striations. I shape, swirl, loop and tuck the wire with no use of heat, glue or solder, allowing me to artistically express myself. My creative process guarantees that the customer will have their own unique, one-of-a kind treasure. I truly can’t wait to wake up in the morning to begin my day...count my many blessings...put on a pot of coffee…and begin the process all over again.
The Mission ~ Customer Satisfaction
As an artist my mission is to inspire my love of nature and fashion to others through my craft. As a business owner I aim to handcraft wire wrapped jewelry to appeal to different tastes, in different colors, sizes and styles that are affordable and heirloom quality using natural healing gemstones.