3D butterfly in wire

August 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Posted in English | 4 Comments
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ButterflyJust finished this 3D free interpretation of the first pattern in “Schmetterlinge” by Ulrike Löhr.

Wingspan 2.5 inch or 8.5 cm. There was a pause when I connected the last wings and I had forgotten how I did the first wings. The body became much thicker with the last method. Next time I would just sling the last pairs of the wings around the gimp of the body and finish them as plaits for the legs. I misunderstood one of the grounds I tried in the front wings. As undoing is hazardous in wire I decided to continue irregular.


Jewelry variations

December 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Posted in English | Leave a comment
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result with double wire of 0,1 mm (38 gauge)

The element could also be used as a charm or pendant, or chain them 3×3 together to follow a recent trend. With beads attached youre fingers hardly feel the cut off ends. However, the clumsy way I attached the beads doesn’t marry well with a knit rollneck. With thick wire the element might reach a scale for a wind chime.

Inspiration came from a background motive in “Tribute to the first people” designed by Anny Noben-Slegers. It appeared to be one of the variants of B7a from “Viele gute Gründe” of Ulrike Löhr.

zoom for pricking / working diagram

With and height are not identical, therefore two diagrams. Choose your own spider or snowflake in the gaps of the diagrams. Reduce the pattern depending on the size of the used yarn or wire and your skills to work with wire.

Sierraad variaties

October 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Nederlands | Leave a comment
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resultaat met dubbel koperdraad van 0,1 mm

Het element zou ook gebruikt kunnen worden als bedel of schakel, of schakel ze 3×3 aan elkaar volgens de laatste trend in oorbellen. Met de kraaltjes eraan voel je met je vingers de eindjes vrijwel niet. Voor tere stoffen (zoals zijden sjaaltjes) zou dat wel eens anders kunnen uitpakken. Met dikker metaaldraad bereikt het element misschien een schaal voor een windgong.

De inspiratie kwam van een achtergrondmotiefje in “Tribute to the first people” van Anny Noben-Slegers. Het bleek ook één van de varianten van B7a te zijn uit “Viele gute Gründe” van Ulrike Löhr.

zoom in voor patroon/werktekening

Breedte en hoogte verschilt iets, vandaar de twee verschillende opzetschema’s. Vul de leemtes in het patroontje in met spinnen of sneeuwvlokken naar keuze. Verklein het patroontje afhankelijk van garen- of draaddikte en afhankelijk van de vaardigheden om met koperdraad te werken.


October 15, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in English | 2 Comments
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In a discussion how to attract younger generations to lace making Katelyn wrote: “teach design along with the lace making itself. No young person I know would be satisfied just knowing how to follow existing patterns, or recreating old lace. Teach what’s needed to modify, combine, and create new patterns, and we will.”

To illustrate modifying, I got inspired by an ancient piece of Torchon posted the other day by Nathalie. I isolated two fragments. Wouldn’t these motives be nice pendants? Replace at least the gimp with wire.

Adapt bobbins for wire lace

January 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Posted in English | 3 Comments
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Starting to wind wire on a bobbin may cause trouble. A hole in the bobbin as shown below may help.

Each bend in wire is a step towards metal fatigue and breaking. With a wider neck, the wire bends less.

Alternatives for the hitch
The usual hitch would mean a lot of repetitive tight bends and is thus a no go. Various solutions for this problem are invented. For example umbrella shaped bobbins, top hooks, side hooks, butterfly clamps (on the left) and mounted sewing machine bobbins like fly fish tying tools and wire pencils.

My favourite solution to tie-off
My favourite design is by Rosemary Shepherd. A variant was spotted in Mirecourt in 2010. My personal variant is shown and discussed below.

Two saw cuts on can be handy when you mistook the winding direction: just turn the bobbin upside down. You could also put two types of wire on a single bobbin for temporal additional storage. There is however a draw back: more cuts where threads can sneak into while they shouldn’t.

Start the saw cut perpendicular as shown above, finish the saw cut with a smooth angle as shown below. The wire thus exits the bobbin with a smooth curve and thus has less chance to weaken due to repetitive movements.

For wire with a diameter of 0.1 mm or more, the finishing of the wood is not very important. For the 0.06 diameter used in my first post, it appeared a smooth finishing is important.

Dragonfly of Ulrike’s “Maikäfer, flieg”

January 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Posted in English | Leave a comment
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dragonflyThe header image of this blog is a fragment of my wire interpretation of Ulrike Löhr’s “Königslibelle” (dragonfly) from her booklet “Maikäfer, flieg”. I did it last summer with wire having a diameter of 0.1 mm (38 gauge) each. The wing length became about 25 cm / 10″.

I worked with doubled wire as I knew from experience that saves a lot of breaking without having to enlarge the pricking significantly. However, Ulrike designed the veins  in the wings as Venetian plaits (1, 2). That appeared to be virtually  impossible. The straight wires inside the plait tend to bend a little which each movement. As this bending occurs frequently at almost the same spot, metal fatigue causes the wire to break. So I kept distance while weaving, but thus the plaits lost their special effect.

The breaking occurred also with the big tallies, but here I could work around the problem by weaving the runner around support pins put almost flat into my pillow. With so little wire inside the weaver, I’m afraid the tallies are very fragile. Nevertheless they still survive though the wing is lying and moved around carelesly.

I consider to (let) make a body of ceramics or glass for a garden sculpture, but the wings failed to carry their own weight. Some day I have to retry again with a thicker wire as gimp on the circumference an within the Venetian plaits.

During the period of this experiment, I happened to capture a real dragonfly which adorns this page.

Wire lace with insect pins

December 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Posted in English | 3 Comments
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necklace clasp part with five droplets Via inheritance (with a warm hand) I received a clasp part of a coral necklace. I don’t like the idea to wear it like my mother used to do, so I did not know what to do with it for a long time. Recently I discovered copper wire of 0.06 mm (42 gauge) thin. Originally meant to wind spools for microphones. The images show an attempt created with doubled wire and wild ground.

Wild ground means: one by one a single and double half stitch with just an insect pin to support the edge. To create the eyelet I ended with four pairs: a cloth stitch with pairs as threads, two plaits and where they meet again a cloth stitch with pairs as threads. On the way back, sew the plaits halfway around the first plaits.

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