Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Twirly things and pearls

Chapter 8 #1 bought purls.
#2 shows a range of purls mainly made with enamelled wire, fine brass wire and Japanese silver paper yarn, twisted mainly around circular forms, except the one to the top left which i twisted around a hexagonal pen. i found it much easier to use metal shapes otherwise it was fairly impossible to remove them if i had wound them quite tightly.i also found it very therapeutic!
shaped forms, triangular, rectangular and oval, also a tapering one which i repeated along the length top right. in the background is a fine silver wire purled around a ruler.
some with two colours twisted around each other before twisting again, one in the front with fluorescent fishing line and silver wire. then going clockwise cut strip of brass mesh purled, fishing line and wire with loops sticking out, using wire and sequin waste cut and twisted, top left silver wire encapsulated between plastic bag and twisted. then more sequin waste pieces and crocheted silver wire. more silver wire with loops and tunnocks tea cake wrapper. in the centre are purls made from computer cables which are embedded in plastic.
tools of my trade! ancient metal files, wooden beading, crochet hook, nib holder, perspex rod, pen tweezers and ruler
finally i liked the crocheted one so much i did an extended version here in #6 and 7
i think i have missed one out so it will come in next posting!


  1. These are smashing - I really like the green one and all the triangular ones. I am useless at fiddly things like this so don't think I will be able to match you but I am at least inspired to try!

  2. I just love the crochet pieces and the 'tools of your trade', so nice to see what other people use, this set of samples looks very exciting.
    Just trying to remember what mod you're on .

  3. Hi :-)
    I found your blog through Google, on a search related to the new Goldwork book - "Goldword - Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration" by Hazel Everett.
    She has LOTS of suggestions for curling metal threads, and also lots of interesting ways of combining them in other ways as well. I thought you might be interested in giving the book a look-see if you haven't already seen it.
    Best regards :-)