Saturday, March 16, 2013

Now that's a Jig!

While I was in Tucson, I had the pleasure of being a couple of booths down from the lovely Brenda Schweder.  You might recognize her from her many books and magazine articles.  She was sharing her new tool: Now that's a Jig!

It's a wonderfully useful tool that allows wire-workers to manipulate the wire easily and without the hassle.  Why don't I let Brenda tell you more about it herself:  CLICK HERE to visit the YouTube video that explains what's included with the Now that's a Jig!

The kit comes complete with everything that you see here!  There was so much stuff that I had a hard time photographing it all.  There are lots of different sizes and shapes to help you achieve your desire project.

I just wanted to start playing around. I didn't have an idea in mind already. I just started to place the different sized pegs in a pattern that looked pleasing to the eye and played!

If you'd rather not blindly go about it, Brenda has some handy projects online that are available for download for FREE!  CLICK HERE to take a look at them.  (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

It's perfect for making your own earwires, wire toggles, eye pins, and wire components like swirling pendants.

And here's the result!  An owl!  (Or a bat... depending on how you look at it.)  Let's just call it a creature of the night.  It's actually two pieces that have been wired together.  I used copper wire for the base of the design and then used a finer gauge bronze wire to connect the loose points.  I then added some vintage German glass for the eyes!

It was a lot of fun and I will definitely work with it again.  CLICK HERE to visit Brenda's Etsy page to find out more and to purchase your own Now that's a Jig! And if you'd like to keep up to date with what Brenda is doing with this fabulous tool, CLICK HERE to like her Facebook page.

1 comment:

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

That looks like it could be addictive, Andrew... good on you for foregoing the "instructions". Your owl/bat is a cutie!