I should have been born second.
In all the books I read, it was always the second sister who looked up to and admired her fabulous, amazing older sister. Of course, some of the time these older sisters were horrible and shallow, but I didn't pay attention to that. I just wondered what I was doing wrong. I didn't see anything fabulous about me, and I wished I was more like my younger sister.
That doesn't seem to have ended.
The other day I was talking to her on the phone and she said she needed to buy a mandrel because she'd been making rings - wire-wrapped rings - and was having a hard time getting the sizes right.
Wire wrapped rings?
I wanted to make rings, too!
So I found some online tutorials and bought a mandrel and some (more) wire and (more) beads and started in.
I made four small rings that I thought Julia might like.
She did...at first. And then she didn't, so I cut them up to retrieve the beads, and tried over.
I made a couple rings and gave them to a friend of mine at work. I like the pink one - it's made with pale pink copper wire, too, which I'm in love with.
And then I tried making some rings with old buttons, too. That first ring at the top of the post is made using a small mother-of-pearl button from somewhere - I've got a bunch of assorted buttons in a can.
Here's how it looks like underneath:
Julia said she likes this one, so it's hers. It certainly isn't perfect, but I'm still at the low end of the learning curve, so that's okay.
I also made this one from an even smaller satin-covered button:
Julia chose the gunmetal-colored copper wire. I think she chose well.
Anyway, that's one of the latest little creative endeavors here. I've still got a lot of work to do to make the rings look really good, but rings are quick projects, and they're fun.
Have you been up to anything new lately?