Saturday, April 21, 2007

Fiddlesticks Friday!


People liked the last pins I posted, so here are a few more.
This one here is just another version of the one with the blue bead. I think I may redo the top part, which looks a little - open. What say you folks?





These three I made from the same pattern. For the one with the dangle, I ran out of wire, so the pin is smaller but if you look carefully you can see what part of the design I did use.


For the one with the beads, well, I put beads as I bent the wire. The original in the book had beads. They were different beads, and it looked much better than this. Ah well, you have to try to learn.





This one follows the pattern pretty well, except that the pattern had some beads on it, which this does not, and this one has been textured with the hammer, which the original had not.





I bent all of these on a jig. What I did was take my jig, which is cheap and plastic and from the local craft store, and put a paper with the traced design over it. Then I tried to put pins in at appropriate places to make the bends. I could only get close, but still, they're OK.


This actually relates to my Hogwarts sock project as well. We have to send stitch markers with the sock. I was thinking...look at the one with the dangle. Is that dangle not, pretty much, a stitch marker? Couldn't I make a pin like this, and hang the stitch markers from it, so that she could either use them as decoration or just whip them off the pin and use them while she was knitting? Patternworks sold a pin like that years ago, but much simpler...rings on a big safety pin idea...

And this is Fiddlesticks Friday because it is actually yesterday's post. The camera software was being strange and not letting me find things, and other junk. This is not to be confused with Shawl Saturday, which will be up later...

Oh - picture of my Wren -- also on Junior Godess's blog...

5 comments:

Lisa W. said...

wow T, had no idea what a jewelry making artist you were....word artist yes, knit artist yes....jeweler...nope...didn't know. Those pins are great! Makes me want to try hammering some wire and digging around in my bead box...hmmmm....will one of these be your wren closure? I'm trying to figure out what I want to close mine with....it's all done but the seaming and collaring :) have a great day!

Grace Yaskovic said...

I absolutley adore your pins, they are fantastic!!!!! Prices, lady prices, and we will be snatching them up!!!

smariek said...

Wow, you are a busy girl with knitting AND pins...

Lesley said...

Great pins, T! And your wren is looking good. Now why is the bottom of some of the Wren's flipping up and not others?
Les

Joan said...

Very cool pins! I took silver-smithing classes for a few years as a hobby and it was very gratifying, albeit very expensive. I sold all my tools years ago but wish I had kept some of them. Oh well. Will watch your progress on your pins.