Wire Art – Rasta Woman Wall Decor

When I lived in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, I was surrounded by beautiful people with long dreadlocks. Most of them were practicing Rastafarianism, which is a strong religion in the Caribbean. I made a lot of friends and of course I got inspired by them. This wall decor is my interpretation of Dorothy, a beautiful, witty and very courageous women, whom I had the pleasure to meet there.

rasta woman

Dimensions 18″x22″. I used galvanized wire and a few wooden beads, to emphasize the Rastafarian liberation colors. I started with a frame, again free form, I never draw anything on the paper! I let the wire talk to me 🙂 Then I filled in with thinner gauge wire. Here are some more detailed pictures.

work in progress

So… let me tell you the story…

This piece was made in St. Thomas. 100%. I took it with me in New Jersey and displayed it in my gallery here. I also advertise my art pieces online. The funny part of this story is that this piece was purchased ONLINE by an art collector who lives in St. Thomas! How weird is that? Or maybe how cool is that? My Rasta Woman went back home! St. Thomas IS her home. What do you guys think?????

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Wire Art – Lionfish

I’ve been asked recently about my Lionfish Mobile Ornament source of inspiration.

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Here is the story:

Lionfish is a destructive fish. It has poisonous fins, it hurts badly if it stings, it eats other fish and their eggs, especially lobster eggs, so it is a threat for the environment if spread out of control.

I once saw one Lionfish caught in a fisherman’s net in St. Thomas, USVI. I did not have a camera handy to take pics. But my brain certainly photographed the creature. It was as big as my fist, with long, beautiful, colorful fins. It was moving like crazy. My feelings were so strong, I was looking at a rebel 🙂 I immediately associated the Lionfish image with a punk teenager, angry at the whole world.

That image stayed in my head for a while. I stored it naturally. And one day I made her with seed beads and wire.

Wire Art – Goldie – Fish Wire Sculpture 3D

I love being by the ocean, therefore marine life is a big inspiration for me.

This is the largest golden fish I made. Obviously, she is a girl, and I named her Goldie. She is approx. 24″ long, fully three dimensional. At this moment she is displayed in a private medical office specialized in hearing aids. This is where Goldie’s new owner works. I am very happy that people with hearing problems can admire her and, maybe Goldie can fulfill their wishes… besides all, that’s what a gold fish is supposed to do.

Please look closer… she is made with steel wire and lots of aquamarine quartz crystals adorn her. Isn’t she adorable?

goldie

goldie wire art

Goldie

Fish Art

Tutorial – Sea-glass Wire Wrapped Pendant

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a sea-glass pendant using wire. This method will work for any un-drilled stone, any shape, and it will always come out good, trust me. All you need is to pre-made the wire wrapping, and you will learn how to do this right here, right now.

Here is the sea-glass pendant that I made.

seaglass pendant

Materials: a piece of seaglass, wire, pliers and cutters. I used a dark green piece of sea-glass from Nova Scotia and brass wire 22 gauge.

materials

First steps are to cut the wire and prepare the wrapping.

  • You need to cut two pieces of wire, approx. 3 times the perimeter of your stone. My stone is 1.5″ long, my wires are about 10″.
  • Then, you cut 3 shorter pieces of wire, about 3″ each.
  • Wrap the short pieces around the the two long ones, as shown in the picture. Trim and tuck in the ends.
  • Separate the wires, in a diamond shape, as shown.

step 1

Next steps are to make the bail and finish our pendant.

  • Hold tight the pre-made wire wrap, close to the stone, with one hand.
  • Bend two wires and and make the loop.
  • Wrap the other two wires around the loop.

Trim all the four wires to make them even, and coil the ends, as shown.

step 2

Voila! The pendant is finished!
Tighten the coils and press gently the wire wrap close to the stone, and to your liking, of course. Here is the pendant we just made, front and back.

seaglass wire wrapped pendant

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and you will try to make some amazing pendants yourself. I have a few seaglass pieces listed in my store, take a look! VISIT MAGICK STONE store!