For a long time now, I’ve had a desire to create jewelry. I’ve tried a few different things but nothing ever felt right. I don’t even remember how it started but since moving to the west coast of Canada, my husband and I have started collecting “pretty” rocks that we find when we are out by the ocean or river, just for fun, because they were pretty.
Then I learned that I can do something called wire wrapping which is a process of wrapping them with wire and the end result is a pendant or other piece of jewelry. I found “my thing”! I took an evening class to learn the basics of wire wrapping and get over my fear that this is too hard for me to do. I have watched lots of YouTube videos on techniques, and continually scour Pinterest for inspiration and ideas on a regular basis.
I’m still very new at this, but loving every minute of it. We go out often to look for rocks/stones/gems. I have no idea what they are, but I look for something that will be pretty when it’s wrapped in wire.
I’ve also just learned that looking for and collecting rocks is called rock hounding and it’s a real thing, with lots of people doing it. There are clubs to attend where you can learn about rocks and meet people and take part in group digs or trips. We are getting involved with some local clubs, will be attending rocks shows and learning how to process our finds ourselves.
This is something that I feel that we can easily do as a family. Our 4 year old daughter LOVES to be outside and in or near the water. Most of the stones we have collected so far have been outside and in or near the water, so a huge win for her!
My husband is very artistic and creative. He has also worked for several years as a stone mason helper. His job in this venture will be to process the stones for me. Currently we have a rock tumbler. Eventually we want to get a hold of a rock cutter and maybe even a polisher – or find a group that allows us to use that equipment.
My job will be to take those polished pieces and wire wrapping them into a beautiful pendant or necklace. I hope that when people wear a piece, they see the beauty that I see. I hope that people will appreciate the entire process as we appreciate and enjoy the process as a family. And mostly, I hope that people are willing to pass my name along to friends and family so that more and more people can share in a piece of my passion.
All of the individual pieces that are listed on DReber Designs are for sale, unless otherwise noted. If you see something that you want, send me a message and I will give you the details. When I post a piece for sale, you with notice that my description might not be very detailed, and I’m okay with that. I don’t really care what the stone is called, I care that it looks pretty and that someone would purchase it and enjoy wearing it as much as I’ve enjoyed the entire process of creating it. As we learn more about what stone names are, I may (or may not) include them in my description.
In the short amount of time that I’ve been doing this, I’ve seen some amazing wire wrapping projects. I am still at a very basic level, but will be working towards a more intricate and detailed wire wrapping look.
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PS: One of my dreams is to, one day, load up a camper and travel through North America with my family meeting all the wonderful people that I’ve met and become friends with on social media. I would love to put you on the map! Please connect with me and let’s start a friendship.