2008-05-10

Subject: Eni Oken's Jewelry Site: April 2008

Eni Oken's Jewelry Site: April 2008
Hi Everybody! These are the topics for this month’s newsletter:

WOVEN HEARTS TUTORIAL
UPDATE ON SITE REVAMP
BEADCRUISE 2009 
WHAT GAUGE TO USE FOR WOVEN PIECES? 
COPYRIGHTS SIGN ON PHOTOS
THE UNDERLYING DESIGN STRUCTURE
STRINGING WIRE
WIRE: DEAD SOFT OR HALF HARD


WOVEN HEARTS TUTORIAL
After the post of the Heart of Gold pendant, I got flooded with so many requests to finalize the tutorial that I decided to sit for two days and finished it off. So here it is!!!! I had to repeat some of the photographs to figure out the bail portion, but now it's done and ready.
The best part of writing this tutorial was that it was almost like writing a beautiful love letter, especially steps 52 (connecting the two hearts) and step 53 (open up the two hearts). With love theme music in the background, it was a wonderful project to make...
http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/wovenhearts-058.html 


UPDATE ON SITE REVAMP
The major site revamp I’ve mentioned several times is going very well. The graphics designer just finished the web design and logo. The team is avidly working so that we can hopefully have the first launch on June or at the most July. I’ll keep you posted!


BEADCRUISE 2009 
My only live classes are always on the Ocean!!!
BeadCruise is going to happen again, and I can't wait to set sail again....
When: March 1 - 8th, 2009
For more information go to: http://www.beadcruise.com/ .
Hurry hurry, because registration starts VERY SOON (I heard May 12th, or even earlier) and my classes fill up soon! 


WHAT GAUGE TO USE FOR WOVEN PIECES? 
Question: I have a [woven] bracelet design I've been working on. I've chosen 16 gauge for the support. It will be about 3/8 in. wide. I'm unsure what gauge to use for the weaving. I've thought about going as high as 22 or 21 ga. ... the bracelet needs to be sturdy. Do you have any advice on wire ga. and how to harden it afterwards, if neccessary? Not sure if something with a weave like this should go in a tumbler.
http://www.enioken.com/journal/2008/05/what-gauge-to-use-for-woven-pieces.html 


COPYRIGHTS SIGN ON PHOTOS
Question: I like how you put a copyright sign and your name on all your pictures. Could you tell me the program you use to do this, and how you do it?
http://www.enioken.com/journal/2008/04/copyright-sign-on-photos.html 


THE UNDERLYING DESIGN STRUCTURE
I received an email with such an interesting question that I thought it worth to post in its entirety. I've been waiting for someone to ask me this one... Essentially asking how to design pieces – check out this *very long* post for some design tips… 
http://www.enioken.com/journal/2008/04/underlying-design-structure.html 

STRINGING WIRE
Question: 
I have a quick question, do you use soft flex or wire when you make the necklace portion of your designs? If wire, what gauge? Thanks
http://www.enioken.com/journal/2008/04/question-i-have-quick-question-do-you.html 

WIRE: DEAD SOFT OR HALF HARD
Question:
I've just bought a couple of your fab jewellery tutorials but I'm not sure that I've bought the right silver wire. Would you mind advising me please?
Is the 18 gauge wire hard or half-hard?
Is the 26 and 28 gauge soft or dead soft please? 
http://www.enioken.com/journal/2008/04/wire-dead-soft-or-half-hard.html 


:-)
Have fun!!!
Eni Oken

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