Today we are thrilled to help designer Cindy Wimmer celebrate the release of her new book, The Missing Link! I had the pleasure of interviewing Cindy this week. Read about her process, tips for working with wire and why art beads and wire are the perfect marriage.
Cindy - the book is amazing. I'm so inspired by the open ended possibilities of using all these interesting links and components in my jewelry.
What is your go-to link from the book - the one you find sneaking it's way into your designs again and again?
It would have to be the Corona link. Would you believe, it was the very first of the 30 links that I made for the book. The Corona link incorporates coils, one of my favorite wire elements. It looks complex but is surprising easy to reproduce consistently and looks great with any mix of metals.
Can you share one tip that will greatly improve someone's wire working skills?
It’s been said many times before, but practice really makes all the difference in the world. I highly recommend purchasing an inexpensive roll of copper wire, say 18 gauge, and practice a link until it looks just so. Also, more often than not, it is better to go with one gauge thicker than you planned to use. A link generally needs a heavier gauge wire to hold its shape and to be a sturdy connector.
What is one tool you consider a guilty pleasure and one a necessary investment?
There is one “tool” that may be seen as both a guilty pleasure and an investment all in one! That tool is the tumbler, hands down. Do you absolutely need one to make wire links? No. However, a tumbler can really help to set your wire jewelry apart. It offers many benefits that I find it indispensible: It softens tool marks, polishes the metal, and most importantly, helps to work-harden the links.
You have so many unusual links that I've never seen before like the Lightbulb and Over-Under link. Are they the result of planning and sketching or just pulling out the wire and seeing what you can create?
I rarely sketch. My planning is all hands-on. I develop ideas by looking through my bowls of practice and experimental links – often times I see something that inspires me. I also like to play around with the wire with trial and error – one twist or turn leads to another and next thing you know, a link is formed.
There are art beads on the book cover and sprinkled throughout the projects. What are your tips for combining art beads and wire links?
When you are investing in a jewelry design by using art beads, handmade components further add to the appeal and beauty. Wire links can elevate a design in a way that commercially produced components cannot. You’ll want to check the size of the bead hole and be sure your wire gauge is not too thick. When using a heavy gauge wire, use caution so as not to chip the inside hole of ceramic or lampwork beads. Finally, consider the thickness of the wire and size of the link are to scale to the art beads used.
Thank you for sharing with our community today Cindy!
Thank you for the opportunity to share my passion for wire with the the ABS readers!
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