Sunday, October 5, 2014
All That Wire
The first thing you have to figure out is what hole the wire needed to go into so it cuts the plastic but doesn't nick the wire. It's a bit tricky and some wire is sacrificed while trying to find the sweet spot.
This is one of the holes with the blade hanging down. Once the wire is sent through the machine the plastic should easily come off but that isn't always the case.
Here's Dave with a big bin of wire. I can't even begin to lift it. He was out in the garage for over 5 hours stripping wire for me. The whole reason for this post is to show you that it would be easier to just purchase wire but I love the idea of my jewelry having a past and a beautiful future. Right now copper wire is running $15.00 a pound and when I figure out the amount of time he spent and the cost of the tool it would be cheaper to just purchase it. Even after it's stripped I still have to untwist the wire so the single strands can be used and sometimes it has to be pickled to clean off the grime.
At the show this weekend I got the same sticker shocked customers I always do and I think they believe my jewelry should be cheaper because I use recycled wire but it takes a whole lot more work to use than simply purchasing wire from a supplier. I want to thank everyone for the continued support for artists who use recycled materials and I want to remind you all about the effort it takes to make pretty things out of the ugly mess that's on my garage.