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5 Questions with Reader's Choice winner Mary Drayer

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DARK SHADOWS, a bracelet designed by Mary Drayer of Inkster, Michigan, was voted the winner of our READER'S CHOICE AWARD for the Facet Design Challenge for February 2017.

 

The theme was SHADOWS: Spring is getting closer, the sun is in a new place in the sky and shadows fall on the melting snow. The groundhog peeks his head out to investigate, but the woods still lay bare and silent, waiting for renewal. A shadow, a two-dimensional silhouette: blocking the light yet casting a lovely outline. The mood is eerie and quiet as the dark and the light battle for their rightful place. 

 

Mary, a retired bookkeeper from Inkster, Michigan, described her intricate, wire-wrapped piece in such a lovely way:


"In the misty cold night, with the moonlight casting the dark shadows, stands one of the most interesting, precise designs. Its sleek curves, jet crystal and woven body is just enough to enhance, grasp, and outline anyone's wrist.

Under the moonlight, its crystal will twinkle and guide you through the night. "

 

We were happy to talk to Mary about her jewelry making.

HOW DID YOU LEARN TO MAKE JEWELRY?

I started by teaching myself how to string, then bead weaving, but then found my true love, viking knit weave, wirework, and then wire weaving.  I do have some books, and I purchased magazines whenever I ran into questions -- but really, all through trial and error. This is a hobby for me, and I do enjoy entering into contests.  I have been making wire jewelry for about eight years.

WHAT STYLE OF JEWELRY DO YOU MAKE?

 

I make Viking Knit weave and wire-woven jewelry. I love Victorian style pieces as well. My design esthetic is a combination of intricate wire work with crystals and gemstones to enhance its beauty.  My favorite materials to use in my work are Artistic Wire, Swarovski crystals, gemstones, Czech glass beads, glass beads, and I am new to steel wire! I basically love them all. 

 

THE GOOFIEST/MOST EMBARRASSING MISTAKE THAT YOU EVER MADE? 

Hmmm... that would be using a heavy hand when working with wire. Tool marks can ruin a piece in a hurry, and especially when you did not catch it.  

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WHAT IS YOUR WORKSPACE LIKE?

Since I live in an apartment, my workspace is my kitchen table and has been for eight years. I have a task lamp, some books and magazines, some containers of crystals and beads, and naturally lots of wire!  Here's a picture of my disarrayed work space.

I always have my computer on Pandora playing my favorite stations, a cup of coffee in my travel mug, and naturally, my tools: Roundnose, bentnose, snippers, flatnose.  

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU’VE EVER BEADED? 

 

When I went to my father's doctor visits and surgery appointments when he was still living. I wish my father and mother were still living to hear and see that I won this contest -- they were my first fans of my jewelry making. But I am positive they are looking down with admiration. I find inspiration for my work in the reactions of friends, and  family. It inspires me to continue to work, develop, and grow as an upcoming wire artist.

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

 

What is next for me is your next contest so I can enter one of my new designs! I am currently working on earrings that I had learned how to make with Lisa Barth's book Timeless Wire Weaving. Fantastic book for the beginner wire weaver like myself.  

 

I publish my projects on my Facebook wall. We all have a place we come from, and there has been great improvement in eight years, if I say so myself, lol! 

 
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