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5 questions with Challenge winner Anette Gomez

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We're pleased to spotlight one of the winners of our KALEIDOSCOPE Challenge, Anette Gomez. She sent in this DRUZY TRIO BRACELET, featuring three simply stunning multi-colored stones wrapped onto leather. So organic! 
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My name is Anette Gomez, I am a barista at Aspen Street Coffee and a local artisan, living in Fruita, CO. I consign wire jewelry and various other crafts at The Vintage Common Store. I try to incorporate upcycled items in many of my creations. Wire working is a special hobby of mine. I started creating jewelry pieces about five years ago to sell on consignment, and I also like creating custom pieces of jewelry for friends and family.

HOW DID YOU LEARN JEWELRY-MAKING?

I am a self-taught wireworker. I have learned wire-working techniques from internet videos and Pinterest. 

Trial and error is a common occurrence in wire working. I still find myself remaking wire jewelry pieces until I feel that it looks just right. My favorite wire to work with is dark annealed steel wire. It is inexpensive so if your first piece of wire jewelry doesn’t turn out like you envisioned it, you can retry to make it without feeling guilty for wasting the wire. Even though you can purchase dark annealed steel wire at a low cost you can still create jewelry pieces that look high-end, but at an affordable price.

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WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN ESTHETIC?

I like to create jewelry that is trending in fashion. When inspiration strikes, you will find me making minimalist to over-the-top, statement pieces of jewelry.

 

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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MATERIALS TO USE IN YOUR WORK?

My all-time favorite material to use is dark annealed steel wire, stainless steel wire and silver-plated copper wire. Many of my wire jewelry pieces are made with these types of wire.

 

 

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WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO CREATE?

As strange as this may sound, I like to make wire jewelry on my living room rug. My living room looks like an explosion of tools, wire, beads, jump rings, clasps and chains! My pets like to sit close and watch me work. Especially my cat. She loves playing with scrap wire and rolling beads across my rug.

Coffee and music are also a must when I’m wire-working.

 

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WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

I like to incorporate wire in many crafts. Currently I have been dabbling in making wire signs that you can see in my Etsy store. I like to switch up my hobbies so that I stay interested in them.

WANT TO SEE MORE OF ANETTE'S WORK?

See this bracelet and so much more on Anette's Pinterest page. Her designs were also featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Wirework magazine, and in Wire Jewelry Start to Finish.

 

INSPIRED? Join in the fun by entering one of your own works of art into Facet's next Design Challenge!

For February, we celebrate 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 places. What will emerge from your jewelry-making in February? 

Any time between February 2-22, 2017, you can submit up to two entries and potentially find yourself and your jewelry featured here on Facet!

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