It's Ms. Brenda Schweder, everybody! I'm so proud of my talented friend. She invented and manufactures Now That's a Jig and markets it like nobody's business. Her new DVD is essential for anybody who wants to wrangle wire for the first time, but it also provides lots of ideas and insights for people like me who have tried it but haven't spent enough time experimenting with it yet. It has lots of tips and tricks for more experienced wire wranglers, too.
Brenda sweetly gave me a copy of the DVD and one of the jig templates to give away to one lucky US reader. To enter, leave a comment on this blog. You can say anything you want, but I'd love to hear something funny that's happened while you're making jewelry. For example: One time, I spun my bead spinner way too fast, dipped the needle into the bowl, and all of the beads went flying. On camera. During Beads, Baubles & Jewels. At least it wasn't live! Wish we'd kept a blooper reel back then, though.
The ABC's of Wire Wrangling is almost two hours of ideas and inspiration, with tips and for setting up the jig along with working with wire to make repeated shapes and motifs. I especially love Brenda's secrets for making coils and findings. These are ideas you'll use again and again in your jewelry designs. And, although I love the look of steel wire, I'm glad you can use these tricks with other types of wire.
I'll collect comments here for one week from today, then we'll do a random drawing to choose the winner. The DVD/template prize (shown below) will be sent via USPS media mail to one US winner. Happy Friday, y'all!