More uses for choker forms

March 17, 2009

In the spirit of multipurposing that our “grow your business” project often mentions, we’d like to report on some great uses people have recently invented for Rings & Things’ chokers.

We’ve been seeing some brilliant applications of wire-wrapping to our choker forms.  A number of ideas involve wrapping part or all of the form itself.  This turquoisey design is from Tish:


Another take by Tish on the wrapped-choker idea:


Dawno combined an inspiration from abstract artist Piet Mondrian with choker wrapping:


Melanie at Earthenwood Studios found our choker blank provided a good structure to express her ongoing steampunk inspiration:


At her “A Bead A Day” blog, Lisa wrapped the entire choker form and added a pendant and coordinating bead accents:


In a similar vein, Tish went for a softer feel, designing a loosely ribbon-wrapped choker:

justatish_img_8742 (Tish provides a full, excellent tutorial on making this one!)

How about wrapping wire on some other element of your design?  Dawno beaded the choker form itself, but wrapped the great dangles in this design:


And Lisa made a stunning wire-wrapped focal piece in this choker design:


Another wire-wrapping idea for a focal is this stunning bit of sculpture by Dawno:


Somewhat more minimal wire work is involved in the hammered tendrils dangling from this “Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright” choker by Margot Potter, a.k.a. The Impatient Crafter:


What’s your inpiration for using choker forms?  Share a comment–or even a picture!

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  • Reply justatish March 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

    These are great! Thanks for posting them. There were several I would never have seen if you hadn’t.


  • Reply Dave March 18, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Hi Tish, it’s great to be able to feature some of the inspirations you Blog Partners have been showcasing!

  • Reply Dawno March 19, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I’d just like to mention that it was Margot’s Tiger, Tiger that inspired me to attempt the Mondrian choker, and Tish and Lisa’s work that got me thinking about the wrapping idea that eventually became the wire sculpture with purple beads choker.

    I recently purchased a very special custom dichrotic (is that spelled right?) glass pendant that is on the last of the choker forms all by its self…eventually I plan to embellish the choker and I’m really leaning towards the ‘collage-y’ look of Tish’s ribbon wrap.

  • Reply Dave March 19, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Your acknowledgments are appreciated, Dawno. They help show how our “Blog Partners” have wound up being quite the group, swapping inspirations and challenging each other. It’s very exciting how this has happened!

  • Reply SusanSW March 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Saw chokers just like Dawno’s at the gift shop in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona!

  • Reply Dave March 24, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Hi SusanSW, I can see a Picasso theme working well in this style of choker. Thanks for mentioning it!

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