New Directions in Jewelry Making

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Has it really been nearly a year and a half since I last wrote a post on this blog? It has indeed, and what an eventful seventeen months those have been! We moved into a new apartment last summer, and our new place is so much nicer. I think I might have mentioned before on this blog that my cat, Rose, and I are 100% solar powered. I don’t drink coffee, and I rarely drink tea, so I run on sunlight alone. Fortunately for Rosie and me, our new apartment is flooded with the most glorious light you can imagine from dawn to dusk.

As luck would have it, we found a rare corner unit on an even rarer south face. We have eight large windows that face southeast and southwest. And if that wasn’t enough good fortune, we also have fabulous views of Pike’s Peak from our balcony and our dining room, which is where I do the bulk of my writing these days.

Suffice it to say that Rose and I are supremely happy with our new surroundings. Rose’s days now consist of a well-established routine of following the light around the apartment and napping in the sun. Meanwhile, my days have been filled with the thrills and challenges of building a brand new blog.

The Lilium Bracelet - Design by Sarah Thompson - Crafted by Wendi Reamy of Door 44 StudiosAs I mentioned in my last post, Door 44 Jewelry is dead, but sort of like a Phoenix, Door 44 Studios was born of those ashes. Single-handedly running the small manufacturing company that Door 44 Jewelry was rapidly growing into proved to be wildly incompatible with the demands of my personal life. But I still love making jewelry, and I’m still compelled to be creative. So I’ve taken an entirely different approach to the jewelry business: I’ve switched from full-time jewelry maker to full-time jewelry blogger.

What does that mean, exactly? Well, I still love to design and create jewelry, and I still want to do something productive with my time. So, I’ve made the transition from maker to teacher. Door 44 Studios is, as I like to think of it, the first step in the path toward wire weaving mastery. There I will be sharing free wire weaving patterns and tutorials for all of my original Door 44 Jewelry designs along with all the lessons I learned while running my own jewelry business.

Jewelry makers are notoriously secretive about their processes, which makes it unnecessarily difficult for those who are interested in the craft to break into the field. Well, I’ve decided to change that. So far I’ve shared some useful tips and tricks for product photography and tumbler maintenance. I’ve shared three free wire jewelry tutorials, I’ve pulled back the curtain to reveal my favorite jewelry supply resources, and I’ve reviewed the most recently published wire weaving book. And there is so much more to come!

Door 44 Studios LogoSeriously. My editorial calendar is booked into August so far, and I come up new ideas for blog posts and tutorials every day. Maybe it’s the light in our new apartment, or maybe it’s that spectacular view of Pike’s Peak, but I haven’t felt this inspired in years!

I’m not sure yet what will happen to this blog. It might become the place where I share more personal musings, or I might decide to shutter it completely. I’ll leave it up for the time being while I figure that puzzle out, but this is the last post that I’ll be publishing here for the foreseeable future.

If you’re interested in learning to weave wire, or if you’re a jewelry maker running a small business, I invite you to follow me at Door 44 Studios. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you’ll be among the first to know when I release my latest jewelry tutorials or jewelry business-related blog posts! I’ve also reopened my Etsy shop where you’ll find printable PDF versions of my tutorials and even a few new jewelry pieces now and then. Although making finished jewelry is no longer my primary focus, I will occasionally list pieces for sale — particularly for some of the new designs I have coming up on my editorial calendar.

Finally, thank you so much for joining me on the journey that was Door 44 Jewelry and Beyond Door 44 over the past few years! I sincerely hope that you’ll hop on over to Door 44 Studios so we can continue our journey together. I can think of no better travel companion than you, dear reader.

Cheers!

Wendi

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