When I went to Spark last fall, one of the classes needed jewelry tools and when I got home, I was itching to use them again. My long term goal is to be able to make my own beaded charms and metal creations for mixed media quilting... but that's a dozen skills away from reality.
So I've been buying little bibs and bobs as they draw my attention and decided to try something simple - the loop. In the end, I made a bracelet and earrings to match a favorite dress.
You should have seen all the blood! I'd try to bend the wire left, it springs right and stabs me. Not pretty. Even typing hurts a little due to four fingers and two thumbs full of cuts and stabs.
But it's worth it though. I loved wearing my new jewelry and have a tremendous respect for people who make a hobby of wire work - scary stuff, not for the faint of heart.