In 2005, after leaving the corporate training (B.S. in information systems) and elementary teaching world, I found Mother Earth's unique designs of semi-precious stones drawing me to create settings to adorn their beauty.
Argentium sterling silver or 14K gold-filled square wires provides the medium by being meticulously aligned and intricately held together by half-round wire.
Styles vary as satin smooth wires provide a more conservative look and twisted wires a more Victorian look.
To add more precision, I twist paired wires in the opposite directions, creating a chevron pattern. Those wire ends become my artist's palate for creating whatever spirit directs.
The results complement the beauty of the stone, along with delighting and enhancing the beauty of the wearer.
Being a rock enthusiast provided incentive to learn more about Mother Nature's creations. I have hundreds of hours of classes, DVD study, online training and workshops.
I have been commended for the quality and beauty of my work, both from online professionals and by master jewelers. My mentor is Dale "Cougar" Armstrong, internationally known artist, writer, trainer and Jewelry TV star.
My art also can be seen in Floral City, Ocala, and Gainesville. Besides creating elegant necklace-earring sets, bracelets, rings, and earrings, I teach basic wire sculpture classes.
Buy Lynda's Work
Planned for Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until finished). Instructor: Lynda Ryan. Cost: $35, plus $25 to instructor for materials.
Supplies will be provided by instructor, but if you have your own tools, please bring them. (Instructor has some extra tools but sharing them may extend the class length.) Tools needed: Flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers, Flush or close cutters. Each student will make a bracelet -- cross-over style or plain from square silver-filled wire with half-round wire bindings and beads of your choice. Written instructions are in the kits to take home. There will be a selection of beads to choose from. Samples of the bracelet styles are in the gallery.