Always remember what I'm working with ...
Most of my jewelry is made from wire. Some softer than others; meaning some gauges are "dead soft" material and others can be "half hard" wire. I use the dead soft for mostly wiring beads and creating links and some wire beads. I now have quite the assortment of various wires in various gauges and metals. I am now including jewelers brass (which has more the appearance of fine gold). My main reason for writing this post is to remind you that if anything you order may bend out of shape, because in the end it is made with wire. BUT the good news is that it is made of wire! Because what bends out of shape can always be bend back into shape. So don't fear. My hooks are all made with half hard wire and are made to last. If the hooks are hammered they have been strengthened and should absolutely not bend out of shape. But again, don't be afraid to bend something back; wire is pretty malleable.
Just because I mention this in here does not mean that all my jewelry will bend out of shape. This post is strictly a word of advise if you will. To not freak out "if" something should bend out of shape. If you should have an "accident" and let's say your piece is completely undone, please contact me and send me a picture of the piece. I'm always willing to fix any of my products for a nominal fee and a small shipping fee.
In ending I'd like to add, that I am always amazed what can come of one piece of wire. The fun I have creating with wire and lately I've been adding sheet metal. I am excited about the new opportunities that come along using sheet metal. To me this is an unending learning process and I experiment on a daily basis. If you could see the pieces that don't make it up here you'd be amazed. I realize I'm way too hard on myself and my standards are off the charts, but I like quality and beauty. I wear a lot of my own pieces and even my mother is giving up on her "real" diamond jewelry and is wearing my jewelry only. She cracks me up because she wants even the pieces that don't make it up here.
I want you to be at ease ordering and enjoying your treasures from WPR Jewelry, that even if something should happen and you could not bend it back or are afraid to, you can contact me and I can guide you through it or you can send the piece back to me to fix it. No worries is what I want to convey here.
Our dreams can come true ... and they do!
It has been a dream of mine, to wake up whenever my body is ready, start the day with ease and walk right into my office/shop/studio and work on something that I love. I've been obsessed throughout my life trying to figure out what "that thing" could be. I realized I have many talents, mostly around crafting things, but I thought I was also pretty business savvy. I started many different projects and spent a little pile of money on what I thought was "it", such as Massage Therapy. I was an awesome massage therapist, but it was physically too involved for my body. I spent most of my life in office support roles, my education is not the highest but I've gotten by mostly with common sense and an untapped intelligence. I've gone through a lot of temp agencies and in the end engineering consulting firms as a means to stay somewhat flexible as far as my time is concerned. I worked in large companies for many important projects, such as Y2K Project at Gap Headquarters in San Bruno, CA for about one year. The project obviously went without a glitch :) we all remember that night. The only New Years Night I had to ever work.
My last 10 years or so were dedicated to Biotech companies, such as Genentech, Novartis, Bayer to name a few. My hourly wage for not having a higher education was at $35 p/hr in the end, which is not to shabby for someone like myself. Having immigrated to the US and into CA in 1990, it's been a long road to where I am today.
Today, my dream has come true! I'm living what I always wanted to do. And I discovered it sort of by "accident" (though to me there are no accidents). My husband, who is from Egypt, went home to visit family and came back with a necklace, which I thought he bought, and it was ... WOW ... too much for my taste. Too many beads in such a small necklace. It had probably 4 strands with beautiful beads and end caps and spacers and the clasp has 24 rhinestones and it was like a Christmas tree. It was hard to focus if you looked at it; simply too much for me. So I threw it into a drawer and it stayed there for years.
One day, as I was re-furnishing the "guest room" (now my studio), this necklace surfaced again and this time I took a scissor to it and opened up for all the beads to go into one bowl. I was astounded by how gorgeous these beads where. The ones with the bead end caps were even more stunning without them. To make a long story short, the necklace was my first piece that I re-strung if you will and from one ugly necklace, which by the way, turned out to be my husbands mothers necklace (ugh), but I made 3 simply breathtaking necklaces, which I can either wear all together or separate as necklace and bracelet (wrapped around a few times) I also made matching earrings. So I am very pleased with the outcome of this once "ugly duckling" to now a stunning "swan".
It was not too long ago, maybe a year ago that I started the Lapidary work and the wire weaving started in Dec 2016. I'm a fast learner when I like something. And not just did I like it, I loved it. Now every day is a choice of fun projects for me. Nothing stifling, no rules (except to do better then yesterday), I get to be home with my animals and husband. I'm not looking back anymore but only forward.
All I wanted to express with this post is, that our dreams really do come true. Don't stop dreaming and believing that all our dreams can come true. It may be a while and in the end you forgotten what you dreamed about but just about than that it all falls into place.
Peace and Love ...
Sabina Gadallah | Author
I'm not a writer but I have learned a thing or two and I can type. Please let me know if you have similar experiences. I will also appreciate any feedback. Muah, yours truly ... Sabi