The importance of learning new techniques… or the importance of coasters.

I just ordered 6 DVDs on wire-wrapping techniques from

For whatever reason, though I’ve been doing wirework for a decade or more, what I know as far as technique hasn’t progressed too much from the first class I ever went to, where I was taught to follow patterns on a WigJig. Now, I’ve since learned to make a couple of different ring patterns (got one out of a magazine; extrapolated the other from a ring I’d bought), and that’s about it. I’ve always WANTED to learn how to wire wrap a cabochon, donut or large bead, and I’ve bought a couple of printed tutorials on the topic, but in the process, I proved something that was true of me as a child, and has apparently remained true into adulthood:

I stink at learning things from a written tutorial.

You can show me how to do something once, in person or on video, and I will be able to do it very well, almost immediately (it’s one of the reasons I’m good with computers; I don’t know HOW they work, I’ve just seen other people fix them. Also, if you’ve seen one Microsoft program, you’ve seen ’em all). But if you make me read step by step instructions, I will invariably mess whatever it is I’m doing up, get frustrated, and stop trying to do it.

So! When the opportunity came along to purchase step-by-step VIDEO tutorials, by someone who does some seriously gorgeous wirework… yeah, I went for it.

Even though I’m supposed to be saving money.

Yes, I’m feeling really guilty about it. And there’s a nagging doubt in my mind that says I’ve just purchased the world’s most expensive drinks coasters; why would this guy create tutorials teaching the competition to do what he makes money doing? That would be foolish, surely?

But… well, I’ll keep you posted.

If you see me suddenly making jewelry with all sorts of nifty wire swirls and coils and such, you know it was a successful purchase.

If not, I’ll have a safe place to put cold drinks.