Wire Wrapped Jewelry and Tutorials by Mei


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Wire Jewelry - Wire Wrap Rose Studs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just a pair of simple wire wrapped rose studs.
Used 22g stainless steel wire.

This is an easy project.
If you'd like to DIY, the tutorial is available here.

Wire wrapped rose studs by WireBliss

▼The earhooks is slightly different from my earlier rose earrings.
Wire wrapped rose studs by WireBliss

▼Ready to ship :)
Wire wrapped rose studs by WireBliss


Back to Jewelry, Some Sparkly SC Bracelets

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For the last few weeks I have not been very productive with my wire jewelry. There are few project ideas in the head but somehow time is not on my side, as usual 

Completed several commissioned pieces. Here's one of them - wire wrapped Swarovski Crystal bracelets. All of them wire wrapped with gold filled wire. Look simple enough but took me about 45 minutes to complete each.
That's roughly about 15 hours of work.
Wire wrapped swarovski crystal bracelet by Wirebliss - colorful

Wire wrapped swarovski crystal bracelet by Wirebliss - pink

Wire wrapped swarovski crystal bracelet by Wirebliss - on wrist

Associate link - hover your mouse over the picture below.
A book by Deryn Mentock.


Then, there is the wire wrapped stud earrings.
This time around is a tiger eye.
Wire wrapped tiger eye studs by WireBliss

Wire wrapped tiger eye studs by WireBliss

You can make this yourself.
The step by step tutorial is available at my shop, click *here* (direct download).

And down here is a book by Abby Hook another fellow wire wrapper.
Hover your mouse over the picture.


Happy wrapping!
Hope to be wire wrapping more in the coming weeks.

Bako National Park, Kuching - Part 2

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The highlight of the trip was the Jungle Trekking. We picked Jalan Lintang (Lintang Trail), a 5.8 km trail that took us about 4 hours to complete.

Basically it is a loop trail going up Bukit Tambi, located behind the Park HQ.
It is the best trail to see most of the vegetation types found at Bako NP.
Not forgetting the rare Proboscis Monkeys which is endemic to Borneo.

Lintang Trail

Start of Trekking Lintang Trail - WireBliss
▲The start of Lintang Trail, climbing all the way for about 1 hour plus.
Wooden walkway and steps along the way.
Lintang Trail @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲We encountered lots of root steps like the above picture and several large rocks.
Lintang Trail @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲Almost at the summit, the beginning of flatter climb.
The Park HQ is down there somewhere. 
Lintang Trail @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲No worry about getting lost.
Signboards, resting place and maps are strategically located along the way.
Lintang Trail Heath Forest @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲The Heath Forest of Bako National Park. Dry and rocky area.
Lintang Trail Heath Forest @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲Root steps of the Heath Forest.
Lintang Trail Heath Forest @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲Some sections are sandy and relatively flat. William can't wait to be back at the HQ.
Lintang Trail Mangrove Forest @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲The mangrove forest. We spotted a group of Proboscis Monkey here.
Lintang Trail Mangrove Forest @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲Ahhh... so tired!!
Lintang Trail Mangrove Forest @ Bako NP - WireBliss
▲Finally we reached the coast just as the sun was setting.
Bako National Park - Sunset - WireBliss
▲Beautiful view of sunset and dead mangrove trees (eerie ya).

Animals of Bako National Park
There are more but these are the animals and plants that we got to see during the trip.
Bako National Park - Proboscis Monkey - WireBliss
▲The Proboscis Monkeys are endemic to Borneo. 
Mangrove forest is their natural habitat and we were lucky to see some near the jetty.
Sorry no front view of the famous nose. Only the back side.
Bako National Park - Bornean Bearded Pigs - WireBliss
▲The Bornean Bearded Pig is a common sight around the Park HQ as well as Forest Lodges.
Looking for food all the time and not scared of human at all. I think they can be the mascot for Bako NP.
Bako National Park - Monkey- WireBliss
▲During the day, we were to keep all windows and doors closed to keep this monkey away.
In the morning while we were having breakfast, they were all around us, "asking for food".
Suggestion to the Park management - install grill on windows, so windows can be left open to let the fresh forest air in. Otherwise, its very stuffy with all windows closed.
Bako National Park - Beetle - WireBliss
▲The boys found this beetle early the next morning but lost it to a hungry monkey.
Bako National Park - Beetle - WireBliss

Bako National Park - insects - WireBliss
▲Some kind of caterpillar and dragon fly.
 
▲A little purple hermit crab.

Plants of Bako National Park

Bako National Park - Moss - WireBliss
 ▲Moss found at the lower and wetter part of the forest.
Bako National Park - Heath Forest - WireBliss
 ▲Heath forest on top of the hill.
Bako National Park -Mangrove Forest - WireBliss
Bako National Park - Mangrove - WireBliss
▲Mangrove forest...wet and dense...habitat for the Proboscis Monkeys.
Bako National Park - Pitcher Plant - WireBliss
▲Lots of pitcher plants, mostly at the Heath Forest. Some almost as big as the 1L mineral water bottle. Others are tiny and cute.
Bako National Park - Red Cherry - WireBliss
▲Some kind of berry.

Rock Formation
We encountered these rock formation at the top of the hill.
Mostly circular shaped.
Not sure if they are naturally formed or otherwise.
Bako National Park - Rock Formation - WireBliss

Bako National Park - rock formation william - WireBliss
Bye Bako NP.
See you again.....in the next few years.

Bako National Park, Kuching-Part 1

Monday, June 30, 2014

This took place exactly a month ago during the Gawai Dayak Holiday. Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated by the Dayaks (Ibans and Bidayuhs) in Sarawak every year on the 1st of June. Read more about Gawai Dayak here.

This year it falls on a Sunday, so we got 2 extra off days on Monday and Tuesday. Since it coincided with the boys' school holidays, we decided to head for Bako National Park (Bako NP). The Park is one of the nearest national parks to Kuching.

It is only about 45 minutes drive from home to Kampung Bako, the gateway to Bako NP and where the Bako NP Terminal is located. From Kampung Bako, we chartered a boat which took about 30 minutes to reach the Park's head quarter.

On the Way to Bako National Park

Bako National Park Terminal - WireBliss
Bako National Park Terminal at Kampung Bako.
Paid for the entrance fee and chartered boat here.
Stuff to bring to Bako National Park Terminal - WireBliss
Our stuff - mostly food stuff :)
At the Terminal Bako National Park Terminal - WireBliss
Henry at the boat jetty/terminal.
This will be his first time on a boat.
Several times we were here before, we just stopped by
to look at the tourists and boats.
Wondering when we would finally take them for a trip....haha
Bako National Park -Chartered boat- WireBliss
Getting ready for the short boat ride. Life jackets are available.
**Camera man balancing act...
Bako National Park -happy faces on the boat- WireBliss
The happy faces!!
The boys' first boat ride.
On the way to Bako NP - WireBliss
View of the Bako River Mouth and Mount Santubong.
Bako National Park -just arrived- WireBliss
Here we are, the Park's Head Quarter

The Forest Lodge and Other Facilities
We checked in to a two-bedroom Forest Lodge for the night stay.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
Our Forest Lodge, Type 4, 2 bedrooms.
A bit old and run down.
The wooden floor makes lots of noise as you walk.
A short (5 minutes) plank walk to our Forest Lodge.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
Our room, three beds and a wardrobe.
Keep all windows and doors closed at all time to avoid unwanted guests.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
Bathroom and toilet. Reasonable. Water piped from the city.
Without hot water of course.
Forest Lodge at Bako NP - WireBliss
This are the other type of Forest Lodge - bigger.
Forest Lodge at Bako NP - WireBliss
Chalets in the jungle.
Forest Lodge Type 4 at Bako NP - WireBliss
A newer Forest Lodge Type 4 which is closer to the head quarter.
Jetty at Bako NP - WireBliss
During high tide, boats can take you to this jetty.
Otherwise, we disembark at the beach, at knee deep water.
Bako NP Map and Trails - WireBliss
Trail Map for visitors to plan for your walk.
Bako NP Map and Trails - WireBliss
More details on the trails and the amount of time required for each trail.
The Beach
Not many people at the beach the next morning.
The boys don't dare to go to deeper water, so they just play at knee deep water for a little while.
Me, I prefer to stay dry, under the shade and be the camera woman :)
Some nice scenery from beach.
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
The only other group of people at the other end of the beach.
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
Sandy but slightly murky water.
Bako National Park Beach - WireBliss
Look at the boys!
They are just standing there and looking. Hai yai yai.....
To be continued....