I call shenanigans. Shenanigans on all of that nonsense! Boo to anyone who would belittle the dedication and craft of others, no matter what form that craft takes. The creative community should be in the business of lifting one another up, not tearing each other down. So I'm busting out with this: Wire wrap all the stones. Wire wrap everything. Take apart soldered commercial jewelry just to wire wrap it (come on, I can't be the only one who has done this). Wire wrap and love it, because it's beautiful and you worked hard at it, and it took you months or years to learn it, to find your voice. Or you're still discovering your voice and that deserves love too!
I love working with metal. I love hammering. I still hate soldering, but I totally love form folding and cold forging. Taking your work into new worlds is a beautiful gift to give yourself. But you definitely don't owe the world an investment in soldering and torch work! And no one has a right to make you feel inferior because you've chosen not to tackle those techniques, or can't afford to, or just don't care. Because your work is worth something now matter what it entails, beyond the heart you invest in it.
So wire wrap away! Wire wrap to your hearts content. Wire wrap until you're blue in the face and then wire wrap some more. Because it's beautiful and inspirational and it's fun and nothing else matters.
Happy weaving my amazing friends. Weave and wrap and the rest be damned.