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Monday, October 27, 2008

Friends Making Earrings

Several friends from our neighborhood got together Sunday to make earrings. I am always amazed at the wonderful creativity that these friends express with their remarkable earring creations. Two of the ladies were new to the group and had never picked up a pair of jewelry pliers or a headpin, but they shined with their designs and finished earrings. One friend wanted a pair of hoops. Since I was teaching a basic introduction earring class we were using ear wires and headpins. I quickly put on my wire wrapping hat. I had to switch gears in my head. I took a length of 20 gauge wire and wrapped it around a spice jar. This was work hardened with the rawhide hammer. The wires were then cut the same as for jump rings, only these were huge. A quick loop was made on one end. My friend loaded it with the beads she wanted and then another loop was made on the other end of the hoop. These 2 loops were connected with a jump ring and then to the ear wire.

I learned a lot by teaching this class. I should say I always learn a lot from teaching a jewelry class. The students always have an idea or question that I need to come up to the plate to answer or create.

As you can see from the picture we all had a great time. Lots of friendship, food and I think we ended up with more than 25 pairs of earrings.

Sadie was very attentive and kept a close watch out on all the activities. By the end of our class she was very tired and had to rest on her pillow.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Nina's Earrings

I made these for my loving friend Nina, The Goddess of the West. She sent me a picture of a pair Swarovski earrings that were similar to these and hinted for me to make them for her. I kept procrastinating, and with good reason, those Swarovski 6mm bicones are each individually wrapped and then strung through a 2mm sterling silver linked chain, and finally the easy part was to attach them to sterling ear wires. There are 19 crystals on each earring and they hang about 2 1/2 long. They are very very bling. I 'might' make myself a pair for the upcoming holidays.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Herringbone Weave Again and Again

Saturday I took yet another herringbone wire weave class. I hope to one day master this technique. In the meantime I'll keep practicing.
This one is made from sterling silver wire, including all the jump rings and the clasp. The beads are 10 mm glass that are dyed in jewel tones.
I plan on oxidizing this bracelet. When I do I'll put a before and after picture up on the blog so you can see the comparison. The oxidizing can really change the appearance of a jewelry item.