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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.