I did a jewelry bench clean up a few days ago and found a few random bits and pieces that I thought would make good earrings. It has been awhile since I have made any jewelry, and although it is my true love and always in the back of my mind, I find it hard to make happen on a regular basis for a variety of reasons. And although I have had people ask if I have a shop set up or sell at craft fairs, the answer right now is no. Mostly because I’m not in a position to produce items on even a semi-regular basis, or spend enough time on a shop to do it right (and I want to do it right!) So for now, most of the jewelry I make is either for me, or family and friends 🙂
I really prefer to make my own ear wires (so very easy) and I found a tutorial that made the process even easier (file under: why didn’t I think of that!?!) Once I craft the ear wires I like to flatten the top of the curve out with a few hammer taps. I think they are more comfortable that way, and I like the finished look that the hammering gives. You can see the hammered effect fairly well in the second photo.
Both pairs feature some left over chain from another project. The first pair of earrings dangle some small wire circles I made by wrapping wire around a mandrel and then cutting it with the jewelry saw. This pair is destined for a friend (although she does not know it yet!) The bottom pair has some copper charms I cut of of some manufactured chain I bought eons ago to make a bracelet. They originally had loops on top and bottom, but a snip with some heavy duty wire cutters and a little filing eliminated the bottom loop. I really like the silver/copper contrast.
To make these I played with: Sterling silver wire and chain, copper charms