Thursday, 27 October 2011
I love earrings but have always shied away from making my own hooks until recently when I bought a book* offering a myriad of wire earring ideas. I own a beautiful pair of sterling silver earrings that I bought in Sweden several years ago that consist of a single wire bent in half with a loop at one end from which dangles a tiny silver ball. Inspired by them and guided by the book here are my first entirely-made-by-me earrings!
Take ten centimetres of wire, turn a tiny loop at one end, add some beads, bend the wire at right angles in the middle above the beads then use your fingers to smooth one or both sides into a pleasing curve. Finish off by carefully filing the tip of the wire smooth so it won't tear or scratch your ear. Also ensure that the loops face the same way on each earring, I noticed when photographing this pair that mine don't quite match!
These wires are silver plate as I didn't want to waste any expensive sterling wire but I am so pleased with the result I think I now trust my self to remake them in sterling silver.
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* The book is called 101 Wire Earrings by Denise Peck and is published by Interweave ISBN: 9781596681415
|Pink craft wire coils made on a size 2 knitting needle,|
blue glass beads and "silver" daisy spacers,
all threaded on memory wire with a simple clasp
|Reversible bracelet in right angle weave using creamy glass pearls, |
green crystal rondals and gold seed beads,
overstitched with crosses in god seed beads
|Ready made caged beads joined with twisted wire jump rings |
to create four circles of beads. Two circles were
placed either side of a larger bead as a focal.
|A bracelet stack - four circlets of plastic beads threaded on |
beading elastic with a couple of metal beads to add sparkle.
|Crystal hoops - glass bicones on memory wire. |
The blue and grey one also includes some African seed beads