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Nos. 18, 19, 20 And Summer Is Here

Here they are, some light summery party pairs resting on Coney Island shells.


This pair is my first attempt at using a jig. I got mine at wigjig. Wigjig also features lengthy tutorials on working with wire, including one on how to form the swirly elements. They were originally intended to be bracelet components.


This pair involved some free twirling. I wanted to suspend the bead in the middle of the oval hoop and ended up using a jump ring to hang up the bead.

And last, but not least, some hoops strung with stone chips and seed beads. They strike me as kind of tribal something one of the Flintstone girls might wear.

June 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm 3 comments

No. 17 Chain Maille

I’m intrigued by chain maille. I love the beautiful shapes you can create just by linking rings together. At times, trying to follow a chain maille pattern can be like solving a brain teaser. These earrings use 6 mm and 4 mm rings. The pendants are, again, tagua nut beads. For more chain maille ideas check out the web site of the Maille Artisans International League

June 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm 3 comments

No. 16 Bowl of Cherries

Alright, so these have nothing to do with cherries, and yes they are very similar to this lonely one. But, hey I made them so they count toward the 99 pairs, right. Also the bottom bits are a little different from the red one. Can you tell which one was wrapped with pliers and for which one I used my fingers? In a commercial description I would say something to the effect of “slight imperfections give this jewelry their unique charm and are entirely intended by the craftswoman. . .”

May 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

No. 15 Wacky Wires

Can you tell that I’m trying to get away from the green thing? These are glass and resin beads on bits of wire twisted this way and that. By the way, the great thing about having kids is that you have wonderful props for these pictures. Although, this clock is actually mine; an “antique” from the 70’s.

May 27, 2008 at 3:12 pm 2 comments

No. 11 Squiggles

Some more wire. This time with earring stoppers. To get this kind of spiral you take a length of wire and fold it in half. Bend over the folded tip and start wrapping the wire around it shaping a spiral. When you have about an inch left, separate the doubled up wires and make loops at opposite ends of the spiral. Here, I used a 6 inch length of wire that rendered a .5 inch spiral. By the way, do you like the double jump rings?

April 22, 2008 at 11:06 am 1 comment

No. 10 One is the loneliest number. . .

For a brief moment in time and space there were two of us, but now after 72 hours I am alone. Why didn’t she secure us with some earring stoppers. Now I have to hang on this oversized martini glass surveying peoplekind without a mate. Great sadness.

As you can tell I’m in a wiry mood. I guess it makes sense. Once you learn how to string a bead you want to graduate to the lofty heights of wire work. It’s April and here is Number 10. Only 89 to go. Yikes!

April 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm 3 comments

No. 5 Industrial Spring

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Lately, I’ve really liked the look of exposed stringing wire. I find it looks industrial and yet delicate. These earrings feature two stringing wires with a faceted bead strung on one of them together with a crimp bead to position it. The drop is strung over both wires and that whole contraption is held together with two larger crimp beads. Perfect for a sunny February day when the crocuses are just starting to peek through the dirt. Happy Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm 2 comments

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The Resolution

Here is my project for the year: I want to make 99 different pairs of earrings over the course of the next 12 months. That averages about 2 pairs a week. We’ll see how I fare with this resolution.

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