your earrings are fantastic! the whole egg-boiling method of oxidizing the metal is really interesting and pretty cool!
i know you said you used 20 gauge wire, but i'm wondering if it's just regular sterling silver wire....see, i have a problem that whenever i try to do "fun" things with wire--like using a jig or something (excluding wire wrapping, i guess) i end up bending the wire unintentionally--usually after i'm finished and trying to wear it.
i guess what i'm asking is, how strong is the wire? will the earrings get bent out of shape easily?