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« on: June 28, 2009 02:53:33 PM »

I'm trying to make chandelier earrings for my bridesmaids to wear to my wedding. (I'm using this tutorial: http://www.wigjig.com/jewelry-making/modclassic/modclassic-earringspg08.htm)

 This is my first time using a wire jig and first time making my own earwires and jump rings....I think I'll purchase the earwires.  I used cheap wire, I did 20 gauge like they said, but I think that's too soft...also my fingernails are waaay too long and were getting in my way of wrapping tightly.  This is mostly a fail, but a good start.  Oh and these fake pearls suck, the paint flecked off like crazy, I'll use pretty glass beads instead.  I probably shouldn't post untill I get better, but I guess I'm looking for encouragement, and/or tips, lol.  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009 03:21:19 PM »

That's lovely, especially for a first try.  It's generally a good idea to use the cheap stuff while you're working out your method, and switch to the better stuff once you have it down.  You might want to try using pliers to grip the wire if your nails are getting in the way. 

I made the jewelry for my wedding, so I know what you're going through.  I was finishing the last necklace while getting my hair done the day of the wedding!  Good luck with them and make sure you show us the final product Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009 06:18:33 PM »

Don't know beans about beads, but I would wear you mistakes in a heartbeat. Post some wedding pics, action shots, I think you are heading in the right direction.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009 06:44:14 PM »

Thank you both for the kind words. I chopped off all my nails and will try some more tomorrow.
Don't know beans about beads, but I would wear you mistakes in a heartbeat. Post some wedding pics, action shots, I think you are heading in the right direction.

I can't post wedding pics yet because my wedding isn't until October 10th, but I will definitely post pics then, and here's one craft I've done so far, it's beads and wire, but they are knitted and wrapped around a knife and cake server handles:
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009 08:56:39 PM »

Well those are prettu too and you are going to have such an 'artistic' weding.
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2009 09:17:53 AM »

Yep, to the one reply about practicing with the cheaper wire..
Then when you're good, get the better stuff..

Also, when using the better wire, use the nylon covered pliers
so you don't mar or dent the wire...

I think you did a good job..

And I know about the cheaper pearl beads.. they do flake..
but some nice cheaper beads are those bi~cones (fake Swarovski crystals, from like a AC Moore or Joann's or Michael's...)
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