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kcartwright856
« on: February 16, 2011 08:09:03 AM »

I made these earrings for my sister-in-law some time ago, but I'm only now getting around to posting. They've since become her favorite pair of earrings and are named "Ashlee Earrings" or "Squiggle Earrings" depending on who you're talking to!

She asked for something fun and unique, so I just started sketching some doodles to sculpt in 18 gauge wire and hammer it all to give the form some strength and texture.

I topped the little (about 2 inches) squiggles off with the ear wire shape that I make for nearly all my earrings (I call them "hoop hooks".) and then tossed them in a tumbler for a few hours to shine up and harden.



I'm not the best photographer, but I tried! I wish I could have captured the sparkle that the hammered texture gives off.

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Just found a picture of a "variation on a theme" of sorts. Same general idea, but the twists and turns of such an organic form can rarely be replicated completely. That's what I love about this style of earring!




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imera
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011 08:48:14 AM »

They are pretty, can understand how they are favourite, really nice and playful, but still classy Cheesy
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endymion
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011 09:15:27 AM »

Ooooh! Those are so pretty!
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011 11:29:46 AM »

I really like these!
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011 11:33:33 AM »

I love these earrings! I'm not very good with wire. These are awesome. The hooks are great, those are my fave style of hook. What type of metal did you use?
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kcartwright856
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011 02:28:24 PM »

Thanks, everyone! Zefiryn, the metal used in these two pairs is German silver, or nickel silver, as some call it. It's inexpensive, but it doesn't have that sterling gleam, which is why it's so difficult to photograph. It's a lot darker and more grey than sterling.

I haven't run into too many problems with those allergic to nickel yet. I make sure everyone knows that it contains nickel, and if that's a problem I always have some sterling on hand.

I really hope the price of silver comes down soon. =(
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krinjal
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2011 02:21:08 AM »

                   hey.......hi....... wow.......nice earrings.......i love those.....look very funky.....!!!
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