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« on: October 18, 2011 06:31:31 PM »

My partner in the Random Swap asked if I could make a pair of Peruvian style thread earrings. 

I had never made them before, but decided why not give it a go.  I used 18 gauge silverplate wire to make the frames, used premade earring hangers, and used a 24 gauge wire to make the coils.  Funnily enough, my small knitting needles made the perfect frame for coiling the wire on, to slip onto the earring frame.

I did not think they were too bad for a first time try - what do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011 06:45:56 PM »

I think they look fantastic. Smiley I've been meaning to try to make something similar for a while, but haven't even tried yet. Good on you for getting not one but two pairs completed!

« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011 07:27:34 PM »

I second that, they look amazing and I'm even more impressed that you got 2 pairs done. This gives me some inspiration to try some myself, its not something I would wear but I know my neices would love me forever if they got a couple pairs in their xmas stockings this year.......I'm off to go try and find some tutes

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011 10:20:52 PM »

These are incredible!!!  I wouldn't even know where to start to make these!!!

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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2011 06:52:14 AM »

It was easier than I thought initially.  First cut two matching lengths of 18 gauge wire.  Then coil the 24 gauge wire tightly so that it can fit over the the 18 gauge wire.  Lightly stretch the coiled wire out, then shape the 18 ga wire into a loop, and add an earring wire, and close the loop over top.  Then start wrapping thread from top to bottom, between coils, around the earring loop, with one colour thread, firmly, but without mishapening the shape of the earring.  To add another colour of thread, choose a midpoint and loop around coils at an opposite point.  Tie off the ends, and use a bit of glue to help secure threads.  Be patient, because the threads can slip and you may have to start over again with the threads.

This may be cute also with coloured fishing line and beads, or metallic floss.

« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011 07:37:49 AM »

I'm thoroughly impressed! I saw a video on youtube about making these. I like yours better...

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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2011 09:18:52 AM »


On a related note, I got a couple pairs of these earrings from Goodwill, with the strings falling off , for 50 cents a pair. I was hoping to restring them for myself but I have not gotten around to it yet Sad
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2011 05:46:28 PM »

So cute, the blues are my favorite!

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Beautiful work!

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