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« on: May 29, 2006 01:03:53 PM »

I recently got the book "Bead on a Wire" so I could learn to be better at wire work, and was very inspired by her lovely pieces, and quite informed by her detailed instructions on even the most simple things.

So here is what I came up with: the earrings, then the necklace were made in an afternoon and an evening;  my hand hurts a lot from the pliers I borrowed from my dad bc my sister took my jewelry pliers to school, lol. They remind me of ancient jewelry I've seen in museums.

Everything except the ear wires (which i bought separately) is made from 16 gauge copper wire I had lying around for the purpose of practicing, and I used almost an entire spool, which even I find hard to believe. The beads are glass beads from a bead assortment Costco had like 6 years ago. I hammered the wire a bit flatter where I could, but it went all slinky-ish when I did that. I think it would work better with a thicker gauge, and possibly using square wire would make it easier. Note: jumprings are really tedious to make.

Enough of my babbling...what do you think?

Earrings: (modeled by my mom's van)



Necklace: (also modeled by the van)
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2006 01:06:49 PM »

Those are gorgeous! I love love the necklace.  Are those earrings quite heavy?
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2006 01:15:16 PM »

It is all *extremely* light. The only problem is that my curly hair kept getting stuck in the spirals. I am also looking for some gold-colored solder so I can make the necklace more secure.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2006 01:16:03 PM »

the earrings are gorgeous! they totally remind me of something from the met museum.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2006 01:20:23 PM »

I love them. You must feel like Helen of Troy wearing them. Good job!
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2006 01:20:56 PM »

all really cute!
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2006 01:23:52 PM »

I love them. You must feel like Helen of Troy wearing them. Good job!
That's what I thought when I saw them!
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2006 02:03:54 PM »

It is all *extremely* light. The only problem is that my curly hair kept getting stuck in the spirals. I am also looking for some gold-colored solder so I can make the necklace more secure.

No no no!! Shocked


 When made correctly, that necklace is very secure.  Where is it that you think it isn't?  I've taught that necklace and variations of the egyptian coil for ages, and the whole point of it, and of Sharilyn's book is that it is all cold joined.

16 gauge wire is fine, what do you mean it went all slinky?  Did you hammer it on an anvil or a bench block?

They look great, but really, they can all be cold joined (even though I am a metalsmith and work with solder and flame) I really enjoy cold joins.

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2006 02:06:42 PM »

Those are gorgeous! Are they your designs or from the book? Good job!
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2006 02:21:46 AM »

wow! those are fabulous!
wonderful work!! Smiley
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