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Summer Flower Earrings


About this design:

This is set of earrings that I made for myself for summer enjoyment. All three feature my own hand-hammered copper earwires. Before you ask – pure copper wire does not irritate the ears – if you can wear a copper bracelet or ring, you can probably wear copper earwires without problem. Just make sure to sand the wire really smooth and keep it clean – a little soap and warm water will do the trick, but add a little squirt of lemon juice to keep the copper bright. I even broke my own “do not sleep with earrings” rule, and left a pair in for several days straight without problem.

I have tried several shapes of earwires, starting with the elongated earpins, then more of a classic earwire shape and finally almond and hoop shapes. The tails are longer than store-bought earwires, which means that the earrings are better balanced in the lobe and they are less likely to fall out, even without those little plastic thingies.

RED TRUMPET VINES: A member of the honeysuckle family, red trumpet vines are a favorite of hummingbirds. Each earring features 3 red glass bells, set with tiny peach Chinese crystals mounted on hand-hammered headpins. They are light as a feather and have a wonderful sexy swing – casual enough for everyday and sparkly enough for evening.

THE BELLS OF IRELAND: A member of the mint family, bells of Ireland are tall graceful stalks with small white flowers and colorful apple green bell-shaped foliage. Each earring features 3 apple green bells glass and pale peach Chinese crystals mounted on hand-hammered headpins.

WISTERIA BLOSSOMS: Wisteria is a member of the pea family, with graceful lavender blossoms on twisted vines. Each earring features 3 lavender glass bells with bronze Chinese crystals on hand-hammered headpins.

Components:

20G copper wire from the hardware store to make the earwires and headpins. Glass belss and Chinese crystals. You will need a hammer and bench block and stuff to use as mandrels - like ink pens, Sharpies, seed bead tubes, small bottles, the handle of the hammer, or any other object of interesting shape.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Headpins. I like to roll off a little wire and slip the beads onto it, then push them up out of the way and lay the end of the wire on the bench block. A few blows of the hammer will flatten the wire and create the head of the pin. Slip the beads down to make sure that they will be secure. If not, slip them back up and hammer the wire again. If they look secure, use a nail board to remove any burrs and cut the wire from spool leaving enough wire to create a wrapped loop. Make the wrapped loop, cut off the excess, crimp down the end and there you have it!

Earwires: Cut 2 pieces of 20G copper wire - 4 to 6 inches each depending upon the mandrel of choice. Hold both pieces of wire together and recut both ends of the wires to make sure that the ends are flat and the wires are the same length. Use the round nose pliers to make a loop at one end of each wire and hold them together to make sure that they are the same size. Place the loops on the bench block and hammer them several times on each side. Again, hold the wires together to make sure that they are equal and make any adjustments. Now grab the mandrel of choice and make the "lobe loops". If you do both wires at the same time they will likely be equal, and if you do them one at a time they likely won't. Once the lobe loops are shaped determine the tail (staight, curved, slanted) and finish the shape. Now place the wires on the bench block and hammer them until they don't bend easily. It is best to hold them up every flew blows to make sure that everything is still equal. Finally, take a nail board and remove any burrs. Now you are ready to add some beads to your earwire wires and stick 'um in your ears.


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  1. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I love your earrings with the red trumpet beads. They’re lovely and the wire work is well done.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    These are beautiful!

  3. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Your descriptions alone sold me, K H! These are all wonderful earrings, and I agree, the handmade ones with longer tails stay much better balanced on the ears. Great job! :D

  4. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    So pretty! I have been fussing with some trumpet shaped flower beads for a few days without success, but now I’m inspired to try again.

  5. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    Beautiful earrings, and a great job on the ear wires !!!
    The Wisteria are my favorite !!!!

  6. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Cute! I can just see you in the red ones!

  7. Pug Mom x 2
    Pug Mom x 2 says:

    These are great!

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