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Turritella Treats


About this design:

Here are those gorgeous Turritella Agate Nuggets from LB. I think they're a work of art in themselves. The copper link was something I made up as I went along, it's actually nothing like the idea I had in my head when I started it!

Components:

Turritella Agate, 20g Copper wire



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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Very pretty!!

  2. Shani
    Shani says:

    Starsparkle, I enjoy looking at your wiring technique it is beautiful all of your designs are great!

  3. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    They are just gorgeous and I am green of envy that you make such beauties. Turittella is a gorgeous stone! but you frame it masterfully. :)

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Julia has said it all. :-)
    FAV!

  5. Sali Jo GemsChica Chick
    Sali Jo GemsChica Chick says:

    Ok……I want to know how you make your spirals so perfectly????? Do you use a jig? Are you willing to tell us chickies or keep us wondering and drooling?

  6. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Wow, these are amazing!! I love Turritella and your spirals are impeccable! :D

  7. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Very pretty! I am slowly warming up to the turitella, but your style makes it look beautiful! :-)
    Btw. I got a bag of polished tumbled stones for my grandgirl Liz, and I chose a turitella nugget for one of them. She loves the fossil shells. ;)

  8. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    What beautiful earrings. The Turitella is beautiful as well as your wire work.

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you :)
    Sali Jo ~ I don’t use a jig just round & flatnose pliers :)

  10. ANDREA BEAD SOUP
    ANDREA BEAD SOUP says:

    those beads are really beautiful and the wire work is really interesting on these earrings!

    Nice

  11. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    But you do hammer your spirals ?

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Spiral Chick! I also want to know a little more about those spirals…you’re wirework is awesome!

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    wendy says:

    love your wirework! :)

  14. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Another fav, love the wire work! May I ask what you use to antique the copper? Mine never comes out so nicely.

  15. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Your wirework is absolutely fabulous! I love these!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thanks Chickies :)
    Julia ~ Yes I usually hammer the spirals, I think they look better & you can hammer them unevenly to make it look a bit different if you want to!
    Cookie ~ I use Liver of Sulphur to antique the copper then polish with steel wool & a silver polishing cloth. It’s a bit labour~intensive at times but worth the end result I think. How do you do it?

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Spiral Chick ~ is there some kind of trick to hammer? I have a bench block & hammer but when I try to hammer I just ruin the wire and make it look bad :( Any tips?

  18. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    I’m impressed too! The wirework is perfect and the product absolutely gorgeous, Spiral Chick!!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Little Chick, there isn’t really any trick to hammering, just take it easy to begin & keep checking! Silver & copper are quite soft metals so don’t need beating to death unless you use the thicker gauges! I sometimes get carried away too :)

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    LOL I guess I’ll try it again! ;)

    Do you use soft, half-hard, or hard wire?

  21. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    WOW…beautiful and creative…

  22. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Now, what do you think about ‘block bench helper’?

    It has rubber under the steel to shock obsorb the hammering. Is it worth buying?

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Julia – where would you get one of those?

  24. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Spiral Chick, these earrings are gorgeous!!

  25. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    All I can do is reiterate what has already been said – stunning earrings and absolutely fabulous wirework!!

  26. Carola
    Carola says:

    Beautiful wire work. Wish some of you experts…were available to teach various classes in wire work and beading!

    Many thanks to all of you, who are sharing your designs. So impressive, “Favorites” is adding up quickly.

  27. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Wow, Spiral Chick, another fab (and fav!) pair of earrings. How did you latch on the copper link? I can’t tell!

    thanks for the info on how you oxidize your copper. definitely have to try that, cuz I love the look!

    all of your work really makes me smile! :D

  28. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Spiral Chick, these are stunning earrings!!! The wirework is incredible! The copper and turritella are fabulous together! :D

    I antique my copper and silver the same way you do, Spiral Chick. Love the results! :D

    Would it be possible to see an additional photo showing how the links are attached, please? Thanks!

  29. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    BTW, where do you work that you aren’t able to wear your jewelry? That is soooooo sad…… :-(

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Lyyn, here’s a photo of the copper link from the back so you can see how I did it! I work in social care & we’re not supposed to wear jewellery apart from a wedding ring & small stud earrings….. you’ve seen my earrings, can you imagine me wearing STUDS! I do wear dangly earrings but not big ones that might take someone’s eye out! :)
    Little Chick, I use soft & half~hard wire.
    Julia ~ I use a folded up towel under my bench block! I have seen the padded thingys, don’t know what they’re called, on a few websites but I can’t remember where!
    Here’s the photo, I expect you’re all in bed now! It’s 11.45am in the UK :)

    Attachment

  31. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Spiral Chick, thanks so much for the pix of the reverse side of the earring! I can tell what good wirework you do because the back is as pretty as the front! LOL It does help me to see the back. :D

    I forgot you were in social work. That’s too bad you can’t wear your “danglies.” That’s what my 3 1/2 yr old granddaughter calls my long earrings! ROTFLOL She is sooooooo funny — she has always been fascinated with my earrings (I wear 2 in each lobe) and one day she said, “Grandma, when I get bigger, I’m going to grow earrings, too.” Well, I thought I would DIE trying not to laugh out loud at that one!!!!!!

  32. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Another funny Jenna/earring story — I only wear studs around the babies because they tend to grab and tug. One day I was staying over at her house and came downstairs in the AM and had forgotten to put the studs in. Jenna looked at me and the first thing she did was gasp and say, “Grandma, WHERE are your EARRINGS?!?!?!” She was only 2 1/2 yrs old then and it just cracked me up! You would’ve thought I had no clothes on based on her reaction!!! ROTFLOL

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    That’s so sweet Lynn, kids can be so funny :)

  34. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    My daughter Suzanne (Jenna’s mom) works as an asst.store manager for a large hardware/DIY-type chain store. She’s not allowed to wear any jewelry at work other than her wedding rings and her watch for safety reasons.

  35. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Love these!!!!

  36. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Hi Spiral Chick, I have used LOS but not with much success. Thought I’d try brown acrylic paint. Has anyone tried that? Maybe I’m doing something wrong. The LOS works fine on the silver but is blotchy on the copper. And I love using copper. Still green with envy by the way!!
    cookie

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Such an informative discussion! Thanks for all the great info!

    Spiral Chick – these earrings are definitely a work of art!

  38. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, you should know by now that this is a very educational website. 8)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I know, I know!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Cookie, maybe your copper has grease or dirt on it? You could try giving it a wipe with wire wool before you oxidise it.

  41. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Do not use acrylic paint on the metal it is not porous enough to hold it long…

  42. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Spiral Chick, I have to tell you, your wirework makes me pea-green with envy! And this pair of earrings is a show-stopper for sure!

  43. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Oh, so nice, love the wire work…

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you :)

  45. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    OMG – I love them!

  46. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Your amazing wirework has sparked such a beneficial discussion! Thanks for the input, will try extra cleaning the wire..still envious tho.
    cookie

  47. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Spiral Chick, Thank you so much for all your great info & tips to help us newbies to wire work!!! I am another of your fans – with all your work in my faves!

    I just got a chasing hammer & block, and have a long way to go before I get the results you do. One big problem I’m having is hammering anything with overlapping wires. My aim really needs to improve so I don’t keep mashing the cross-over’s!

    When you hammered these earrings, did you bend & hammer the top spiral, then bend & hammer the bottom large loop? Hope that makes sense! (I’m trying to figure out how the top spiral isn’t mushed out of shape…) Also, do you use a small anvil, or just a bench block?

    Thanks!
    Lori

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Lori, sorry for the delay in replying, just got back from my trip at 4.30am this morning!
    When I made these I made the bottom loop first & wrapped the wire around at the top a couple of times. Then hammered the loop, part~made the spiral so that there was room to hammer it while it was still sticking out, if you know what I mean(!)then finished curling the spiral into place. Then made a small loop at the top & hammered it slightly. I hope that makes sense! :)
    I use a bench block for hammering. You do have to be very careful not to hammer any wires that cross in certain designs but it happens sometimes :)

  49. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Thanks SSC! It makes perfect sense – and I can’t wait to give it a shot! I have to say again, the skill & uniformity of your work really impresses me! :D

  50. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    OOOOOOHHHH I am an earring freak and these are fabulous.

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you EM ELL :)

  52. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I came back to look again, and realized that I had neglected to tell you this is in my favorites. Just love the wire work—and the spirals of course!! LOL ;)

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thanks Harriet! (chocolate is on the way!)

  54. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    :-)

  55. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Awesome wire work and I just love the combo with the amazing Turritella!!

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