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Amber Lights


About this design:

Another earring frame, this time in copper. Decided to treat them to a LOS bath turning them black. The metal color really sets off the amber glow of the beads.

Components:

Copper metal, faceted glass briolettes



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  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    WOW! Great pair of ear rings, Lynda.

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    K H says:

    Great design!!!! What gauge wire do you use for the frame?

  3. PamRoss10
    PamRoss10 says:

    Oh I DO want these….badly!

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    These earrings are fantastic, Lynda! tee hee….I just saw them on your blog and then came here and “poof” — they magically are now here! ;) :D Spooky, isn’t it? ;)

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, and I agree with your choice to “double-dip” in the LOS — perfect color now! 8)

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks so much, ladies, for your comments. Now to a question…
    How to keep this patina. Some of the finish did come off when I wiped it with a polishing cloth. I still like the look, but sadly lost the black. I would be grateful if you shared your successes. I have used Renaissance Wax on heat patininated copper before, but not sure how it would work on the black color.

    For KH, since I appropriated this wire from the garage, I’m guessing it’s 16.
    Still malleable, but forges nicely for definition.

  7. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Oops, I meant ‘patinated’. I really need to pay better attention!

  8. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    So pretty! :)

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lynda, I’ve never tried to keep the black finish from the LOS on any silver or copper, but I’ve never actually tried to keep it on. I’ve always used a very fine grade of steel wool to buff off any I don’t want left behind and then tumble the pieces in my tumbler. It adds a nice sheen — if you are going for that. If you want the matte finish, don’t tumble the pieces. Either way, I buff them with a soft cloth when I’m done. 8)

    I currently have 8 postings here in the Design Gallery in which I’ve used the above method on the sterling silver or copper portions — My First PMC Piece, Wire Wrapped Beads, Copper Clasps, Copper Spiral Pendant Necklace, Copper Spiral Rings, Silver Spiral Rings, Copper Swirls Bracelet, & Viking Romance Bracelet. The Viking knit portion of the Sea Mist Bracelet was created from the same knitted piece I used in the Viking Romance Bracelet. On the VRB portion I used the LOS and on the SMB I didn’t. Hope this helps! :D

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Good grief — I just realized that I said the same thing twice in my first sentence in the above comment! LOL! Silly Chicky….. 8O

  11. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    Love the color of the copper and it highlights the crystals so well !!

  12. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    So…continuing on this path. I went ahead and applied the Renaissance Wax to the metal. I must say that although the strong black was lost, it added a beautiful dark brown/black luster to the copper. I’ve also had some advise to go ahead and apply the wax to the blackened copper to preserve the color. So, I’m going to give this a try on another pair of earrings soon. I do like this, but I’m still on the hunt for the elusive black. Attached is a photo of the new color.

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    P Ford says:

    Oh, I just love these!!! Wonderful!

  14. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    Love the effect the wax gave, adds a lot of depth to the color.

  15. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Looks marvelous! I tried a similar omega frame for a teardrop, but it didn’t turn out nearly as nicely as yours did… maybe I’ll try again w/ thicker wire…
    Also, congrats for having this featured on LB”s FB page!

  16. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    do you make the bigger curve 1st, or the 2 little ones?

  17. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    looks like you need to put up a tutorial on these. I do like the new patina. It’s a much warmer hue than the original black.

  18. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks again for your comments. And for letting me know about FB.
    I’m planning on writing a brief tut for this design. Certainly not too difficult for those that have some wire work experience. I’ll post it soon.
    EEKA…I started with the ends first on both wires. One thing that has worked for me in creating earrings that are identical is to make them together…one step at a time. After both wires are prepared with the curled ends, then I hold them together and bend them around a mandrel at the same time (in this case, it was a fat ball point pen). And this is pretty much a big part of the tutorial I’m going to share. Wishing you fun with this design.

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