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  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Spring Green”:
    “Wonderful design, lovely colors and it's going right into my favs! The wirework is…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful! Thanks for the instructions. Do you mind me asking how you protect your fingers? I've…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Cool idea!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is such a different style from your previous bracelet. I really like this simplicity too.…” read »

  • Becca W
    Becca W on “Spiral Dance”:
    “this is exquisite! I can't imagine how much time and patience this took, and you are…” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “and the last one. …” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “got the antiquing done and some size reference pics. as always 5thew antiquing looks darker…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Pretty in rustic pink”:
    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “copper blue”:
    “What an interesting piece! The three views are so different that it almost looks like a…” read »

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    A Groundwater on “Starfish with Love”:
    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

  • T thornton
    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

  • T thornton
    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

Yay or Nay?

About this design:

I have some black aluminum artistic wire that I decided to play with to see what I could come up with in terms of earring designs. I have never had any beading or wire work classes, and very few tools to use to make a design. I used round nose pliers and my hands to bend the wire.

I made two different designs, but I can't decide if I like them. I thought I'd ask here to see if there were any suggestions.

What do you think? Should I try again or are these interesting?


S-shaped: wire, crystal beads Coiled design: wire, sandcast tube beads, horn beads

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    D Luczak says:

    Those s shaped earrings are Fab!! I would definitely rock those :) I also have never taken any classes in beading or wire work either. I have been thinking about taking some at my local craft store but I’m undecided. I think you did a wonderful job on these :)

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, Danielle! The S-shaped ones were fun to make…and the ones I liked the best too. ;)

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    K H says:

    Great wirework!!!!! I am pretty much self taught from web surfing. I have several pairs of pliers, a bench block and hammer and my hands. :)

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, K H! I appreciate your feedback. :D

    I’ve learned from looking at the designs here, trial and error, and a few tutorials on the web. I like beading because there are endless possibilities! I think I need to get different pliers mine scrape the color off the wire, what is a bench block used for?

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    K H says:

    It’s a block of metal…mine is a 4×4 piece of hard steel that cost about $15…available at bead and craft supply shops. Serves 2 purposes…a hard surface to pound against so you can get nice pieces of flattened or hardened wire, AND it protects you tabletop from the hammer.

    It’s easy to spend a fortune on tools. I suggest that you check with friends to see if anyone has a steel block that’s not too banged up. I suggest you go to Ace or similar hardware store to get a small hammer and several rolls of copper wire. I would get 16, 18, 20 & 22 Hague. After a bit of practice you can get some brass and steel wire too. Get a set of pliers from a craft store and set the aside just for wire work. You can buy expensive nylon jaw pliers, or you can pad the tips of your cheap pliers with masking tape or a produce called tool magic. I have several wire cutters, but a set of nail clippers from Walgreens will make nice cuts in tight places. Don’t get the cheapest clippers…they won’t have the oomph to cut wire. The $2 beauty brand clippers work better than the $1 non-brand. I use nail boards for buffing. A disposable lighter works to warm the wire (name brand ha a better flame). You can add tools as your skills progress, but these will get you started.

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    I love the s-shaped ones too! Also, thanks KH for the tips. I am also a newbie and self taught from the Internet. Am thinking of asking for a class or two for my birthday.

  7. Violet
    Violet says:

    What great creativity, you are doing great for a beginner !!!
    I like them all, but I think my favorite is the second pair .
    Keep up the good work !!

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Beautiful work. I like both them them. Especially like the black/white beads. :)

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    Nancy Mc says:

    Wish there was an edit button on here. Oopsie!

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks everyone for your feedback!

    K H- Thank you! I appreciate all the information. It is really helpful. I have a really old set of wire cutters that I got from a toolbox that works well for me for now…. ;) It’s always great to learn new things. Thanks again it is much appreciated.

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I’d say you have been quite successful with your experiments. I particularly like the second pair of ear rings.

    Have fun with your experiments. Try crazy ideas, weird twists and bends, combinations of coils and loops, be open to happy accidents. Some times you win, sometimes you bomb out but every experience is worthwhile. Play, play, play! And most of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. :D

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks for the encouragement and tips everyone! I greatly appreciate them.

  13. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Especially with wirework, the more you work with the material, the more you learn about it’s properties and capabilities. So, yes, play play play. What I see in these two pair of earrings is a good sense on balance in the designs. One technique that I’ve used when unsure about whether I like something or not is to leave it out somewhere…a desk, or countertop…that I will pass by numerous times a day and just give it a glance. Very often after repeated viewings, I’ll see some small thing to change or edit that will make all the difference.
    Best wishes on your explorations!


  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Addendum to Lynda’s advice… Put the ear rings away and don’t look at them for a week. Then when you do look at them you’ll be able to really see what you have. It may not be what you had in mind but it might be even better.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, LRC and Lynda! I appreciate the input. That is great advice.

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    JC Hamm says:

    I like both pairs as well, you did a great job. I played around with some wire and made 1 pair. Now of course I want to try to do more and with the great advice I got from here I’ll be playing alot more. Love this site!!!


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