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  • 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 »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

Aluminum Texturing

About this design:

Started a fantastic jewelry making class through the local adult school. It meets in a high school art class outfitted with the most amazing tools and machines for jewelry making. They NEVER had anything like this when I was in school (thanks for not making any jokes here). These earrings were textured by running pieces of aluminum sheet metal through a rolling mill with a piece of lace. Cut out simple shapes with kitchen shears. Filed, sanded, polished, and domed a bit. Added a "paint patina" and finally, a coating of satin varnish. Handmade ear wires from silver plated wire.


Aluminum sheet metal, sterling silver plated wire, Czech glass beads

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    JC Hamm says:

    Beautiful, I love the texture of the lace. I would love to find a class here.I admire your work on all of your pieces..:)

  2. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Ah, a rolling mill…! These are beautiful. Can’t wait to see what else you make!

  3. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Such a lovely color..and so creative!

  4. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    These are great! I took a class like yours a long time ago, and then forgot all about it. I wonder if you can achieve the same effect with something like a Bigkick? Hmmm. May have to try it.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    What gorgeous color and texture! I wish we had a class like that here.

  6. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Ditto what Rowdy said! Was it hard to get that rondelle over the ear wire? I can’t seem to find the right size and shape of wire to achieve that look.Sooooo pretty!

  7. Laud
    Laud says:

    So pretty–remind me of clouds.

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks for all the feedback on these earrings. Yes, I feel very lucky to have access to this incredible jewelry workshop. Many students take the class repeatedly just to have this access and bring their own projects to work on.
    Hi, Nancy…regarding the beads on the ear wires. I made them with 20 gauge silver plated wire. So, small loop first, add the bead, shape the curve. Lightly hammer the curve for strength and to keep the bead in place. Does that make sense?

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Really cute. Sounds like a fun class.

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

    Lynda, these are so beautiful! Love the design you created & the color is amazing! The Czech beads are the perfect finishing touch! :D

    Did you add the design to the back or leave it plain?

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    These are adorable . I have the same question as Lynn about the design to the back?

  12. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Hi, ladies! Good question. No design on the backs, but I did brush them well with steel wool, so they have a satin brushed metal finish.

  13. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    SO cool!!! The little Czech bead is the perfect touch.

  14. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Cool, it is! Nicely done!

  15. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    These are amazing!!! You are so very lucky to have those classes available to you…

  16. Frida
    Frida says:

    Lucky you! These are awesome :)

  17. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    A piece of lace! Imagine that! Wish I was in the class, too. Cool earrings.

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