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Mosaic Magic


About this design:

I love these Mosaic Magnesite beads, they aren't a real stone (manmade) but I think they're really pretty & the patterns are gorgeous. I combined them with the inevitable spirals!

Components:

Mosaic Magnesite, 18g, 20g Copper wire



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    These are beautiful, Spiral Chick! Your wirework is terrific and the color combo of the gems and copper is great! 8)

  2. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Wow, another wonderful creation! Your wirework IS great, no doubt! I wish I could do it like you do!! I plan to try, but haven’t started yet.;-)

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    K H says:

    Great earrings! :) I love the flat wire – I tried to flatten some wire by pounding it, but only ended up with a sore finger. :(

  4. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Those are great, sparkle! Love the way you did the headpins! really COOL earrings! I think I need some like these….

  5. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    This pair of earrings are just adorable!! I love them!! Love the headpins too!! :)

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Another stunning pair of earrings! I love those stones, manmade or not! And, of course, those gorgeous spirals! :)

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you everyone :)
    Wenche you must have a go at wirework, but try to avoid hammering your finger like KH!

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    The “secret” is — never put your fingers under the hammer. LOL

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Funny Lynn :D

  10. Sally T
    Sally T says:

    Wow, absolutely stunning. My first thought is to always put turquoise with silver, but the copper is so rich looking.

  11. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautifu! :) But , of cause!… :)

  12. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    GORGEOUS!!!! another stunning pair of earrings!!!

  13. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Beautiful! Big question – how do you get the smooth, even effect when you flatten the wire – do you use a chasing hammer or is any hammer acceptable? Also, is the metal bench block critical – I haven’t gotten one yet and I’m using a “wire whacker” block to hammer on…maybe it’s just not hard enough?

  14. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Simply stunning…

  15. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Another fab pair of earrings from the Grand Master of Spirals! Love the copper with turquoise! :D

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you :)
    Silly Chick ~ You’re best to use a chasing hammer & a bench block or anvil. I first tried using a normal hammer but any marks on it will transfer to the metal. I don’t know what a wire whacker block is (!) but to get an even finish I just hammer a few times & keep checking & try not to get carried away! :D

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    Healing mom says:

    I love your wire work! Truly beautiful! I do have one question…I know you said you used 18g and 20g copper wire but was it half-hard or dead soft wire? I am just starting to work with wire and I am trying to teach my self. Any pointers would help! Thanks!!

  18. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Thanks Spiral Chick! The ‘wire whacker’ is a nylon (acrylic?) block that comes in a pair and is used to harden a design (works quite well for that purpose)- I got mine from the Wig-Jig site but have seen them in a few other places as well. I’ve been using one to hammer my pieces with a ball pein hammer with some success, but again it’s not particularly even and I can’t get the wire flat enough. Guess I’ll have to break down and get the items you mentioned. One more question, please? Are you using any dapping tools – pegs, blocks, etc)?

  19. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Fabulous earrings! They are in my favorites.

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    Carole S says:

    These are beautiful earrings, love the copper with the green. I too am just starting with the wire wrapping, having trouble just making a spiral, lol. But what is dead soft wire and half hard? I’ve got different gauges of wire but nothing says dead soft or half hard. Also got some wiring books and nothing in those instruction books talk about different types of wire. Just says to use 20 gauge wire. Help??!!!

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    K H says:

    Sterling wire comes in 3 forms, dead soft, half hard and full hard. Dead soft is very soft, great for sculpting by hand, but not hard enough for working parts. Half hard and full hard have been hardened and can be made into working parts (claps, rings, ear-wires, etc. As far as I know, craft wire (brass and copper) only come by gague – the lower the number the thicker the wire.

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    KH — That’s an excelllent explanation! Thanks for posting that for those who asked! :D

  23. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    If you want your wire to be flat, use the flat end of the hammer, not the peen (rounded) part. The peen part will leave tiny indentations, which are very cool for a design, but you only want to add those AFTER you have flattened the wire or metal first. Spiral Chick is right — start with a few whacks (I do 3), then check your results. It’s always easier to add more than to subtract. 8)

  24. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Did anyone else notice that I put 3 “ls” in excellent in my comment to KH? ROTFLOL I knew something didn’t look quite right….. :?

  25. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Lynn, if you hadn’t mentioned it, I wouldn’t have noticed! But now that you did……:D

  26. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    I meant :D of course!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you Chicks for answering the questions! Time difference being in the UK, in bed fast asleep, etc!
    Silly Chick ~ I don’t think the nylon block will be hard enough so you are better with a steel one. I haven’t used any dapping tools or pegs so far!
    The sterling wire I use is usually half~hard but some of it is dead soft which is ok when it’s been hammered :)

  28. Claire F
    Claire F says:

    Beautiful earrings

  29. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Love ‘em!

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    Carole S says:

    Thanks everyone for your feedback. It’s really great help. While at Michaels today saw the yellow Beading for Dummies; paging through that it had a section of wirework. Next trip will have to get the Dummy Book! I’m pretty patient so I’ll just keep trying. Everyone’s wire work that has shown up here is beautiful. Plus you gals (and John too) come up with great ideas for color combinations I hadn’t thought of.

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    Carole S says:

    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE, when you said the flat part of the hammer, do you mean the part that has the two prongs (like a barbeque fork)? I tried using the round part, didn’t leave marks but didn’t make a nice spiral. Thanks

  32. martham
    martham says:

    Since people are asking questions, I have wondered about using copper or brass ear wires. Do they bother people’s ears? Would the copper turn your ears green?

  33. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    These are awesome,the colors are great together.

  34. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Another favorite!! Love the copper with these stones..just the right look! :-)

    Martham, I found pure copper ear wires at Michaels. I am making some earrings for sale, and hoping that the pure copper will wear well…if not, then people can get in touch because I guarantee my work for 2 years. ;)

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    shimmer chick says:

    so beautiful. love them!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you Harriet & shimmer chick :)

  37. Sali Jo GemsChica Chick
    Sali Jo GemsChica Chick says:

    Congrats on the Number 1 Favorite Design!!!!!!!!! You deserve it!!

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    wendy says:

    I love these too. You inspire me to get the wire, hammer, and bench block back out. :)

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