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Wrapped Picks

About this design:

Tonight's pick (lol) - earrings made from Vintaj 'pick' blanks, artistic wire 24 guage, and faceted rondelles.

I wanted to add some sort of interest on the picks without the usual embossing or hammering. I remember seeing Jay King ("Mine finds") on QVC last weekend, and he said he had a designer who laid nails down & hammered over them. So I put some 18g wire across the anvil, put the blank on it, and hammered with the rubber mallet. Buffed and then flattened back to shape.


Fire Agate, Vintaj blanks, Artistic Wire

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  1. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    These are awesome!! I love the design made by hammering the 18g wire! What a very cool idea.

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Very cool & original! :)

  3. franny
    franny says:

    I really like this design, Cindy…it’s quite unique!….the touch of silvery(blue?)tiny metal jumpring & headpin works well with the rosy coppery colours!

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I love these Cindy! Terrific idea and design!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wow these are great. Love the different way you textured them which is then mirrored in the wrapping..

  6. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a creative idea, Cindy – - and it really works with the wire-wrapping you did. Love the touch of blue, too. Great earrings !

  7. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Thanks! The blue is actually a headpin with a ball end, and I wrapped it up the back, thru the hole, made a loop wrapped in the back. That anchors the 24g wire wrapped around the pick, too. The photo doesn’t really capture the nice brass shine that comes thru on these. :)

  8. Sonali
    Sonali says:

    What a fun and creative design!

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love them :D

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow,Cindy..these are so cool and artistic. You’re a clever lady!! :)

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Too clever! Love the subtle texture in the picks.

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