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opal spirals


About this design:

My plan was to make earrings to go with "bone collector". But it was impossible for this inexperienced wire-worker to copy the pendant pattern. This is what I came up with instead.
I even made my own earwires!

Components:

20 guage vintage bronze wire, African Opal, vintaj beads



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    I am in lust over those spirals! These are fantastic!

  2. Gwen w
    Gwen w says:

    They don’t look inexperienced to me! They are lovely!

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Have Mercy!!! :-D
    Applause! Applause!!! Take a bow and be proud of yourself! LOVE THEM!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks, ladies! I am a bit proud of these. Even hammered them a little!
    I think I have to put a jig on my Christmas list!

  5. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    They are gorgeous Jeanne! Love them :-)

  6. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    They are really, really nice…not inexperienced-looking at all!! :-D

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Gorgeous.

  8. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Great work, Jeanne! I like the colors too!:-)

  9. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    Love your earrinds and wirework is beautiful…good job! :)

  10. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    Fantastic – Love them :-)

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, these earrings are simply gorgeous!!! I love your wire work!!! :D Great photo, too!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you all!
    I had some great teachers and inspiration here!

    Lynn – I’m glad my house faded out in the photo background. LOL

  13. Sali Jo GemsChica Chick
    Sali Jo GemsChica Chick says:

    These are SO pretty!

  14. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    WOW!!!!!! FAV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are fabulous, Jeanne!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Love them. These are gorgeous. Your wire work is wonderful. I think you would enjoy the wire jig very much if you can do this without one. I’m impressed. So professional.

  16. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    I keep coming back to these earrings! Just love them.

    Okay, I’ve never used a jig. If I wanted one, what kind would I want? Inquiring minds want to know!!!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you all for the kind words!

    Debra – I used a pen for the figure 8 and my round pliers and kept bending and twisting till they looked about the same. Surprisingly I only wasted about an inch of wire. I bent the earwires over the pen too!
    I thank our very own, Spiral Chick for reminding me to hang them in opposite directions.

    But – I, too, would love any suggestions on a jig.

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    Kathi R says:

    Jeanne, Loved your earrings. the wirework is wonderful. Keep up the great work.I too would love some guidance on which JigWig I should get and are there any website that give instructions? Kathi

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    Jeanne, I think these are the prettiest earrings I’ve ever seen. Very romantic!

  20. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    These are nice!!

  21. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Thanks, Jeanne. Again, these are such lovely, romantic, vintage-y earrings. I am quite smitten with them!

  22. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Wow Jeanne…I knew these would be a hit! Hope that if we have a chance to get together for a visit again, you’ll give me a quick lesson…I am still lusting over these earrings!

    I do believe Little Chick has a jig and if I am remembering correctly, she recommended a Delphi jig…perhaps you could email her and ask her what she thinks.

  23. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    These are beautiful Jeanne. I use a thing a ma jig—I think that is what it is called. About 30 bucks —I am not sure what the Delphi one is that Debbi is speaking of–probably better than the thing a ma jig though LOL

  24. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Gorgeous!!! And I applaud your wire work! :D

  25. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    Sorry–I guess I have a Wig Jig and forgot. I have used it and it works pretty good.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Chicky ChaCha; May I inquire where did you get your wig jig?

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I certainly appreciate everyone’s comments.

    Debbi, we definitely will get together again. I hope in near future. Would love to show you my amateur free hand technique.

    I’ll have to research the websites and pass the info on to hubby. I know they’re not too pricey. Silly how I can’t just buy one for myself. But I can pick up a strand or two or a lovely lampwork focal without hesitation – LOL!

  28. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    These are FABULOUS, Jeannes!!! I love them!

  29. Jillianne
    Jillianne says:

    Ritzy! I love the spirals. They look as if they came that way already.

  30. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    They did — Jeanne just hung them up outside her house one sunny day and took a photo of them. ROTFLOL

  31. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    P.S. I can only say the above comment because Jeanne knows I love her and am “one bead short of a necklace” today…..ROTFLOL

  32. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    That’s probably OK Lynn. Some of us are typically “one bead short of a bracelet!” LMAO :-)

  33. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I think that describes me perfectly, Happy Chick! LMAO with you!!! :D

  34. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Lynn – I just don’t know what to say. You’re on a roll, as usual! Love ya, though!

    Thanks for the compliments friends!

  36. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Chicky hugs to you, Jeanne! Congrats on being one of the fave designs for November!!! :D

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