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Carnelian Teardrops


About this design:

These are the first earrings I've made for almost a year! I lost my inspiration but I'm glad to say it's back! Spending time on here has definitely helped!
I love wirework as you can probably guess & this is my first attempt at this design. I must remember to reverse the spirals so that they are a mirror image next time! :)

Components:

Carnelian Drops, 18g & 20g Sterling Silver wire, Sterling Silver ear wires



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  1. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    There you go with the spirals again – So beautiful! When I try to do spirals they always end up all wonky looking! LOL

  2. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Nice!! I love these!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you!
    Leigh ~ keep practising those spirals, you’ll get there in the end :)

  4. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    So glad your inspiration has returned!! These earrings are fantastically spiralicious!!

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Love those spirals! These are great!
    Glad you have your insiration back because
    Spiral Chick you are an inspiration to me as a beginner learning wire work!

    Like Leigh, mine always end up looking wonky too.
    How do you make them so clean and smooth looking with out the wire bending as you hold it?
    (There are no classes I can take nearby so I am left to asking a multitude of questions to poor innocent jewelry makers like you. ;-) Sorry.)
    What special tools do you use to keep the pliers from marring the wire?
    Thank you!!! :-)

  6. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Just gorgeous Spiral Chick! Your design is flawless in my eyes – I’d probably never take these off!

  7. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Spiral Chick, these are gorgeous! It is always hard to remember to reverse the spirals, but I don’t think anyone really minds. After all, the earrings won’t be side-by-side when being worn! LOL

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

    Sweet Chick, I have a pair of flat nose pliers called “nylon jaw” pliers. The flat ends are covered with nylon as they don’t leave marks on your wire. I got mine at my local bead shop, but they also sell them online. I checked at FMG and their price is $12.44. They list them under flat nose pliers. If you plan to do a lot of wire work, it is worth it to have them. You can also use them to unkink your wire as you’re working with it by gently squeezing the wire straight again. If you have a Hobby Lobby or Michael’s near by, you might check there, too. :D

  9. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Lynn is right, nylon jaw pliers are great! I have 2 pair (one “good” and one crummy-worn out) that I got at our Hobby Lobby – with a coupon they’re not a bad price. I’m not sure how durable the others are, but these really showed the wear after running heavy wire through them. Maybe the more expensive ones are better??

    Lynn, question for you – mine don’t do very well for holding on to things securely, stuff slips out very easily. I mostly use mine for straightening wire. Do yours work well for gripping also?

  10. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Spiral Chick – these are such COOL earrings! I love the design! – is it your own? You could teach us a thing or two about spiraling – yours is fantastic!

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

    Hey, Lori! No, mine aren’t good “grippers” compared to regular pliers. Sigh….. Guess we can’t have it all….. LOL I don’t know about the durability of one pair over the other, as I’ve not used mine as much as you obviously have. ;-) I use mine mostly for straightening wire and getting those annoying kinks out.

  12. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Girls, you can get the nylons that have replaceable jaws – the replacements are not very expensive and most of the online bead stores have’em – FMG and wigjig.com for sure! Otherwise you have to pitch the pliers when they get ratty! Lynn’s right, though, indespensible if your using any wire or precious silver that you don’t want marred!

  13. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Thanks Shannon! I need to look for those, but haven’t ventured online to shop much past LB… But wigjig is one I’ve looked at too – just not for pliers!

  14. ANDREA BEAD SOUP
    ANDREA BEAD SOUP says:

    I think everybody wishes they could work with wire as well as you do. I love your work!!!

  15. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful! I wish I could do my spirals like it too :)

  16. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    I’m speechless at the beauty of your lovely wireworked earrings, the spirals are sooo gorgeous! Mine needless to say DON’T look beautiful like yours…
    I’m very glad to hear that you got some inspiration back recently, it sure shows in these stunning earrings!!! :)

  17. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    Seriously fabulous. You definitely got your mojo back.

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    My Gemstone Designs says:

    Beautiful !!

  19. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    When I saw these earrings I knew immediately who the artist was: Spiral Chick! I’m with most of the other Chicks when it comes to spirals….if I do two they never match and if I do just one it may or may not be lopsided. My ratio of good ones is about 1:7 or 8. Did I express that correctly? (I don’t speak Math any more.) Fantastic design, Spiral Chick.

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you everyone for your comments :) Sorry about the delay in replying but being in the UK I was probably fast asleep when you posted them!
    The secret to good spirals is just practise ~ I always use copper wire which is a bit easier to work with than Sterling Silver. I also never use anything less than 20g as the thinner wires don’t keep their shape well. I’ve never used artistic wire but I don’t think it holds its shape as well as copper & silver. Have a look at Connie Fox’s site (jatayu.com) ~ there are some good tutorials on it for basic wirework.
    I dip my pliers in Tool Magic. It’s a plastic coating which prevents the pliers marring the wire. I have got some nylon jaw pliers but like you say they don’t grip well enough to use so I just use them to straighten the wire before I start.
    I hope this has helped a bit!

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you ALL for your tips! I’ve learned a lot from you gals! This gives me something to work with!!! :-D

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

    Spiral Chick, do the pliers coated with Tool Magic grip better for you? From your answer, I would assume yes. I’ve seen it advertised on other sites. Do you leave it on the pliers and then designate those as your wire working pliers and have another pair without the coating or do you remove the coating and redip when needed? Thanks for your help!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Lynn, yes the pliers grip fine with the plastic coating. I generally just use it on my flat nose pliers as they’re the one’s I use most for gripping the wire when I make spirals or open loops. I have used it on my round & chain nose pliers but find it tends to get in the way a bit (that sounds daft but you know what I mean!)

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

    I do know what you mean! Thanks, Spiral Chick! :D

  25. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    Love your earrings! Especially the spirals!

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    Mia P says:

    Beautiful!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Thank you Deborah & Mia P :)

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