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Yay or Nay?

About this design:

I have some black aluminum artistic wire that I decided to play with to see what I could come up with in terms of earring designs. I have never had any beading or wire work classes, and very few tools to use to make a design. I used round nose pliers and my hands to bend the wire.

I made two different designs, but I can't decide if I like them. I thought I'd ask here to see if there were any suggestions.

What do you think? Should I try again or are these interesting?


S-shaped: wire, crystal beads Coiled design: wire, sandcast tube beads, horn beads

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    D Luczak says:

    Those s shaped earrings are Fab!! I would definitely rock those :) I also have never taken any classes in beading or wire work either. I have been thinking about taking some at my local craft store but I’m undecided. I think you did a wonderful job on these :)

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, Danielle! The S-shaped ones were fun to make…and the ones I liked the best too. ;)

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    K H says:

    Great wirework!!!!! I am pretty much self taught from web surfing. I have several pairs of pliers, a bench block and hammer and my hands. :)

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, K H! I appreciate your feedback. :D

    I’ve learned from looking at the designs here, trial and error, and a few tutorials on the web. I like beading because there are endless possibilities! I think I need to get different pliers mine scrape the color off the wire, what is a bench block used for?

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    K H says:

    It’s a block of metal…mine is a 4×4 piece of hard steel that cost about $15…available at bead and craft supply shops. Serves 2 purposes…a hard surface to pound against so you can get nice pieces of flattened or hardened wire, AND it protects you tabletop from the hammer.

    It’s easy to spend a fortune on tools. I suggest that you check with friends to see if anyone has a steel block that’s not too banged up. I suggest you go to Ace or similar hardware store to get a small hammer and several rolls of copper wire. I would get 16, 18, 20 & 22 Hague. After a bit of practice you can get some brass and steel wire too. Get a set of pliers from a craft store and set the aside just for wire work. You can buy expensive nylon jaw pliers, or you can pad the tips of your cheap pliers with masking tape or a produce called tool magic. I have several wire cutters, but a set of nail clippers from Walgreens will make nice cuts in tight places. Don’t get the cheapest clippers…they won’t have the oomph to cut wire. The $2 beauty brand clippers work better than the $1 non-brand. I use nail boards for buffing. A disposable lighter works to warm the wire (name brand ha a better flame). You can add tools as your skills progress, but these will get you started.

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    I love the s-shaped ones too! Also, thanks KH for the tips. I am also a newbie and self taught from the Internet. Am thinking of asking for a class or two for my birthday.

  7. Violet
    Violet says:

    What great creativity, you are doing great for a beginner !!!
    I like them all, but I think my favorite is the second pair .
    Keep up the good work !!

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Beautiful work. I like both them them. Especially like the black/white beads. :)

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    Nancy Mc says:

    Wish there was an edit button on here. Oopsie!

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks everyone for your feedback!

    K H- Thank you! I appreciate all the information. It is really helpful. I have a really old set of wire cutters that I got from a toolbox that works well for me for now…. ;) It’s always great to learn new things. Thanks again it is much appreciated.

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I’d say you have been quite successful with your experiments. I particularly like the second pair of ear rings.

    Have fun with your experiments. Try crazy ideas, weird twists and bends, combinations of coils and loops, be open to happy accidents. Some times you win, sometimes you bomb out but every experience is worthwhile. Play, play, play! And most of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. :D

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks for the encouragement and tips everyone! I greatly appreciate them.

  13. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Especially with wirework, the more you work with the material, the more you learn about it’s properties and capabilities. So, yes, play play play. What I see in these two pair of earrings is a good sense on balance in the designs. One technique that I’ve used when unsure about whether I like something or not is to leave it out somewhere…a desk, or countertop…that I will pass by numerous times a day and just give it a glance. Very often after repeated viewings, I’ll see some small thing to change or edit that will make all the difference.
    Best wishes on your explorations!


  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Addendum to Lynda’s advice… Put the ear rings away and don’t look at them for a week. Then when you do look at them you’ll be able to really see what you have. It may not be what you had in mind but it might be even better.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, LRC and Lynda! I appreciate the input. That is great advice.

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    JC Hamm says:

    I like both pairs as well, you did a great job. I played around with some wire and made 1 pair. Now of course I want to try to do more and with the great advice I got from here I’ll be playing alot more. Love this site!!!


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