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Ear Rings with Hammered Wire

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These two pairs of ear rings were made with textured red brass and copper wire. When I started with them it seemed like a nice straight forward design. The wire had a different idea. It wanted to curve side to side and bow in the middle. Guess who won? We compromised with a little curve and small bow.

These ear rings don't really look like much when they are still but when they are worn they sparkle and flash. How about a little bling?


12 and 14ga red brass wire, 14ga copper wire, a textured bead and surgical steel and niobium ear wires

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  1. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    These are super!! Simple and classy!

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    LRC – These are so fun. I like the idea of bling. Designs are great. Do you think you could bend that metal to make an alpaca?

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Well… I don’t know about an alpaca. Maybe a profile of one. I’ll get back to you on that.

    Thanks sweetjane and BLE. Glad you like the ear rings. They are super light weight with a lot of movement

  4. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Look great! These would look good with necklace too! Bling is always good!

  5. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You are so right, Robin. Bling is always good. It is one of my favorite colors.

  6. kye
    kye says:

    Very cool simple designs. I can kinda see what you mean by flash when they move. Makes them extra fun to wear.

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Nancy, You did a fantastic job with the hammering–love the texture. I also like the simplicity of design because they can add a very stylish look to any outfit. My hammering skills of wire/metal are a sad sight to see–I know not to over work it–but…. Do you have any good tips?

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    CC, Practice, practice, practice. One of my painting teachers, many long years ago when I was in college said, “Stop 15 min. before you are done.”??? Never quite figured that one out.

    I think the best advice I can give is lots of practice and stop every so often, step back and look at what you have at that point. If you are not sure walk away and leave it for a half hour or so then come back to it and just look before you do anything more. Turn it sideways, up-side-down and look at it from every angle. I know, it is a slow process, but it generally works. If all else fails put it in the closet for a week then take it out and just look at it. Try to see it for what you have even if it is not what you wanted. Evaluate it on its own merit.

    When you have studied it till you are cross-eyed and crazy put it with the scraps and come back to it much later.

    Didn’t mean to give a lecture. That’s what happens when you have been a teacher for over 40 years…. you just run on……. Old artists never die they just loose their perspective.

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Good advice for sure. Sometimes I’ll make a necklace….hate it….put it in a box to work on later….after having forgotten about it for months or a year….pull box out wondering what’s in it….and wonder why I didn’t like it and put it in the box to begin with! A fresh look can do wonders for our overly critical view of our own work. I’ll apply that technique to the metal work also–Thanks!

  10. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    LRC, You are spot on with your advice-and its advice that works. I am using that advice with my granddaughter regarding her beading and art work. Shes too quick to just throw it away. And while I’m doing that we learn a new word to describe (i.e. refurbish, reclaim, etc). As a grandmother you learn what precious time there is to teach a child the love and value of learning some kind of craft like beading, painting, quilting, etc.-something besides their phone and games. ok- enough sentimental thoughts!

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