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Drop Earrings..

About this design:

It has been a long while. I have been caring for both parents (both of whom have been and are quite ill), so I have mostly been busy with that and learning how to work with wire a bit more and being less afraid of trying new things (such as leaving recently torched bare copper sitting in ketchup to remove firescale - the fact that it is so effective was a tad horrifying). Having a few hours spare last week, I made some earrings for some loved ones who were visiting from interstate.

With the copper (headpins made with torch and used for earwires and earrings themselves), cleaned of ketchup clutched in my hands, I set to work. These were mostly experiments and practicing making ear wires. I will freely admit that with the earrings with the copper washer, I actually like the earwires more than I like the earrings.. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to take a side on photo, but they are little hoops.. I am currently going through tiny seed beads making more of them in various colours to keep as spares.

The copper washers and bead caps were hammered and textured with some old coins (hammering is a terrific way to relieve stress and anxiety - and I hammered these things to within an inch of their lives as you can tell from the messy patterns on them), then dipped into LoS and sanded with 2k wet sandpaper then sealed. The silver and copper earrings, I did not dip in LoS as I quite liked the patina on them (I left them out to the humid elements overnight after their ketchup bath, before sealing the wire)..

A note on the ketchup.. I found it worked really well after several bad experiences with vinegar and salt pickle to remove the firescale from the torch, but it can take several hours - keep it outside as it starts to smell after a couple of hours.. Treat it the same way as with any pickle - give it a good rinse and then into baking soda to neutralise it as per usual.


From Lima Beads: Copper wire, tiny bead caps that I used patina guilders paste on it (tucked under the light blue African recycled glass beads), Czech flower beads, Waxed Linen thread 3 ply in butterscotch (my absolute favourite), coconut rounds.. ************ Ghana recycled glass beads (the light blue orb and the light grey disc beads), Indonesian recycled glass beads (the blue ones with the little waxed thread dangles),carved bone beads (these are so tiny!), Indonesian seed beads, African Turquoise and Garnet nuggets - all from Etsy.

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  1. Annabel
    Annabel says:

    I do apologise, having spent upwards of 25 minutes trying to fix the sideways orientation of the photos, I have given up trying to have them appear the right way up. Nothing seems to be working.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Annabel, so sorry to hear about your having to care for both parents. I can empathize with you after having gone through caring for my mom. I’m am happy to see that you have managed to get these beautiful earrings made. I love the blue ones and the silver and copper pair. I love mixed metals for myself, but not sure how others that I make pieces to share with feel about mixed metals.

  3. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Annabel, your earrings are adorable. It’s easy to see that you spent a lot of time working on them. I’m sure it’s very difficult caring for your parents, but you’ll only have this one opportunity to do so. Cherish those moments. I’m happy you can take some time for yourself. Beading can be great therapy for your soul!

  4. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    These are beautiful and unique. Love them all!

  5. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Wow Annabel – It’s hard to pick out a favorite pair. They’re all so pretty. I love both of the blues – the upside down pear and the disk with the cube beads (the hammered copper bead caps are great). And the gray ones with the saucer beads are just lovely. Great work.

  6. kye
    kye says:

    It’s so good to see you back Annabel. I hope your parents are doing well and feeling better. All your earrings are so special. I agree with BLE it’s hard to pick a favorite pair. They are all so distinctly different. I hope you have time to post again. I learn so much from your informative explanations. Beautiful work. :)

  7. Annabel
    Annabel says:

    Thank you so much for the kind words.

    Life is quite difficult at the moment as both parents are quite ill and require full time care. And with two teenage boys, who are thankfully very understanding, it gets a bit tricky. But we manage!

    These last few months, I have pretty much just been learning how to do things with copper and metal. And slowly learning to work with argentium silver (making headpins is a joy, so quick!) and am in the process of learning to solder copper (just ordered the boards). And I am kind of finding out what works for me. I love making earrings, but I hate making the earwires individually when required, so I have taken to making a heap at once, sealing them and everything, ready for use for later when required. And in doing so, I am learning to make different shapes and not be afraid to try new things.

    I am desperate to try some new necklaces that I have images of in my head, but that will take some time.

    I do, however, need to hammer blanks less, to get a more defined design.. Instead of what I am doing now, which is essentially hammering things to within an inch of their lives on coins and it ends up looking a bit messy. I’ll get it eventually. :D

  8. Annabel
    Annabel says:

    Still trying to master posting images on this site the right way up though..

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Annabel, I’m so glad to see your post. I really like all the earrings and the special details to each that you added to them. Please keep finding time to refresh yourself and post as it is a big boost & encouragement when things get overwhelming. It’s great that you are learning new techniques (by the way, thanks for the ketchup tip), and finding what suits you best in the world of making jewelry. Also wanted to mention, I love the hammered washers, and don’t think they look overworked, but rather quite fantastic with the application of the LoS. Hang in there, and know we do miss when you’re not around in the gallery–Hugs

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Robin, I wanted to say thanks for your words to remember…..

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Annabel’s Adventures with Copper and Ketchup. Add the hammer and you have a great solution for dealing with stress. Having been through a similar situation with my husband I am amazed you have the energy to experiment and learn new techniques.

    Your ear rings have beautiful uncluttered designs with great color. They are perfect for autumn or for that matter any time of year. Keep on creating every chance you get.

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