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Copper Swirl Drop Earrings

About this design:

I rarely make earrings for myself—I guess I always reach for my silver or gold hoops. I needed some earrings that were a bit longer since my hair is now at my shoulders & hasn’t been cut since the pandemic started almost two years ago.

Bending, swirling, and hammering wire is a lot of fun! Although these are not a new concept, I settled on an interchangeable pair. The ear wires are made so you can slip on any type of drop & change them out as needed. I made a few drops of varying colors just to see how this would work—but I’m sure I’ll make many more of differing styles. I do enjoy multi-purpose jewelry!


18 gauge copper wire, Misc beads for drops: Picture Jasper, Citrine, Agate, Sodalite, Lapis, Czech druks, Magnesite, Czech deco seeds, AC findings

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  1. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    So do I! These are wonderfully versatile and your hammered swirl design is very cool!

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Great swirled and hammered wires enhanced by wonderful bead drops. These make my fingers itchy to try something similar.

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Lovely earrings Crystal. What a fun, innovative idea. So fun to change up your earrings to match your outfit. I especially love the picture jasper drops.

  4. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Crystal, what an awesome idea! I love all your drops and I’m especially fond of copper – I think you hit the home run on this! My favorite drop- we’ll I can’t decide – love them all!

  5. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    What a great idea Crystal!! I had just enough 18 g wire to make a pair for me. My friend Debbie was over today and I told her to see what color or stone she needed for earrings. This is a great gift idea. Thanks for posting this.

  6. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    I like the idea of interchangeable jewelry. Fancy fancy ear wires. You did such a good job on those. Do you like hammering? I hate doing it. Probably just because I like peace and quiet. But I like the look. All these stone drop components are great. Oh yeah, I kinda gave up on my hair with the pandemic too. My idol Betty White says she has no idea what color her hair is and she has no intention of finding out, LOL, but I now know my true hair color, and you know, I kind of like it. It’s more of a Nordic blonde than a Swedish blonde and it has grown since I stopped abusing it so much.

  7. kye
    kye says:

    These are wonderful! And how great that you can interchange them. So versatile and cool! Love the spiral earwires too. Perfect way to display all those beautiful stones!

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Multiple choice drops and fancy ear wires. Love ‘em.

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thank you all for the encouraging comments. Jane, I’m so glad you were inspired and made a pair for yourself! They are so easy to slip on, and they hang in such a way that they are visible with longer hair. Thanks again everyone!

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