Sunday, February 3, 2008

Design A Day : Day 5

My signature earrings in my online store are made of a single piece of sterling in which the earwire is incorporated in the design -either as a post or a hoop. (For examples, look here.)

I've always wanted to get more swirls in the design. But short of soldering (which is on my To-Do list of things to learn), what I've envisioned would be difficult to do.

For my Day 5 creation I've interpreted a design I would like to create by soldering, but I've done it using the technique of wire-wrapping:
I used 2 different gauges of wires. For the earwire part, I used 20 gauge which is a standard diameter for earrings. For the second set of swirls, I used a greater diameter, 18 gauge, so that I can get more dimension upon hammering. I used wire-wrapping to combine them to creat a single design.

One of the swirls falls just in front of the earlobe, and one of them falls directly beneath and slightly back. I think it creates a interesting and dramatic look. They're a good size too, being about 2 1/2 inches from top to bottom.

If you're interested in seeing more Design-a-Day creations, you can visit the group on Flickr.


  1. Gemheaven said...
    These are lovely - and soldering is actually easy once you have all the tools!! Go on try it!!
    Contrariwise said...
    It seems pretty daunting. Plus there' so many things to get.

    I really would like to see it done first. Then, I'll probably hit myself in the head saying, "why didn't I try this earlier!"

    (Time, time, time. That's all I need.)
    idyll hands said...
    I hope you know how fabulous those earrings are. Amazing!
    Anonymous said...
    Beautiful. So delicate.

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