Sometimes my Muse takes me on a scavenger hunt. Dropping little clues in front of me until I piece it all together. This happened recently at Bead Fest spring – let me take you through the process.
It started with these delicious enameled discs by Anne L. of Gardanne Beads. She had posted them in her FB sales group and I loved them – but what to do with them? So at Bead Fest I go to see them in person…
|enamel discs by Anne of Gardanne beads|
|Inspiration earrings by Melissa Manley|
Hey – Muse lights the light bulb! THIS style earring construction with THOSE enamel discs. OK! And it suits me – I like the inside of the discs where there are subtle color variations. You could use these discs facing either way… hang on. I will show you what I did. Its simple and ingenious!
|To engineer the earring….|
1. Cut 6″ lengths of wire. Ball the ends. Pickle and or polish as you normally do…
|Endless opportunities: (from top left) copper flower spacer, vintage Lucite flower, turquoise, hematite flat rondelle, sterling bead cap, copper and mother of pearl heist bead.|
I have a motley collection of leather bits and pieces – from Lindsay and other friends that work in leather. I love a little piece as a contrast, and a new texture. Now – using this amount at a time I have enough to last me a dozen life times…
3. Decide on your combinations and thread them all together on your balled wire.
|first batch ready to go|
|scraps of leather for a visual contrast|
4. Slide on an 8 and a crimp, snug against the disc. Squeeze it flat with pliers. Hard. This secures your pieces against the head pin.
5. Shape your ear wire. Hammer/ work harden the ear wire at the bend with your chasing hammer. Now your ear wire will maintain its shape during wear.
|Form the ear wire shape. Get a manicure!|
Now – my local gallery had been asking me for more enameled earrings… so this is very timely. These pretties are off to The Palette and the Page this week! Its a pleasure to work with such gorgeous components and I hope you find this informative and/or inspirational. Until next time…
|Ready to deliver to the gallery|