Before we see the last of the Summer ...
here's an earrings project to keep up
the 'summery' spirit:
C H E R R Y
E A R R I N G S
I'm currently working on a future
book, packed with earrings projects
but this one didn't make it, so I
thought I would share it with you.
I used: 2 x 8mm Strawberry (not Cherry!)
Quartz Beads, 0.8mm silver wire,
2 x earrings posts, round and flat nosed
pliers and wire cutters.
Begin by cutting 5" (12.5cms) of 0.8mm of
silver wire. Fold the wire in half and
using your flat nosed pliers, squeeze the
doubled wire together, straightening the
ends so that they run parallel.
Use your round nosed pliers to curl the very
end of the doubled wire into a complete circle.
Bend the doubled wires into a curve, using
a pen (or similar mandrel).
Separate the wires and thread a bead
onto one. Create a spiral at the
very end, curling it towards the bead.
Flatten the spiral onto the end of the
Repeat with the other projecting wire:
threading with the second 'cherry' bead
and creating a flattened spiral terminal.
Spend a little time re-arranging the
wires, so that you are totally satisfied with
the overall shape of Earring.
Finally, connect onto ear wires ...
NOW - for some variations on this theme
and I'm sure, you'll be able to come up
with some more ...
(Above) Who needs beads for this
very simple variation!
However, beads can add that extra decoration
I hope you have fun experimenting
with this project ... and if you DON'T feel like
making earrings, why not create this as a pendant