April 29, 2012

YOJ Week 17: Gemstone Flower Earrings

Yes, another week and more earrings!  Similar style, but I've got to say the practice is making this much easier. My finger tips are a little sore from all of the twisting though.  These flowers are very easy to make and
can be made with any number of petals.  I had been trying to make something like this for several weeks and I'm happy to finally have it working out so nicely.
I'm in a bit of a rush right now, so I'll have to add more information later.  Enjoy!

April 24, 2012

YOJ Week 16: Bouquet Gemstone Earrings

More earrings, more gems and wire twisting this week.  These earrings were fun to make, but a lot more challenging than most of the earrings I have made previously.  I am getting much better at twisting the wire and keeping it even.  If you twist too much, the wires break - and that happened several times during these earrings.  Also, if the gemstones weren't tight enough, they flop around and that doesn't look too good either.  There were several 're-dos' for that.

These are made with 14K gold filled wire - 26G if I remember correctly.  Twining all of the stems together and getting them to lay at the right height took some work.  It was nice that you could tweak the layout once they were bound together.  Originally, I had these earrings 'flared' out a lot, but I didn't like the way they looked in the photo so I smooshed them (that's a technical term) back together and it looked better.

I also experimented with my photos this week.  That can take as long as making the jewelry does sometimes, so I am trying to capture what I feel works and what doesn't.  Today was a cloudy day, so I took my pictures