Monday, April 15, 2013

Brandy Opals

I honestly forgot how much fun it is to make your own earring hooks. There's so much design freedom!!

Brandy Opals - Ooo La La

Fat Pinkie for scale
Generally, use a 20 - 18 gauge wire for earring hooks. 18 gauge can be uncomfortable for some, but I've sold over 500 18 gauge hooks and not gotten a single complaint, so it can't be that bad!

Tumble in a tumbler to harden them up. Don't forget to use a cup burr on the ends so they're nice and smooth in your ear.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Simple Earring Studs

I've been very bad and I haven't gotten a lot of jewellery work done. The stuff that I've finished, I've been lazy about and haven't photographed.

Well, I finished this lovely earring set:

I'm quite happy with them! They're a pretty decent size, 15x20mm, and are almost feel non-existent when you're wearing them. They're a very unique shape, and I've gotten a lot of compliments on them when I've worn them around the city!

I adore these earrings.. I feel like they really demonstrate that you can make unique, lovely jewellery using just about anything, including pre-formed components.

I bought these soldered rings from my work, and added my own studs to them. It wasn't a headache to make, it went quickly, and I got a lot of bang for my buck. How can you really have anything to complain about at that point?

I have them listed here:
Blackmaille Jewellery

I need to remember to keep it simple. If I don't keep it simple, it doesn't stay enjoyable.