Monday, February 25, 2013

Wire-wrapped earrings

Hello there.  It's been awhile.  I'm not even going to come up with an excuse for my absence, though, because that would be very boring.  I'm here to post about these adorable earrings I made a few months ago.

I had planned to give these to my mom for Christmas, but I gave her an oil painting instead (which was obviously a better present).  I happily kept these for myself and they are my favorite earrings I own.  They were also really easy to make-- I found some earring hooks, these blue glass beads (briolette is the actual term) that had holes drilled across the top, and brass wire.  I used the wire to attach the hooks and then looped it around the briolette several times to finish it off.  The only thing I would have changed, though, is that I should NOT have used brass wire.  I had worked with copper wire in the past and it holds its shape nicely; not so for brass.  I became aware of this when I opened the package and the wire sprang out of it like my butt when I take off my skinny jeans.  As you can see, the wire wrapped around the briolettes only loosely-- not at all like the neat, tight wrapping I had in mind.