I love just love these silver earrings and I wanted to give you a little peak into the process of how these earrings are made. Choosing the correct wire is pretty important as it gives an earrings with a different look depending on the thickness of the wire. It's also extremely important to measure the length of the wire exactly; if the wire lengths don't match, the earrings won't match and that is not good. So the lengths of wire are soldered together then pulled in opposite directions to form a sort of oval shape. Next the ovals are "pinched" in the middle and soldered at the pinch. Again, the measurement as to be precise. Mismatched earrings are not what we are going for here. Next step, fold the pinched shape around a mandrel so that the ends of the oval overlap. Even up those overlapping oval ends and solder that area - this can be tricky; I don't want the whole silver earring to collapse at this point, which I have had happen before! It's just a balancing act to get everything supported and soldered. The picture above right show the silver earrings completed but not cleaned up. Below are the earrings cleaned up, ready to price and pack!
I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!