Inching back & Quick Earring Recipe

by Libby on October 7, 2008

I’m slowly inching my way back into my normal schedule after a weekend away.  My nephew’s wedding was beautiful.  It was wonderful to be able to spend a couple of days with so much of my husband’s family in one place.  M did a reading during the wedding ceremony.  (the groom is her godfather)  She did a great job and even managed to walk around in her crazy tall spike sandals without any problem.  I, on the other hand, had on a pair of low heel sensible mommy shoes and my feet were still screaming.  LOL  Sorry no pictures.  One of these days I need to get a decent pocket sized digital camera.

Fortunately I found a pendant from 2007 that coordinated with my clothes for the wedding.  (Stewart Gill Byzantia paints & Jones Tones foils under translucent clay.  Sterling silver textured surface bezel)

Good thing too, I really didn’t leave myself enough time to make a special necklace for the wedding.  I did, however, make the quickest earrings ever.

The purple glitter beads were made by my friend, Jenn Dorion.  The color in my photo is off.  The beads aren’t as blue as they appear here.  I had been meaning to turn them into earrings for ages.

Here’s the “recipe” for these earrings:

Supplies:

  • 2 beads (the glitter beads I used were approx. 11 mm wide by 9 mm high)
  • 2 ball end headpins 3 or more inches long (I used 20 gauge wire)
  • 7/8 inch silver tube bead

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • cup bur or file
  • wire cutters
  • plastic or leather hammer

Slide the bead onto the headpin.  Slide the silver tube bead on next.  Use the pliers to bend the wire at the top of the tube.  Holding the wire in your pliers make a curving bend with the rest of the wire.  (I’ll try to add a picture here later when someone else is here to hold the camera)  Clip to desired length and file off any sharp edges at the end of the wire.  Work harden the curved section with a plastic or leather hammer.  You can also work harden the curved portion of the wire with your fingers, but it takes longer.

They were so quick I made another pair.  Modeled here by a semi-cooperative 13 yr old.

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