Photo above...New project made from a past "failed" project. A pair of classic black & white earrings.Not long ago I was struggling with a project, just couldn't seem to get things to come together, well more like couldn't get them to "stay" together.
Photo above...The Mess !! My pile of inspiration and a dream that wouldn't go from vision to reality.
The project was supposed to be a necklace and I was using some handcrafted jumprings that I fabricated from copper filled, silver coated wire however the rings kept opening up. Twenty gauge wire should have been strong enough but I overlooked the fact that it was a copper core wire, which takes a bit more effort to harden. Pounding the wire with a hammer worked but it also created a flat jumpring, not the look I was going for.
Anyway, following the advice of a number of my blogging friends, I decided to put the project on hiatus...but! Yes there's always that "but" isn't there? But I found myself drawn to those black and white drops that had already been crafted and I hated to bury them in my "to get back to at a later date" drawer. I have projects in that drawer that date back to 1999 !!!
Photo above...Black and white Czech glass disc beads that I had made wire wrapped bails for.
Sooo I used those drops along with some new, hardier 18 gauge, ready-made jumprings and fashioned a pair of swinging earrings with them. The earring hooks are 20 gauge sterling silver and are handmade by me. I like to craft my own ear wires as I can embellish them to suit the design. Here I've added a small 4mm black glass bead to each wire.
Photos above and below...Finished earrings. I call them "Day & Night". They salvaged those neat little disc beads that I had spent so much time crafting bails for and make me feel like that time and effort was not totally lost.
These have a lot of movement to them and even though there seems to be a number of beads and wire on the earring, they are not at all heavy.