Earring Experiments

by Nancy Vaughan.
(San Diego, CA)

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Tiny Turquoise Beads

For the past 10 days or so I have been on a jewelry making binge. I’ve been experimenting with different shapes of ear wires plus using unusual shapes for the dangles.

I don’t normally make my ear wires but I saw some unusual shapes while window shopping on line and thought I’d give one style a try.

Earring Experiments by Nancy Vaughan  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Chain Links

However, making the shapes identical was more of a problem than I had expected. (Measure twice – cut once.)

While making the earrings I came across a very rustic chain I made many years ago.

Earring Experiments by Nancy Vaughan  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Chips on a Wire

Some of the links were quite different so I decided to take sections apart and see how they would work with the unusual shaped ear wires.

Then I found some beads that I had never used before. I have no idea how long I’ve had them but they were just the thing for earrings with a different style ear wire.

Earring Experiments by Nancy Vaughan  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Seed Pods

I really should inventory my beads. There is no telling how many styles and shapes I have over looked.

I guess that is a common problem for any one who has been making jewelry for over 10 years.

Nancy Vaughan

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  • Betty says:

    Thanks for posting your very interesting earring styles. I love all your ‘stuff’. Been following you since your Lima Beads post.

  • Nancy, the artistically angular shapes you’ve used for the earwires make your earrings more interesting. The seed pods with gold wire and beads were a particularly good choice. If I saw this collection in a shop or a booth, it would definitely catch my eye!

  • Sandy West says:

    Nancy, When I make ear wires, I try to make them while holding both wires together. That way they are symmetrical. I make a number of different styles. I also saw a tip once (don’t remember where) that suggested folding the wire in half, shaping the ear wires and then snipping them apart.

  • Esther says:

    esther.bloise@yahoo.com
    Good morning
    I love the earrings I am learning to do wire wrapping stones and such. Hope to see more of that.

  • Melissa says:

    Lovely variety! Love the shapes and combinations!

  • Lyone says:

    Nancy, I just LOVE that square/rectangle shape for ear wires. I use it a lot, too! I think it looks very modern.

  • Nancy Vaughan says:

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone.

    Sandy, I try to keep the wires together while shaping them but it seems like one is always slipping side ways. My fingers aren’t as agile as they used to be. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. (smile)

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