Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Copper N' Amber go so well together


    I have been experimenting with copper for the last two years and exploring viking knit, and other treasured techniques, so I thought I'd make a pair of modern'ish copper earrings to go with some of my pieces. To tell you the truth, because the components are goldish-coloured, and the fact that I can't really afford to experiment in gold, copper is a great alternate to highlight these warm coloured hues.
As I am about to point out to you, there is no fancy wiring or soldering here at all. It is a simple tiny black "bead bumper" on the top of everything to hold everything in its place. They fit perfectly on this gauge of wire, a number 20 gauge, which by the way is the magic size or gauge for ear hooks. The bumper beads were purchased from BeadFX, as well as the 3" bright copper headpins, and the transparent amber coloured fire polished crystals.
 
    The lampwork beads are medium-sized beige beads with three altering rows of transparent amber bumps. The soft bumpy beads are my own work. The tumbled amber chips at the bottom come directly from the baltic sea. These two beads were roughly the same size, but they do have a slightly different colour tone. Real stones and semi-precious beads may have colour variations or differences, but I think this only adds to their authenticity. So unless you have both ears on the same side of your head, which no one does, no one will be the wiser to their actual colour variations. Until I pointed it out, I'd bet you probably didn't even realize that there was a difference... so you now know that you can count on my honesty from now on... at least I hope you will.

    I'd be happy to post pictures of all the steps involved in making these earrings, but I'd rather say that these originals will be up for sale in my Etsy shop.  I'd rather say they'll be available at the Northumberland Studio Tour this September 8th and 9th as well. I know I'll be making a pair set in sterling silver soon enough and perhaps I'll make a quick entry on how they are made at that time if I get a few requests. Until then, peace love and butterflies. I hope you'll share my page with others who will appreciate my candour and I hope it will inspire you to make a little something out of the ordinary.