Freitag, 16. Januar 2015

"Bristly rose" - Earrings

This may be the first pair of earrings in this style I show you. But believe me I already made a lot of them over the past weeks. There is something in the dangling long form and the shape with the heavier top and small drop at the end that speaks to me. I even lost one from another pair I just had to keep for myself. Grrr. But I still may have enough of the right beads to make a second one again. 

They consist mostly of czech glass beads, new ones as well as old one. Therefor it is sometimes possible to recreate a second one after losing it (normally I won't repeat myself even in the rare opportunities where I could). But since I am also using vintage beads, beads from recycled jewelery, found objects and so on, this is not always the case.

I really like the colour combination with this opal blue beads popping out in the middle without disturbing the overall disturbance. Also it seems that nowadays I really prefer to create long earrings. But hey, they look good! ^^


  1. I love these earrings, Claire. I have a question for you. Do you antique your wire before or after wrapping? If after how do you keep the beads clean? I really enjoy your work and your blog.

    1. Thank you Nan! :) I am actually doing both depending on the project (and what I have available in that moment ^^). For these earrings I used already oxidised copper wire. I use some made by Rebecca (The Curious Bead shop at etsy) but mostly my own oxidised copper wire. For the oxidation process I use liver of sulphur gel and afterwards I add renaissance wax as protection. If I want to enhance the contrast I will gently buff the wire after the wrapping and then add another layer of renaissance wax. But I never had any problems if I oxidise my wire afterwards. I am neutralising using baking soda and wash them with a big volumen of water. As long as I am using glass beads (without silver coating or dots) I never ever had any problems. The glass is not attack by the liver of sulphur. I hope that helps :)



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