One of my New Year things was to start using up my rather large collection of cabs, including some cab shaped pearl beads I've had for years. So I made a start with these copper earrings.
I rolled the copper through my rolling mill with a textured card to give it a lovely swirly pattern and combined the copper with pale pink pearl beads and a fine silver ball. The balls were a total pig to solder on as they kept wriggling around and refusing to solder on the flat side. I have no idea why they were doing this but after a bit of a battle I did get them soldered down in the end!
The second pair I made used part of some really lovely sterling silver bracelet toggle fasteners. I remember buying these on ebay several years ago after ebay sent me a voucher. I can't remember why they sent me a voucher other than I was a seller on there at the time. Anyway I bought the flower toggle fasteners as I used to make strung bracelets at the time but never used them all so when I had a tidy up last week I thought they were too pretty to ignore.
I cut the connecting ring off them and soldered them to textured copper then pierced out the copper sheet in the centre and trimmed the copper around the outside to echo the flower shape, added a hanging loop and earwires and oxidized. I think they're a bit unusual looking and I'm liking the negative space thing going on!
If you visit my Etsy shop today you'll see I'm having a 10% off sale! That's on everything including findings. Use the coupon code "ooh lovely" to get 10% off anything you buy from 6 January to the 6 February.
I enjoyed a bit of a break over Christmas but am now back to it with jewellery and findings orders again! I'm hoping to get some time to make more new pieces in the next couple of weeks including heart - themed pieces for Valentines.
Till next time....... ♥