While I enjoy the challenge of doing very detailed work with intricate coiling and sculpting I also enjoy reaping the rewards of simplicity from time to time. After working on the upcoming Rainbow Wrap tutorial I need a break from all of the coiling and weaving … it was time for something simple. I also needed a creative fix void of the pressures of tutorial making. I decided to play with my hammer and copper wire.
Textured metal work has always appealed to me. I even bought the tools to experiment with it a few years back (hurricane Ivan to be exact) and still I never really did much with it. I decided now was the time …
After about thrity minutes of forming and hammering I had these two styles of simple earrings. While I could appreciate the simplicity, they still needed dressing up to me. They were just too lackluster. I gave it some thought for a bit and then decided that a simple bead embellishment was the way to go. To that end, I selected some 4mm facted carnelians and affixed them to the first pair of copper earrings.
You can really tell that these were the first ones I affixed the stones too. One side is a bit messy. From this pair I learned that I would prefer beads that were better rounded, so I searched my bead stash for some. I found several varieties of perfect 4mm rounds that have not seen the light of day for some time. I was glad that they were still there. I made two pair of the smaller simple spiral earrings. On the first ones I added lapis lazuli, which I really like against the copper.
Overall, nothing grand, but I really liked the results. Plus these are so easy to make that I can see myself creating some nice bread and butter items for my shows. Something that I can price very reasonably that doesn’t take me a lot of time or material to produce but I can still net a decent profit on. However, before I get too enthusiastic and make 25 pair of earrings or something, I think I’ll test them on the market first.