They make my fingers itch because I want to try them out!
In fact, I saw one earlier this week where a lady had made a pair of earrings where she'd looped the wires in an interesting way. I can't, for the life of me, find that blog now (and, if I do later, I'll link to it!) so I can't show you what she did (darn it!) but I can show you a little of the influence she had on me. I went home last night and played a bit with my copper wire. Made a couple pairs of earrings and something else I'm pondering making into a necklace focal... we'll see... we'll see...
Now, the copper wire I used isn't craft wire. Oh, no! This is bought-it-at-Lowe's 18gauge copper wire! It's all bright and shiny and just as easy to work with as the stuff you buy in the craft store. Like I said, I made a couple of pairs of earrings but, because I'm at work and only have my iPhone right now, I only have the pair I decided to wear today (I'm keeping these for myself). Here's a couple of pics. Yeah, I left the wire shiny but that's because I don't play with the stuff all you amazing wire and metal smiths play with. I've read about a couple of ways to patina that don't involve liver of sulfer so I may try that on a later set of wires. Until then, :)
|Decided to use the Pantone suggested tangerine. It's a |
"see-thru" bead so the color doesn't photograph as
bright as it really is. Very nice.
|See? Looks more red than tangerine, but I swear it's tangerine!|
|Silver & copper... I dunno, but I don't have any copper|
ear wires. Guess I'll have to buy that Renaissance wax
to use on future copper wire jobs.