- Using some scrap craft wire of the same gauge as your good wire, measure the length of wire and then start forming it into the shape you’ve imagined.
- Cut off any excess wire and measure it. Subtract this from your original measurement and this will tell you how much you used to make your ear wire.
- Now put your formed ear wire in a photocopier and hit copy! This gives you a true-life template to put under your good wire as you form it, ensuring you get the same design and both your left and right wires will be exactly the same too!
- Don’t forget to write the length of wire you have calculated on the template so you always know how much to cut with no wastage.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
To look at it's a rather beautiful shiny silver metal, unfortunately it contains properties that cause contact dermatitis with LOTS of people particularly when it's worn in a piercing - ears being the worst. In fact, Nickel was voted Allergen of the Year in 2008 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I can’t believe how popular brooches have been just lately – people wanting to add some sparkle and colour to winter tops, coats and scarves .
I actually ran out completely – Yikes! So hence it’s a bit like ‘Brooch City’ on my making table this week.
Actually, I kinda managed to spread to most flat areas of my lounge … there’s been shells on the coffee table, various brooch components on the dining table, and a rather spectacular spillage of swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and seed beads on our hideous multi-coloured ‘80’s carpet (thank goodness for the lovely person who once gave me the tip of putting a stocking (pantyhose or tights depending on where you’re from!) on the end of your vacuum cleaner hose to safely retrieve them all.
Here are just a few ‘in progress’ pieces awaiting their backing and brooch findings. More colour combos to come…
Are you a brooch lover? What piece of clothing do you like to wear yours on?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
There are two ways most people do this - hydrocholric acid (ew yuck) or a grinder (possibly even yuckier). No way in the world will I ever use a chemical that is toxic to the environment and dangerous to me and grinding is downright messy and requires an extractor, respirator, safety goggles and probably overalls for good measure!
So I've been experimenting with different eco-friendly methods I've dreamt up and think I've hit on a winner that doesn't require too much elbow grease either.
To this ...
Not all done as I'm processing them in small batches, and these ones still need a little bit of work but I'm pretty darn happy with progress so far!
On the creating front, I was keen to use some beautiful deep purple silk chiffon ribbon I've had a while and combined it with some pretty chinese Amazonite rounds in the palest bluey green to make this knotted bracelet. It's super comfortable and I love the colour combo. What do you think? Shall I make more?
I have some great silk strings and other semi-precious stones I can use too