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Fashion Notes: Sterling and sapphire earrings

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 14, 2008 2:49 PM (Eastern)

sterling silver and sapphire earrings

Here is my weekend project...and part of the idea I had for this year, that I would make fewer...few, even...better pieces. (My next step is metalworking, but that isn't going to be this year.)

I used the Midori Jewelry hoop design, with a slight twist. When I did these hoops, for some reason the wrap at the top wasn't tight. If I grabbed the short end and tried to pull it out, it pulled out. I went through all the niceties of pressing the wrap with my pliers, nothing worked...finally, figuring I had nothing to lose, I put it on the block and started hammering the wrap with a metal hammer. Voilà!

For the sapphires, I went with grade over size, so these stones are really quite small, but translucent, with areas of transparency. Most precious stones you see in handmade jewelry are opaque, for obvious cost reasons. In the sense I had to use a lot of them to make an impact, but I think it was a good decision. The color in the finished piece is unmistakably sapphire blue.

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3 comment(s)
January 14, 2008 2:54 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I'm mired in a project too, though not as much fun. I'm tailoring my skirt to fit properly, and velvet is not happy about being sewn.

And hey, those hoops on the bottom will you give you more places to attach stones, should you want it, so I'd say it's a good design if you ask me.

January 14, 2008 5:21 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Poo, "I'd say" and "if you ask me" are redundant. Too bad you can't edit comments.

I had a (very) small brain wave. If there was some way to add a horizontal bar across the big hoop, across which you could hang the little ones? That way, you'd have them more evenly spaced since they're hanging vertical, and they'd be inside the bigger circle. You'd still have a similar effect, but you'd have much more control over the placement of the stones.

January 15, 2008 1:11 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

On this design, no...the hoops are too small to do anything inside them. I tend to make bigger earrings, but these were deliberately small. The challenge was to get the stones to show up on small earrings, and have them show with the "hair factor"...hence, the idea of putting the stones on the bottom.


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