Earring challenge 3 & 4

AJE Earring challenge Week 3

Time for the second reveal of the AJE earring challenge. The first 2 weeks of this challenge made me realise how I had become stuck in a bit of a rut earring wise so I wanted to work on that a bit. Also I wanted to work on finishing my metal components. I have always use bought findings but this challenge has really made me want to play with all of the elements of my jewellery so I needed to learn how to file, sand and polish properly.

The first pair uses some of my own lampwork beads. These are lentil shape with lots of silver glass which has a mother of pearl effect where it is cased with clear glass and shiny metallic effect where it is not encased. I love this colour aqua with copper but I also wanted some silver to complement the metallic finish on the bead so I combined the two. I made the silver ear wires and the headpins so I can honestly say that all the elements are handmade by me which is a lovely feeling. My wrapping of the copper wire improved dramatically on the second earring and my finish on the ear wires has also improved, I still have a way to go but I am definitely getting better.

Aqua bead earrings wire wrapped with copper and silver
Lampwork Earrings AJE Week 3

AJE Challenge Week 4

This week I wanted to continue working on my metal finishing and also to create a dangle earring with a stud wire instead of a hook wire. For some reason I detest wearing hook wires in my ears, don't know why I just always have. I am actually going to wear these earrings to test their comfort factor, I want to see if the beads are too heavy for this kind of finding.

Again these are my lampwork glass beads in a juicy red with a flash of gold sparkle and some of my hand pulled murrini. I used bought stud ear wires on these but I am edging closer to soldering, better alert the fire brigade!

red lampwork dangle earrings with stud fitting
Lampwork Earrings AJE Week 4

I have to say I am absolutely loving this challenge so far. It is really pushing me outside of my comfort zone and making me address areas of jewellery design and making that I hadn't considered before and that is always a good thing.

Aqua lampwork earrings with silver and copper
AJE challenge week 3

red lampwork dangle earrings stud fitting
AJE Challenge week4

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