Handforged Wire Earrings

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Oh what a difference it makes when the sun is shining!  I was starting to wonder if we would ever have our beautiful fall weather in VA that I wait for every year!

The sunny weather has put me in the mood for some new earrings.  I’m tired of the same pairs I wear over and over.   I don’t know why I don’t make earrings more often?  They are so fun to create – pretty fast…  I sat down the last few days and made several fun pair using oxidized copper, red and yellow brass.

I am definitely getting the metalsmithing bug.  I really enjoy using my torches.  I love the fire, cutting, altering and hammering metal.  There are just so many possibilities.  Some of the techniques used in the earrings I made were disc cutting, texture hammering, torch firing, drawing a ball on wire, dapping, wire forming &  wire wrapping.

My personal style is fairly clean lined and minimal.   These are the simple kind of earrings I would wear on a daily basis.  I  have to say that the third pair is my current favorite.  They took me awhile to form to get the right shape and make them match – but I love how they turned out.  They are fun to wear because they are light and have great swinging movement.  I think I will be making more earrings in the next few days.

I hope your creations are going well (whatever they may be) and the sun is shining on you.  Have a great weekend!

17 Comments

  1. My favorite is your favorite! I love them all but especially that pair. They’re clever and original and minimalist. All things I love. Beautiful work!

    • Thanks Sally! Minimalist is definitely my personal style. : )

  2. Beautiful work! Very inspiring…

  3. Beautiful!

  4. Tracy, you’ve been bitten by the wire and metal bug! 🙂 Your earrings are SO gorgeous!!! I’d wear them all in a heartbeat (not all at once!). 🙂
    I hope you have a nice weekend…we’re heading to Lancaster and then antiquing in PA!

    • Thanks Cindy!

      Enjoy the great weather. I can’t wait to see what you find in your travels. I really have to go look for treasures with you some time!

      Tracy

  5. I love your work and your blog! I’m new here but am having a lot of fun making bracelets. My inner creative is being released! Thank you for the inspiration. I want to work with metal. How did you start? How fun to torch and hammer!!

    • Thanks Sondra! I started by watching what others were making – like you. Then I purchased books on the subject. There are tons. I have also taken some live workshops and spent time on YouTube learning how to do specific things. Lots of time ordering and gathering materials and supplies – then lots of trial and error. It is lots of fun!

  6. Love your new earrings! What type of wire and gauge do you use and when making ear wires how do your harden the wire after you have shaped it? I have tried using copper but some of the wire got brittle and felt like it would break. I have a torch on my wish list. Maybe Santa will be good to me. I have been a very good girl this year! LOL

    • Thanks Heather. The best gauge for ear wires in usually 20. After they are shaped I just tap them with a rawhide or nylon hammer lightly to harden. Don’t wait for Santa! Get a micro torch at Sears or hardware store for about $30. : )

  7. Hi Tracy! Just found you througth Pinterest! Love your bracelets, earrings and your whole blog! Thanks for all the great tutorials!

    • Thanks Paula. Glad you found me. Thanks for commenting. Headed to check our your blog too!
      -Tracy

  8. I can’t believe I can get a torch for $30!! Wow, Thanks for the info about gauge.. I am anxious to try more metal work.

  9. Hey Tracy, I am doing a festival this weekend and would love to make the third earring….I still have time to put a few of those together. I must have a pair for myself! Can you give me some tips on the shaping? I found a couple of tutorials but I like yours better than the others.

  10. Sorry Tracy, I meant the last pair. Love that one! Thanks.

    • Hi Cindi.
      Very low tech you are going to laugh. I had seen a shape like this before and loved it. I just searched the house for an elongated crescent shape I could use. I shaped the long sides over an old toy of my sons. It is a sword like toy. Then I shaped with my thumbs. I used a thin dowel (thinner than a pencil) to get the curve where the earring will sit in the ear. The earring wire is about 3 3/4 inches of wire including the loop where the bead attaches. Hope that helps. Good luck with your festival!

  11. I was going through my husband’s tools in the garage trying to find something to make a guide. I thought there must be a better way, I’ll ask Tracy…..too funny! Thank you.

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