I started my crafty life as a jewelry maker and beader. Did you know that? My early jewelry attempts were hilarious and lumpy, but still much loved and often worn. In my current jewelry collection I have tons of jewelry that I made years and years ago. I love that jewelry, but sometimes it makes me crazy when I look at the workmanship.
I recently took down a pair of earrings to wear and then had to take a few minutes to re-make them. My wire working skills are much better than they used to be.
Here's a peek at the before (right) and after (left):
As you can see, the old version of the earring (I did not make the bead by the way, I simply purchased it) consists of a purchased earring hook and a purchased head pin wonkily wrapped into a circle. The new version is a single piece of wire, neatly shaped into a triangle and then formed into a hook. I hammered the earring hook portion, both to work harden it and because I like the look of hammered metal.
My new earrings are much prettier -- to my eye -- than the old ones:
Still room for improvement, of course. I suppose I'll probably end up remaking them in another ten years! ;)
And here I am, showing off my naked lady earrings:
If you like art projects that are easy, then be sure to come back tomorrow when I'll share a quick tutorial on how to make your own ten-minute earrings!
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