I've been eager to make more of my big, dramatic, silk wrap tribal style earrings for months now, finally doing it!! This batch is the result of a couple days of "wire wrestlin' " and visualization....
This earring style starts with (for most) long 16 or 14 gauge solid copper ball pins we've made in advance. The copper wire pins are the main body of the earring. I create the designs in one of two main styles; the "earwire" as part of the design, or a basic, French hook style wire is added later. Here, I've got two of each.
After all these elements are cleaned, oxidized & polished up, they'll be wrapped with recycled sari silk, some of which you can see in the background. I ordered some new colors a little while back, so I'm excited about trying them out...in particular, that iridescent reddish purple in the left of the above photo is just fantastic!! Then, they get wire wrapped in oxidized copper wire, with my signature glass seed bead "studding" and whatever gemstone embellishments rock the boat harder!
Hopefully, I'll have these ready for the Monsoon Art Storm at the Douglas, AZ Art Gallery this Saturday, the 25th!