On a recent shopping trip I found some gemstone beads in a shape that really caught my attention. I only got one string, the zebra jasper -- but now I wish I'd have snagged more. They are fun to work with.
Today's project was a pair of earrings using the zebra jasper. When those were finished, I made a second pair of a different style, with matching pendant.
Process-wise, the first pair seem like magic to me. I found a simple jeweler's tip about how to blast the wire with a torch (1763 degrees F) to melt the end and create a ball tip after adding the bead to the earring. Normally, heat cracks or shatters gemstones. I made these earrings to test the tip -- and it worked. Cool!
The main wire is fine silver, hammered at the top. The decorative coiling above the bead and the handmade earring wire are both sterling silver. To see these in the store, click here.
Next, I made more earrings and a matching pendant using the same beads and basic design, but different style. These are sleek and small; very good for business or every day wear. I don't make enough of that sort of thing. To view them in the shop click here; below are pics of the set and detail from the back.
If you like these, I'd love to know which style you like better. Let me know!
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