My facebook followers saw me post this shot of some earrings in progress and three women wanted a pair even before I got them finished!
So I got to work making extra sets so this one (that I took about a million pictures of) could go in the shop. They're made with hand fused and shaped fine silver on sterling silver ear wires. Here's the journey they go through to be finished earrings!
First the wire is fused and flattened. The hangers are shaped into ovals and bent. The circles get some texturing. Everything is polished by hand and then is ready for the tumbler. I kept the ear wires long so each woman could choose how long she wanted them.
It's a little hard to tell, but they have a more satiny finish before tumbling. I really like that look and can replicate it with the polisher after they're tumbled. Tumbling adds a little work hardening, but with this much hammering they don't need it. Neither do the ear wires since I use 1/2 hard wire for those and they're strong without the need for anything more.
And look at that scratch on my bench. Oh well, such is a jeweler's life.