I came up with a design that I call “In Balance”. I make three loops in a piece of wire, one on each end and one in the middle. The middle loop connects to a pendant or an earring. With the outer loops, I carefully design the drops for either side so that when hanging, the two drops balance each other and it hangs evenly. It takes a bit of trial and error to get just the right stones, bails and chains so that the item balances. -Mark
I came up with an earring design that I call “Trapped Bead” earrings. The earrings are “trapped” in the ear wire, they can’t fall out no matter what. I like making these because they are simple yet elegant and can be worn in almost any setting.
The earrings start out as a length of wire and some beads.
The wire gets cut into either 3 1/2 or 4 inch lengths. Then I make a 90 degree bend about 3/4 of an inch up from each wire.
Next the beads are inserted onto the long end of the wire. I use the round nose pliers to form a loop at the tip of the short side of the wire.
Using a ring mandrel, I bend the ear wires into loops.
The top of the hoop gets hammered to make it flat, adding dimension and strength. The tip of the ear wire is also flattened .
And the result is a pair of “Trapped Bead” earrings.