Saturday, June 21, 2008

Stacked Spinner Earrings

Earlier this month, Deryn Mentock issued a challenge to join with her in a summer of projects using Mary Hettmansperger's new book, Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet. The first project in the book is a Spinner Stacked Necklace. We are to follow along, adapting each project to our own style. I decided on earrings, beginning with a pair of copper and sterling silver disks. I dapped, then oxidized the disks using my (mini) torch. I hammered and textured a short piece of 16 gauge sterling silver wire. I stacked the parts together using copper & brass spacers; then wire wrapped using 19 gauge dark annealed steel wire. I decided to use a small nugget of turquoise as a spacer between the wire wraps. (The forged and oxidized sterling silver earwires are not visible in the picture).
Take a look at Deryn's Project 1 ~ "Pure". Her work is truly inspiring, and she goes to great length to describe the steps she used in the project. Her instructions are so complete, you can come along with us without having the book.
The best part of all, participants (in any or all of the challenges), will have an opportunity to win one of her completed projects at the end.
How nice is that?

7 comments:

Chris said...

Lovely earrings! Looks like a fun series of beautiful pieces to create. I love the way you described what you did~~~

kansasrose said...

These are so cool! I love the rustic look to them...yes I like they way you describe the process. :) YOU ROCK!

ps I just gotta get my ears pierced girl! I'm such a chicken. You'd think after having 2 c-sections it'd be a breeze.

Daryl said...

So very bold .. love them ..

:-Daryl

albertapostcards said...

the turquoise paired with the copper is a great combination. These are lovely Diane. Very nice work.

Deryn Mentock said...

Diane, these are beautiful! I love that you made earrings with the technique. Very nice!

Beth Bricker said...

Love the earrings, and all the different types of metal used. Great job!
Beth
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MJ Alexander said...

Diane -

I love your interpretation of this project. These pieces are so elegant and bold. Great job!

- Molly