I adore these very rustic discs that Diana P makes (find some here and here, here and here.). After making these earrings, I bought a couple more pairs because I love them so much.
To make these, you will need:
-Glass headpins by moi (Jen Cameron) that look their best when viewed from the top down (some look better from the side). I have no headpins listed right now, but probably about 50 of them sitting in a box in my studio if you're interested.
-Ceramic Discs by Diana Ptaszynski (Suburban Girl Studio)
-Ear wires (I used Vintaj)
-plus basic pliers, hammer and bench block. Possibly wire cutters
Just a warning, it will take longer to read the directions than to make a single earring.
-If you are particular about length, measure about 3/4" to 1" length of wire from behind head. Otherwise, eyeball it. The length is determined by personal preference and also how far from the edge the hole of the disc is.
-Bend wire at the length determined in the last step. Gently fold wire into a U with the disc at the bottom of the U and glass head on the short wire side in the front of the disc.
-Bend the end of the wire containing the glass head and cross it over the other leg of the U. Decide where you would like the wrap would be. Grasp both legs with needle nose pliers and wrap the head around the other leg until it's facing the front again.
-It should now look like this:
-Then you will make a loop to hang from the ear wire. Bend wire to one side.
-Make loop using round nose pliers.
-Once you've done that, you will make messy wraps above and below the glass head. This adds an interesting design element and locks the head into place.
-I hammered the loop holding the discs and the loop holding the ear wires for this pair.
-Repeat for the 2nd earring.
-Wear them. Or gift them, if you can stand to part with them...
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Have fun with this and show me what you make!