52 earrings: #7 Selkie’s Trove, Part 1

I have a little bag of assorted labradorite beads that I’ve been planning to use, so I got some of those out for this week’s earring pair.

#7 Selkie’s Trove, Part 1

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The beads are all different sizes so I didn’t worry about trying to match them, I just made sure that the overall length of the trio was the same. I wire-wrapped them with sterling silver, and my earwires are sterling too. I made the little ball-ended headpins at the bottom – I’ve been making headpins of various sizes and materials using my Minor. Fine silver headpins are easy to make using my little soldering torch, but copper melts at a higher temperature so I could only get it to ball up reasonably just after refilling the torch, and only do a couple before the flame cooled again so I do copper ones on my Minor now. I did the sterling ones on there too in the same batch. I couldn’t find my Auflux so made them unfluxed and they’re a bit pitted but not too much.

Labradorite has a beautiful iridescence that comes and goes as you turn the beads around. I’ve managed to capture a little in the photo below. It makes me think of water on rocks and sealskin, hence the title. It’s part 1 because I think the trove should have other treasures in it too!

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 6 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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