It’s ten to two in the morning, but I did finish my daily challenge – even if it is a bit late. I’ve got a horrible head cold and it’s made everything much harder today (even blinking hurts ). I had a good dose of sea breezes and sunshine this morning, going to the beach with my husband Chris (www.winterblood.com) and daughter; but I still needed a doctor … well, The Doctor, actually.
Tonight (UK time) was the last episode of Dr Who for this current series (no spoilers here though!) – by the time Little Miss was in bed asleep and Chris was home from work it was about 9:30pm and I just couldn’t wait any longer to watch it. So, the upshot of all this, is that I didn’t actually get to sit down at my bench till 11pm today!
When I first started making jewellery (for other people, anyway), I did a lot of wire-wrapped jewellery. In my scrap box are lots of pieces from that time which either I didn’t like, didn’t come out as planned, or have just been de-constructed as my skills improved and I wanted to make better pieces. The wire-wrapped hearts I used for these earrings were originally part of a necklace which didn’t come out as I had wanted. To start with, I tidied them up a bit, hammered them flat and soldered all the joins/wraps to make them more durable.
I just love the “heliotrope” Swarovski® crystal hearts – the colour is just amazing (blue with flashes of purple). To hang one from each upside-down heart, I created for each a triangle (with an opening at the bottom and point at the top) to act as a bail and soldered this onto the same gauge round wire. I sanded the front of the bail flat and soldered onto this a tiny silver heart, which I had cut out from thin silver sheet with my trusty saw and tiny blades.
As it was late and I couldn’t have the tumbler on without waking my daughter up; I used my wonderful silicone wheels to remove any firescale and then polish up the earring components. It was very quick to do and, although didn’t give the high-shine that the tumbler would have, I liked the more matt finish which contrasted nicely with the sparkle of the crystal hearts.
The round wire was used as a pin on which I threaded two silver round beads and a “dark indigo” Swarovski® crystal. A loop was added at the top and this was threaded through the loop at the bottom of the heart. An ear-wire was added to each earring.
Looking at the earrings now, I think there is more than a slight nod to Tardis blue about them. I’ve still got the sniffles, but at least I got to see one Doctor who made me feel much better today. 🙂