Last week while gazing at my beautiful peridot stones, I thought: ‘What could I do with these??’ And ignoring the mess in the house, the kid on the computer, the cat tearing up my paper doors, I focused on some more…EARRINGS!! Combining copper wire, peridot, zoisite and crystals, I managed to make SIX pairs of these, and 4 pairs in reds and oranges.
I started out with 22g 1/2hard copper wire (purchased from Riogrande.com), handmade 26g soft copper wire head pins, 4mm faceted cut peridot stones and 3mm ruby in zoisite stones (though there honestly isn’t much ruby in them, that’s why they were in the sale bin!)
On my test run, I made the hoops first then added the stones, it was a bit tricky. Later on, I added the stones before I closed the hoops.
Slowly adding the stones to the hoop…the long way:
Since they turned out so pretty, I decided to make a whole bunch of them, and cut out the wire for it:
I wrapped up all the stones first and slid them onto open hoops before closing them off:
My original idea was just 4 dangly bits on the end, but they felt a little bare:
So I added a 5th dangle in the center with green dyed crystal and a peridot stone. The ear wires are all handmade in my studio out of the same 22g 1/2hard wire:
I really love how they turned out, these aren’t ‘small’ hoops, but using a thinner harder wire, I was able to get a sturdy frame without compromising on the weight, keeping them light and easy to wear!
Available on Etsy or Ecwid until supplies run out (2 pairs sold, only 4 left!)
And as I was getting bored with only working in the greens, I pulled out some fall colors for another set. These use gold rutile quartz, amber, garnet and prehnite to create a fall tree image:
Available on Etsy or Ecwid until supplies run out!