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Sparkling Aluminum Earrings


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I came across this flat aluminum wire in Michael's and was immediately struck by the possibilities. I discovered to my pleasure that it hammers and textures beautifully, is lightweight, and once work-hardened, is quite strong. The coloured wire loses its colour when hammered but in a beautiful, subtle way that suggests a patina. This fabulous little pair of earrings is colourful, light, and catches the light gorgeously. By changing the colourway, size, and number of beads, you can create many fetching pairs of earrings that will be great for sale, for gifts, or to match that perfect outfit! 35+ crisp, close-up photographs in two dozen steps capture the process for making these irresistible little gems. I write my tutorials for the absolute beginner. Here in addition to the design itself, I talk about creating symmetry with earring designs and how to properly open and close purchased ear-wires. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY To complete this tutorial you should have basic knowledge of wire tools. I'll show you the rest!

Supplies Needed

  • 3-4" of 16ga flat aluminum wire in any colour
  • 12-16" round artistic wire in 26 gauge
  • 3-4 pairs of matching beads in any colorway

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Gayle Bird Designs
Gayle Bird Designs
I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making jewellery! The two are combining beautifully with my online tutorials. Through all the art forms I've explored - painting, digital art, clay sculpting, web design, paper art, and calligraphy - my love of colour has guided me to new discoveries. Now, over a decade of self-teaching has produced my distinctive, spontaneous style of wire-sculpted art jewellery. My pieces weave non-tarnish wire around a wide range of stimulating materials. The warmth of semi-precious gemstones, the unlimited, variegated colours of firepolished glass, and the fascinating textures & history of beach glass all lend their own character to each one-of-a-kind creation. In my steampunk-inspired line, the patina of vintage, salvaged materials contrasts sharply with the bright & modern designs in the surrounding wire. I love to create and I love to teach and share with others. I hope I can help you find a new technique or pattern you'll love!