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Opal in Chantilly Lace

Project Description

Who is this project for? Women What are you most proud of? For my first pair of tiny post earrings I made spiral earposts. But I didn't take into considerations that opals are translucent and the spirals would shine through. For these earrings I made earposts with a pad - still quite amateurish (I soldered a flattened beadcap and a headpin together), but I'm so happy that, thanks to Kate Richbourg's Micro Torch Basics class, I lost my fear of my torch :). What advice would you give someone starting this project? The bezels are basically one row of RAW stitch and the scalloped edges I've learnt from Perri Jackson's (ShaktipajDesigns) Rose of Sharon Tutorial (http://www.etsy.com/listing/112055690/rose-of-sharon-coiled-faceted-birthstone). They are not exactly "Roses of Sharon" as Perri teaches them in her tutorial, but I borrowed the concept and modified it slightly. If you want to learn more about beadweaving with wire I recommend Perri's Chantilly Lace Tutorial (http://www.etsy.com/listing/115814337/chantilly-lace-silver-wire-lampwork-and). The ring band is also Perri's Chantilly Lace. RAW with thread first, then practice with wire. The scalloped edge isn't difficult, but practice with Perri's Rose of Sharon tutorial. If you want to try spiral earposts you can learn how to make them from Bobbi Maw/MyWiredImagination's "Easy Peasy Earrings Tutorial" (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/jewelry/earrings/easy-peasy-post-stud-earrings/69930). Or use a prefabricated earring post with a flat pad.

What you will need

  • 9x7mm oval opal cabochons
  • 20g
  • 26g and 28g sterling silver wire
  • 2mm and 2.5mm sterling silver round beads

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