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I am an artist, wife and mother, paraeducator, yo-yo dieter, and small town country girl. I love singing in my church choir, computer time, beading and making jewelry. And I love enameling! There is something very magical about turning powder into smooth, shiny, and colorful glass.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Giveaway!


One of my customers to my supplies shop ordered extra long head pins from me and then asked for advice on making earrings using bead with holes in the center. I experimented and liked the earring I made and decided to pass the tutorial on to you. And I'm giving these earrings away! Entering this giveaway is easy, you can become a follower of this blog an leave a comment with your email so I can contact you if you're the winner! Or you can like my facebook page and leave a comment there, too. If you do both, you'll get two chances to enter.
       The enameled flowers were made with copper blanks and first enameled with a clear coat. I then put a layer of white, not too heavy, and fired it again. Then came two coats of transparent purple. I seemed to be obsessed with purple lately! The speckled layer of white causes the purple to be mottled and a bit rustic looking. 
       The next step is to make the head pins. I use 20 ga. argentium sterling wire and cut it to 2 1/2 in. long. I then lit my small butane torch. Put the wire into the flame at the edge of blue flame. If you can see a yellow flame behind the wire, you've hit the sweet spot! As the wire melts and balls up, move the wire down into the flame until you've got a 2mm. ball and slowly take it out.
Make two of these. Let the wire cool, then put it into the pickle solution for a few minutes.  Scrub it with the Penny Brite and then polish it by hand or put it into a tumbler.
      Put your head pin through your bead and put a seed bead or small bead behind it. Then bend the head pin at a right angle and down over the seed and focal bead. This will keep the focal bead upright. You may have to fiddle with it to get it just right.
Then create the ear wire above that. I use wire forming tools but you can also bend the wire over mandrel such as a pen. Snip off the ends of the wire until you like the length and smooth the edges. You've got gorgeous hand crafted earrings!

 This giveaway ends on May 1st and the winner will be contacted by email. Good luck!!

61 comments:

  1. I love your earrings :)

    kelly
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  2. very interesting - I don't know alot about jewelry making so this good information for me - thanks!

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  3. lovely earings!
    I'm your new follower

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  4. Cut earrings.
    I follow
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  5. So cute!

    I can't wait to see what else you will create!
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  6. I am your lucky number 13th follower as jhb. These are lovely; thank you for the chance in this very spring inspired giveaway!
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  7. Nice tutorial! I'm a follower now.
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  8. gfc follower
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    thanks

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  9. fb fan / ana amanti
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    thanks

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  10. Lovely! Great tutorial & I'm a new follower. cozynoggin at gmail dot com

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  11. I love these earrings! Simply lovely!

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  12. Beautiful earrings. That color is perfect for Spring.

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  13. Beautiful and you make it seem so easy! I'm a purple fan, too!

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  14. love the color purple ! natalene(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Follow your blog with GFC - Denise G

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  16. Those are very pretty.

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  17. Lovely earrings. I Follow Google Friends Connect.
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  18. beautiful!! I follow google connect "anash"
    Thank you kindly.
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  19. Your jewellery are gorgeous! I hope the giveaway is international :).

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  20. These are so pretty! I would love to be able to make jewelry like this!
    I'm a follower
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  21. Beautiful earrings! I always wondered how some of those processes worked, thanks for the great how-to.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    --Liza

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  22. beautiful earrings

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  23. I love how you've experimented with this technique and produced gorgeous earrings :)

    I really do like the earrings so I have followed your blod via. Google Friend Connect.
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  24. GFC follower (Goga)

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  25. Beautiful earrings! Became a follower, hope I win ;)

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  26. GFC: miha.ela
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  27. Wow, how fascinating to actually see how these are being created :-) ! They are really pretty!!
    New follower on GFC!

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  28. I'm a GFC follower. Never heard of melted glass jewelry before so this one is interesting.

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  29. new follower

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  30. I follow on google friend connect.
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  31. Following your blog with GFC. Love the earrings!
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  32. Gorgeous earrings! I'm following you via GFC

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  33. I liked your page on fb (as ajoeynamedroo). Thanks!

    Rachel
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  34. I heart you and follow you! These are gooorgeous!!

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  35. I am a public GFC follower as uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  36. I love these earrings! So pretty.

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  37. Thaose are super cute!

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  38. follow you. These are so pretty. Thanks! joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  39. Following you. :)

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  40. I am following you. Your jewellery is lovely. I was able to try copper enamelling when I was in school and loved it. These earrings are very special. Would love to show them off!

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  41. I'm a follower

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  42. Hi! I'm a new follower of your blog. Thanks for the chance to win those gorgeous earrings.
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  43. I am your new follower! (ksyshenka)
    I adore these lovely earings!

    Thank you for the chance!

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  44. I like you on FB:

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  45. These are soooo beautiful! I'd love to win them!
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  46. I LIKE You on Facebook
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    Note: I would gladly Follow on GFC - but my account is messed up and not letting me add new blogs!)

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  47. I'm following via gfc!

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  48. Liked you on fb too. I commented there as well cause I didn't know where you wanted to be commented on. Sorry. :)

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  49. angiebestboss@gmail.com
    What a beautiful and sweet pair of earrings - perfect for Spring!
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  50. angiebestboss@gmail.com
    I liked you on FB as well
    Angie

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  51. I am a new follower and LOVE the earrings.

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  52. I like you on FB

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  53. Follow blog via gfc=Lyudmila
    Cute item!
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  54. pretty earrings!
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  55. liked your FB page (Agnes C Merza)

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  56. Following on GFC

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  57. Liked on FB

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  58. I LOVE these earrings!!
    I hope you will be selling them {in case I am not fortunate enough to win this pair!!).
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  59. (forgot to say in previous msge that I am now following your blog)/

    Also liked you on FB {as Sally Cooper}

    Sally
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