I'm still improving on my metalworking skills with Kim St. Jean's Mixed Metal Mania Book. Project number 2 in the book was for this pair of twisted paddle earrings:
Now those paddle earrings aren't exactly my style, so I decided on a flower pendant instead. Here's my plan:
Like normal, I've sped ahead and am completely done texturing my flower, but still need the rest of my pieces:
Since I was getting the saw back out, I decided to make a couple of more rings for good measure. I cut out all 6 of these pieces in 1/2 the time I cut out the original 3 rings, so practice does make one much faster:
The flower and leaf were made of copper and I used sterling wire for the stem. The bail is a piece of fine silver bezel wire. All of my rivets were copper, too. I'm quite proud of these. I've taken riveting classes before and cannot reproduce at home (I've tried and given up a few times), but Kim St. Jean's book makes it all look easy. Here's the flower all put together (after 1 hour with a hard boiled egg and repolished):
The matching earrings are the copper leaves on sterling silver earwires. I coiled a tiny bit of copper wire on the earwires just for some added interest (they looked too plain prior to that).
And I was practicing my stamping on the rings - sayings like "I Love Shells" and "Beach Girl" - so me!
Now I just need to find time for the rest of the book!