Just when I think I've completely run out of new ideas for earring designs, something happens. Rick comes back in from his studio/shop (it's a building separate from the house and I only let him back in the house at lunch or after 5pm -- I run a tight ship) with a bag of sterling silver ovals that I asked him to solder closed for me.
Here, I must digress to tell you why these ovals were cut in the first place. I make these very popular and good selling bracelets of mixed chains.
As you can see, half of the bracelet is large link chain that I purchase in bulk, by the spool. Yes, it's very expensive because it's heavy. Those of you that work with chain know that every time you cut a link, you lose a link. This is not so painful when working with small cable chain, but this big stuff really hurts! Each link is about an inch long. I had a big bag full of them and .... continued ...
So, I'm staring at these now solid links and I start scheming. This is the result:
Voila! A new earring design is born. Needless to say, I made a whole series of similar earrings with a variety of stones. They are longer than many of my designs and will (hopefully) appeal to a different set of shoppers.
I only have one show left this season and for that I am grateful. It's the "lightest" show season I have had since 1997 and it feels good. If you live in Southcentral Alaska, please visit me at the Bad Girls of the North craft show at the Millennium Hotel, Nov 5 & 6.