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No.... I'm not talking about children, but I AM talking about the earrings I completed today! What I love most about the creative process are the unlikely sources and times of inspiration.  I set out today knowing I would complete the flower bud trio earrings but was never quite settled on how I wanted the post to look. 

After some quick sketching and imagination, I got to work on making small discs that would later be hammered with a texture to match the larger oval, drilled,  filled with a bud-post, and soldered to the bottom oval. As I was making the little discs, I was struck by how simple and attractive they were all by themselves.  BOOM! New earring idea. With my creative juices pumping and the Flower Bud Trio Earrings complete, I immediately got to work on a new pair of smaller BUD STUDS.

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Simple, with a touch of funk, my new bud studs are complete and have been added to my Etsy page. The most rewarding part of today was that merely 15 minutes after posting to Facebook and Etsy, I received one of those heart-warming emails with the "Etsy Transaction - Order Confirmation" header.  Not only did I have the quickest moment of inspiration, but I also completed my fastest sale!   

{Buy FLOWER BUD TRIO earrings}

{Buy BUD STUD earrings}

 
 
Well, today was super productive and although I did not entirely get through what I set out to complete, I did end up with this new website and blog! Hooray!  For my very first blog post I wanted to share a step by step photo sequence showing the creation of my most favorite pair of earrings. I get a lot of questions about how I actually make my jewelry and am delighted to share the inside scoop with you. Please enjoy and definitely ask questions if you've got em! I love a good conversation.
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First I use adhesive spray glue to stick the design on paper to the copper. (I always have an ultra fine sharpie near by.... you know, in case of emergencies.)

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I then saw out the outer shape of the earring using a jewelry saw. Notice how super tiny the saw blade is.... yikes!

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I use a jeweler's drill press to drill holes in all the areas I'm going to be sawing out.  These are not you standard "joe-homeowner" drill bits from Lowes but are insanely small yet powerful!

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By opening up the bottom of the saw, I can position the blade inside of the circle to cut out any interior shapes, then I fasten the blade back into the saw frame. This blew my mind the very first time I saw it done...I really had no idea.

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I then file and sand all of the edges as well as the front and back of the earrings to smooth everything out. Nobody likes to get cuts from wearing their earrings, right?  I will sometimes use a dremel tool too to help speed up this process.

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Using that dremel tool I just talked about, I add texture to the earrings to add a fun and totally unique effect. This may be my favorite part of the process because it's so reckless... I just get to let loose and carve some metal at high speeds... yeehaw!

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I always make my own "findings" ( fancy name for the hooks or posts that go into your ears) from scratch using sterling silver wire.  These particular earrings look best with an angular post finding.

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FIRE!! (Didn't think we'd go through this blog without some pyrotechnics did you?) Because I want to ensure my beloved earrings never stray from their finding, I always solder them shut. Okay, THIS is my favorite part about making jewelry. I am a Sagittarian and there is no mistaken that we are the FIRE sign.

*I also don't recommend playing with fire and taking pictures. I took a chance my friends, but I think it was worth it.

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After cleaning up the earrings from the heat using a hot chemical solution called  "pickle", we're ready for the magic!  Imagine dipping Easter Eggs in food coloring only this time you're dipping copper into liver of sulfur (a smelly mineral that works wonders for copper and silver).  This magically turns bright shiny copper black.

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For the finishing touches, I sand off some of the black patina we just applied so that the shiny copper shows through.  This is a great way to achieve an antiqued effect and to really help that texture pop out.

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Once I polish up the posts, earrings are ready to wear!  Tah-dah!!



Thanks for checking out my first ever blog post. If you love these earrings as much as I do, they can be yours by clicking this link: {I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THESE EARRINGS}
 

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