Turquoise Earrings With Gold Wire

THESE STUNNING EARRINGS DEMONSTRATE JUST HOW INTERESTING A SINGLE COLOR FAMILY CAN BE.

DESIGN:

Jana Hunt Newton

HOW-TO:

Making a wire loop, page 45: making a wire spiral.

page 46.

YOU WILL NEED

2 turquoise cabochons (large, oval stones that are flat on one side)

Rotary hand-held carving tool or diamond file

22-gauge gold-filled wire

Round-nose pliers

Chain-nose pliers

Beads of turquoise, glass, and crystal

Ear posts with gold balls

1 Around each cabochon. carve a groove to hold the wire that will encircle it. The best tool for this is a rotary, hand-held power tool: use its slit-carver bit. You can also use a diamond file, if you have one. In the absence of either tool, find a friendly jeweler who will carve two grooves for a nominal fee.

2 To encircle a "cab" with wire, first cut a piece of wire about 12 inches (31 cm) long. With the round-nose pliers, form a loop in the center of the wire, giving it only one twist; this will be the center loop underneath the cab. Form enough loops on each side of the center one to span the bottom of the cabochon. (In this case, nine loops were needed.) Twist each loop once.

3 Fit the looped wire into the groove at the bottom of the cabochon. Take the wire up around the left

side of the cab and make a loop at the top ner. Take the wire across the top and make a at the top right corner. Twist the wire ends and clip the ends as closely as possible.

4 Using chain-nose pliers, go around tjie c twisting the loops a second time, tightening wire into the grooves on the cab. Straighten loops as necessary, positioning them even1-Encircle the other cabochon in a similar fa

5 Create a dangle for each loop, using wrs| and double spirals. The dangles should longer as they near the center. Wire the t shown in the photo and attach them to the ear post.

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