This weird and wonderful warm weather has me convinced that it's spring in the Hudson Valley. Not true...but I still felt like making something flowery.
Follow the See More link to see exactly how I made these Cally lily inspired earrings.
I experimented until I came up with a shape that I could bend into the flowers.
I traced the shape onto paper and backed with adhesive.
I adhered the shapes to brass and sterling silver sheet metals.
I cut the shapes with tin snips.
Removed the adhesive backing.
Hammered the sheet metal for texture.
Annealed (softened) the metal so I could bend it with less wrist strain.
Sanded the pieces.
Polished the pieces.
Ready to bend.
I kinda laughed when my friend bought me this tiny anvil - but I use it all the time!
I bent the pieces around the anvil.
Not flowers yet.
I used a series of pliers to bend the petal outwards.
Calla lilies only have a single stamen, but I wanted three danglies on these.
I made sterling and brass ball pins with my torch.
I cut them to length.
I formed a loop at each end.
Silver stamen. I did them in brass as well.
For the hoops I wanted the flowers to hang from, I cut sterling and brass wires.
I formed a loop at one end.
One end of the silver and brass hoop earrings.
I bent the wires around my ring mandrel.
Too plain. I like texture.
I used my tiny anvil again to hammer each hoop.
The flower stamen grouped into threes.
I oxidized all the pieces in liver of sulphur.
I'll have to polish everything one last time.
Before and after polishing.
Now we're getting somewhere.
I fed the wire through the top of the flower and secured everything with a wrap.
I made something like this many years ago, but I think these are even better.