I made these earrings a couple of years ago with white pearls for the girls in my neice's wedding. The girls really liked them so I made some more to add to my low inventory of earrings, this time with different colored pearls. I call them my Bic earrings because I use a Bic lighter as a mandrel. Then I solder them, hammer them, and twist them. They're fun to wear because they spin a bit and catch the light from all angles.
I started my jewelry making journey in 2006 and it quickly took over my spare room and spread out into the living room. I was able to retire from my civil service job in August 2008 and I'm now able to focus on it full time.