Monday, March 7, 2011

Hardware Store Earrings






I stopped at Homeowner's Hell the other day for a propane tank. I started browsing around in the hardware and came home with some fun earring components. Three of these are made with steel retaining rings. They looked a little grungy at first but a trip through the tumbler cleaned them up, and I think they look kinda cool embellished with sterling silver chain and gemstones. The round brass thingies are compression sleeves. I drilled holes in them, then added pyrite to the large ones and Swarovski pearls inside the smaller ones, connecting them to the ear wires with sterling silver chain. The pyrite ones make a fun tinkling sound when they move.

7 comments:

  1. These are fantastic!! Love the use of everyday items well done

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  2. Me gustan mucho todos, en especial los 4º.
    Enhorabuena!!

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  3. love them...esp the ones with pyrite n pearls

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  4. Thanks, Divya! I had a lot of fun making these.

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  5. Very fun! I love looking at the hardware store, you never know what you're going to find!

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  6. Thanks, Katrina! Yeah, I'm going to start doing more looking around when I go.

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Sorry I had to turn off comments for a while as I was getting spammed to death. For people wondering where to get the free tutorials, they are available at Szarka's website, www.magpiegemstones.com. Click on the resources and tutorials link. Thanks, Nancy

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