Color Inspiration - Brrrr Enamel Earrings
by Kristal Wick
Growing up in Minnesota (Minne-snowta to locals), I've had my fair share of chilly, snowy winters. Boy, were they long and gray. Mounds of dirty snow piled as high as you can see were everywhere and it wouldn't totally melt until May or even June some years. The sky was overcast and dark gray most of the season which is why everyone had a SAD light (yup, it's a real thing). Seasonal Affective Disorder-SAD lights would sell out every year so you had to grab a few fast! You missed colors and sunshine during those long winters.
Fast forward to a much brighter, sunnier and shorter winter season here in Colorado where I now reside. The altitude changes many things (not just the lack of air when you're climbing a flight of stairs) but also colors. I noticed this immediately when I moved. The snow in Colorado looked like it had a slight blue tint instead of that dirty snow of Minnesota. I love taking winter shots and this one of the icicles on my roof one winter sure looked blue. For some reason the bluish tinted ice looks colder to me!
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Brrrr Enamel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration brrrr enamel earrings
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Brrrr Enamel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration brrrr enamel earrings
I made these enameled components in a class I took in sgraffito enameling. It's a really fun technique and I ended up with quite a few fun components to use in my jewelry designs down the road. When I was making these disks, I thought about the interesting combination of that chilly winter blue with black and ended up with these. To create the earring dangles I slid a pearl onto 26 gauge wire and wrapped the top loop. Then I shaped a spiral on the bottom and work hardened it with a hammer and anvil. I attached the enameled disk to the spiral with a jump ring and finished it off by attaching an ear wire to the top. Hope these earrings inspire you to give enameling a try.
Creatively,
Kristal
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Brrrr Enamel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration brrrr enamel earrings

Materials

10 Color Thompson Enamel Sample Kit with Thread, Lump, and Copper Discs
KIT-ENAMEL-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $69.95
  • Gold Club Price: $52.46
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Copper Circle with Ring, 24 Gauge, 1 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-500.40
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $4.80
  • Gold Club Price: $3.60
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26 Gauge Round Antique Copper Enameled Craft Wire - 90 ft
H5-Q26-90FT
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  • Price: $5.80
  • Gold Club Price: $4.35
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Blue Mabe Pearl 9 to 11mm - Pack of 1
A8-911B
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  • Price: $6.47
  • Gold Club Price: $4.85
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
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  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer with Wood Handle - Economy
G3-14
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  • Price: $11.57
  • Gold Club Price: $8.68
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Rose Gold Filled Earwire w/ 3mm Ball 20mm - Pack of 2
L19-13
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  • Price: $3.20
  • Gold Club Price: $2.40
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Gold Filled Jump Rings Open (.020) 24ga. (OD) 3mm (ID) 1.98mm - Pack of 25
J11-188
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  • Price: $2.82
  • Gold Club Price: $2.12
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Making Spirals