Not Just a Concept
by Susan LeGuyader
We've explored the concept of a new line or style of "Hoops" earrings in "A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings, for reference. (https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_articles/A-Journey-in-Creating-Hoop-Earrings_360.html) Now it's time to develop the style and see how you can expand the basic designs already created and make a cohesive line of earrings.

The goal is to start with a basic design and see what changes do we make by adding texture and embellishment that will go together to create repeatable and cohesive line of jewelry
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Susan LeGuyader's Not Just a Concept - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, earring designs
One of the first and easy changes, is to change the metal. There are so many options available with just metal: sterling silver, rose gold, copper, brass, bronze, steel and gold. If gold is beyond your budget, start with a very good quality gold filled wire.
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Another way to add diversity to a line of jewelry is to take the same basic shape and change the size. Changing the size will appeal to wider range of clientele. From bigger to smaller, there is something for everyone.
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Using colorful seed beads, simply added to a hoop earrings, adds both fun and color to the design.
In this next photo, I've added a wire wrapped briolette gemstone. Adding the touch of elegance with gemstones elevates a design like nothing else.
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Susan LeGuyader's Not Just a Concept - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, earring designs
A beautifully wire wrapped set of briolette will also give you the option of have interchangeable gemstone on your earrings. That two part sale, earrings and gemstones can be keep the relationship between you and your client engaged. If you have the skill set, bezel setting gems can also a beautiful interchangeable addition.

Have you explored mixed metals? This is one of my favorite design elements. It makes a pair of earrings the ultimate outfit addition. Mixed metal earrings, in this case steel wire and brass rings, can go with any outfit, a great neutral.
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In this next option, adding a touch of whimsy with Czech glass beads, takes the flavor of your jewelry in a whole other direction. Beaded headpins, gives you a whole range of shapes, colors and textures. And another opportunity for interchangeable charms on earrings.
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Playing with texture is also a great way to add something extra to a wire. Using ball peen hammers or riveting hammers give you two totally different looks with this additional design element.
And adding texture and a beaded headpin is a winning combination.
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Susan LeGuyader's Not Just a Concept - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, earring designs
Creating a cohesive line of jewelry is building on a solid principle, in this case a hoop earring. By adding options in difference metals, sizes and embellishments you can build on that principle, bringing harmony and cohesion.
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Materials

20 Gauge Round Full Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-20FH
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20 Gauge Round Full Hard 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
H4-20FH
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
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Tools

C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
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Baby Wubbers Flat Nose Pliers
G2-1136
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WireJewelry - Essentials Jewelry Pliers Set with Case, Set of 5
G15-21
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
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14mm Barrel Wrap N Tap Looping Pliers for Pattern Wire, Etc.
G2-79
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PROFESSIONAL QUALITY RING MANDREL 1-16
MAN-295.00
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design