Thursday, September 9, 2010

Crazy for knots

So, it turns out that one of the most interesting things I've posted to my Etsy shop are my 'knotted' earring styles. I've made them in a variety of metals, but all generally are based on a spiral chainmaille weave. In this jewelry maker's humble opinion, they are probably one of the most simple things I make. Isn't it funny sometimes, how simple ideas are often the best? I love it!

18k gold over sterling knot earrings
After getting a good deal of interest in the pair of earrings shown to the left and another pair of copper knots, I decided to come up with a few more pairs. So, today, I'm posting two new pairs of sterling knot earrings (one very small and one a little bigger) plus a pair of larger copper knots.

Each of the new pairs is based again on variations of the basic chainmaille spiral weave. The funny part about the spiral is that if it is not done with the right size rings, it loses it's shape. To combat this, I usually do the spiral in either double or triple variations. Most of my knot earrings are of one of these two varieties, just with rings small enough to make the weave so tight it doesn't move almost at all.

My process is actually really simple: I make the knots and then put the in a tumbler for a few hours to shine up. Then they get a wash in soap and water and then bonded to a pair of earring posts (usually with a very strong epoxy). Simple!

For a little preview of what's to come in my Etsy shop, here are some new pictures:

sterling silver knotted earrings
100% pure copper knotted earrings
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