As a jewelry artist who loves to boast about my “handcrafted” pieces, I want to put as many of my own hand made parts into my work as possible. While there are times I need to rely upon store bought “commercial” parts, I find that with a little time and effort I can keep that to a pretty good minimum.
I have not purchased a commercial ear wire in ages. Ear posts are another story. While I have perfected one type of handcrafted ear post, it doesn’t exactly fit into the style of every single project I create. It would also probably prove to be pretty boring if I tried to make it so.
There are several different handcrafted head pins that I make, but they are all too large for smaller creations that use smaller beads, thus I do need to purchase commercial head pins every now and then. Learning to use a torch to melt and shape wire is on my to do list, but even that wouldn’t always work out because I would then need to use wire made from pure precious metals. If I did that my price point would spike upward, and that would affect the purchasing ability of some of my most loyal fans, and I appreciate my fans too much to do that to them.
Jump rings are another story. By coiling wire I have all the jump rings at my disposal that I will ever need. All I have to is clip a ring off the coil as needed. I can make jump rings in any gauge wire, any finish, any color, and any size. I am sure that I have more different sizes of jump rings than your average arts and crafts store keeps on their shelves, and I like to feel that using the proper size jump ring puts my pieces into a better perspective than if I had to use a ring .5mm too large or too small.
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If you like more colorful work, check out my wife’s work in Miss Poppy’s Boutique.