Some time ago, in an attempt to get out of my creative slump, I played around with my stash of annealed steel wire and some lovely blue-grey top-drilled pearls. This resulted in two lovely little pearl-wrapped links that I had no idea what to do with. I put them away, hoping that I hadn't wasted my time and that they'd come in handy some day.
Recently, a dear friend of mine - the Other Half of what's been fondly dubbed the Disaster Duo (me being the Next Half) - requested a pair of earrings with the words Be and Gone. There's a very amusing story behind that which isn't appropriate to tell here, but suffice to say we promptly christened them the Talisman Earrings of Warding.
Lo and behold! After trying to figure out materials to use to complement the black lacquered shell discs and the grunged-up type, I pulled out the pearl-wrapped links and they were absolutely perfect!
Sherri dear, I proudly present the Earrings of Warding and I hope you like them as much as I loved making them! They measure slightly over 2.5" from earhook to dangle.
Talisman: Warding Earrings: 24ga and 19ga annealed steel wire, top-drilled pearls, lacquered shell discs, paper, acrylic paints, mixed metal findings.
Trying to photograph these little beauties was a challenge. I have no idea why...
Who'dathunk steel wire and pearls would actually go together so well. It's something to keep in mind for future projects!