Kidney Wires & Shepherd’s Hook

Friday, 3 pm.

A few days ago, Silvio completed a pair of earrings that featured his adaptation of the French Wire, the part that is inserted into the ear lobe. This is a perfect conversation piece for a Friday afternoon. In a moment, then, we will review the various types of devices that constitute that part of an earring that keeps it securely in place.

Silvio’s Zig-zag French Wire

First, Jessica’s new wedding band is ready. Troy’s is next.

Gold and Hammered Fine Silver

On to an overview of earring components then… this should provide good material for your weekend conversations. The clasps and items such as earring backs used in jewelry making are called “Findings.” For earrings, these findings offer several options to accommodate not only the contour and appearance of the earring itself, but also the comfort of the individual who is wearing them. When you think about it, the earring presents a particular challenge as the only piece of jewelry that is secured through or hanging from flesh. Here are the basic types of earring backs.

Ball on Post

Clip-on

French Wire

Kidney Wire

Lever Back

Screw Back

Shepherd’s Hook

Meanwhile, I noticed a new snake vertebrae bracelet in the display case. We tried to count the links, but, says Silvio, “It’s like counting sheep… they jump!”

49 Links… or so!

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About PS MacMurray

Paschal'Simon MacMurray, the scribe, specializes in providing a no nonsense Facebook and Blog presence for small business owners who want quality without breaking the bank. PS MacMurray, the artisan, creates art on a whim using fabric, paper, beads, twine and wire. View all posts by PS MacMurray

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