Prototype: Calligraphy Practice
I don’t often need to prototype earrings these days, but this design was different enough that it took a few tries to figure out what I wanted to do with it. This pair is not quite symmetrical (probably most people wouldn’t notice, but I aim for +/- 1mm on earrings and these are off by about 2mm, which is enough to make me twitchy YES I HAVE ISSUES) and they are longer than what I ended up doing for the final version. So, here, have a heavily discounted prototype; if you’re less obsessive about symmetry than I am, they’re a bargain.
(They do the colorshifting to grey-blue thing too, I was just too lazy to get up and go to the only room with fluorescent lighting.)
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (If you ever need an extra box for gift-giving purposes, just ask!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!