Sunday, March 6, 2016

Scalemaille, A Fun New Technique for Lightweight Earrings

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First, a little background...

 I love long and big earrings.  They can be any shape or any size, and the longer my hair gets the longer my earrings can get, but I don't follow the hair length vs. earring length rule, because I love, love, love long earrings with short hair, too.

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              Let's go back a bit....
At one time in my life I worked in an automotive machine shop as an expediter, so I got to see every department on every level.  One thing I found very handy was a micro-polisher.  It was a huge thing with a huge diamond strap that spun along, the strap (belt) winding around in it circuitous route so that it could be reached from different angles. We used it on re-manufactured engine products like crankshafts and rods.  One of the cool things I found was that I could quickly polish the tips off of safety pins and thus make many safety pin earrings in a couple of minutes!

It was these safety pin earrings that leg me to hairdressing.

Back then I had bright maroon dyed hair, cut short and tight on the sides, a curly bi-level (a radical style for the time, even though today, we call it a mullet).  We wore all black clothing almost every day, or sometimes short tunic dresses, torn fishnets, and stirrup stretch pants with rollover suede boots or flats. This is how I was indoctrinated into the hairdressing industry. We were never regular hairstylists, we were bohemian stylists. We were the wild stylists.  Sometimes there was even a little trouble brewing here and there.

After 30 years of hair dressing, I think back to the beginning, when I came into it with my safety pin earrings and my determination...   

 I told you all of that, to tell you this.  I have worn many long earrings.  The weight of an earring has never really been much of an issue for me, except in one way.  I have always liked my teeth, and when I would turn my head quickly, I have occasionally had the unfortunate experience of being hit in the tooth by a long bauble or two.  Especially beads on chains, like glass beads, or stones, or anything that has some weight to it.

When I started playing with chain maille, I came across scales!  What fun!  These scales are anodized aluminum and come in many colors and ever with some different textures!

The best part:  These scales are very light weight and very easy to wear, and all come on niobium ear wires so they won't hurt those ultra sensitive ears.   After looking at some of the designs, I decided to try it myself.

Once I figured it out, once I got past the backwards facing scales that I accidentally added at times, I started to play a bit.
So here are some designs that I made.  Each one of these can be made to any length.  Use your imagination.

Celebrate Flutter Scales
"Celebrate" Cluster Fluttering Earrings in gold black and brushed silver

Tricolor Layered Scales
Triple Layered Scales in green, gold, and black

Happy New Year Layered Scales
Happy New Year Layered Scales in brushed silver, gold, and black

Tricolor Flutter Scales
National or seasonal Fluttering clusters in red, silver and green
Blue Layered Scales
Triple Layered Scales in blue
Celebrate Flutter Clusters
Illustrating how Flutter Clusters hang ("Celebrate" earrings)
These Blue Lampwork Chain Hoops are versatile because they can be dismantled at will, to make the chains hang long, or to change the order of the two silvery beads that ride between the chain and the handmade lampwork bead.  It's all up to you!

Blue Lampwork and Chain Hoops
A unique set of earrings, the Everlasting Chain earrings appear to be solid chain once they spill from the Sterling Silver ball posts; but really, they are connected to the earring nut (aka: clutch) on the back side.  The ring does not show (like it does here), because these heads are not quite up to scale like a human head.  Why they make them small, is a mystery to all jewelry folk.  Like the hand and wrist models they represent mini humans....unless there's hobbits among us!
Everlasting Chain loops

Two things I have learned over the years:
  1. All styles will come back around BUT the same person should not be wearing them the second time around. Pass them down.  
  2. Vintage clothing never goes away 

The above images are all linked between three different shops:
wiresNpliers ~ Aftcra
House of Tor ~ Etsy
MiSFiTS ~ Etsy

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