Earrings, earrings, earrings! – edited by Barb Switzer – was a lovely gift from an even lovelier person. She has supported us in our passion for jewellery making from the start, and we are truly grateful for her encouragement.
The book is a beautiful one for anyone who needs a little inspiration. As the name of the book suggests, it is filled with earring projects, and a few projects for sets – earrings with a matching necklace or bracelet.
This book is sympathetic to the novice earring maker. The basic techniques of jewelry making are covered – opening and closing jump rings, crimping, making eye pin loops and making wire-wrapped loops. Many of the pieces are stunning because of the materials used, and not so much the techniques. So while the difficulty level isn’t high, this is a book I would suggest to anyone, simply because many of the pieces are unique and inspire you to think of different ways to make earrings.
Instructions and Photos
Some of the instructions are a little confusing, and there are no step-by-step photos. However, you can figure out most of the steps just by looking at the photo of the completed piece. The book also has a photo index at the end, and I absolutely love that!
Variety of Projects
There are 70 earring projects – yes, 70! – divided into ‘hoops and posts’ (12), ‘short dangles’ (25) ‘long dangles’ (20) and ‘sets’ (13).
Buy it if
• You’ve just started making jewelry, and want some fun projects that don’t require too much technical skill.
• You need some inspiration with earring designs.
• You want to make some quick, easy and unique earrings.
Don’t buy it if
• You’re looking to learn a lot of wire related techniques.
• You don’t have access to a lot of unusual connectors and findings, because, as I said, the beauty of most of the pieces featured in the book comes from the materials used.
Here are a few pieces we’ve made, taking inspiration from the projects in the book.