I'm making earwires and I ball up the ends of a length of wire
with a torch. I get inconsistent results...
G’day Polly; The reason for the pitting is mostly overheating
with oxidation of copper in the alloy. I heat the ends of
earwires gently, dip them in powdered borax flux, then heat in a
very small hot flame stopping the moment the little balls are the
right size. I cut the wire to the right length, drop it in pickle
then do the next one. I use this method for making rivets too.
Also, Any ideas on how to display earrings in an attractive way?
Were it me, I would make (or you could have made) a nice wooden
glass fronted shallow case that could be stood upright with a
prop at the back. like desk picture frames. I would back the
inside of it with a suitably coloured velvet remnant, and hang
the earrings on thin (3mm) polished brass welding rods which go
from side to side inside the case. The case could have a lock
fitted if required.
By the way would you be interested in having a jig for making
safety earwires? You’d have to make it, but any jeweller could
easily do it. After you have made one, It takes just fifteen
seconds to bend up a perfect earwire - the kind that hooks into
the hole in the ear lobe. It is almost impossible to describe,
but I could scan it and send it as an attachment. Or I could
upload it into the Ganoksins Orchid ftp site. Email me direct.
Cheers, – John Burgess Johnb@ts.co.nz