Unexpected Necessities

By: devlin | September 22, 2013

As I work, I often wonder if anyone can tell what goes into my creations. I decided to photograph some of the steps for making my most basic project: Simple Drop Earrings and post it to Flickr. If you click on the first photograph it will open a carousel to flick through the construction steps. What is happening in each photograph is detailed below each picture. You may be surprised how much work goes into such a simple project.

The inspiration for this project was to find a way to recycle scrap sterling silver instead of sending it off to be re-refined. The motive for this goal is threefold. Recycling saves resources. If I can recycle the silver myself, it eliminates transporting the silver and part of the waste byproduct from industrially smelting the metal. The second motive is to reduce my material cost, which leads to my third motive: to reduce the final price of the item for the consumer. I am happy with the final result. Simple Drops may be simple but that does not make them less beautiful.