I prefer a vintage look so chose a copper wire with a burnished or bronzed finish. For the silver, I started with a bright silver wire and then after making the earring wires, oxidized them for an antiqued look. I use liver of sulfur to oxidize my metals, but for a quick easy DIY way to oxidize metal, you can actually use a hard boiled egg in a plastic bag ... you can read one of my old posts on how to do this here.
It might seem ridiculous to some, but it is always amazing for me to see plain wire transformed into something pretty and useful like earring wires.
And then to take the transformed wires and add some beautiful drops and dangles for a finished jewelry design ... like these:
In case anyone is interested in making your own earring wires, I have a previous post on How To Make Fish Hook Style Earring Wires.
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