I whipped out these little herkimer diamond and sterling silver earrings last week in my metal smithing class. They are pretty simple to make, it's just the work hardening that takes awhile. Work hardening is something you do to get your soft metal to stiffen up. If you don't work harden these little sterling silver wires, they will bend all over the place if you even push them slightly. So to work harden, you have to either just literally work with the wire a lot, bending slightly and shaping, pulling and pushing to get the crystals structures within the metal to dislocate and strengthen, or you have to hit the metal with a rubber mallet a lot to get those crystal structures to harden.
I'd love to share a little bit more about the process of jewelry making on my blog this year so I'll probably start at the very very basics, working with jump rings. But just to give you a taste of the process of making earrings like these, the work hardening process was what took the longest for me on these little guys! They will be available in the shop for Spring, but first up I'll be making a few for a friend's wedding :) Do you have any specific questions about jewelry making? I can't tell you exactly how I make what I make, that's called a trade secret. It's very frowned upon to ask other designers how they make what they make. Those emails are always very awkward. It's also very frowned upon to ask a designer where they get their supplies. Big no no. But I can give you some basic tips and advice on jewelry making! And with those tips, you can create your own pieces!