Some ideas just do not turn out like you envisioned them. This is one of those projects. Over the weekend I visited the Eagle's Mere, PA Art and Craft Show to contact a particular artist who's work I was interested in combining with my own. I'll share more about that in a later blog post when I actually get something put together. Anyway, I bought a pair of her earrings and since I was planning on using only her handmade beads in my work, thought I might experiment a little with the really cool ear wires the beads were originally attached to.
I got out Jon Yusoff's "Tatting with Rings" to remind myself how to tat onto the wire and away I went. I had a great time designing these and I love the way they look but unfortunately they are not practical. In order to get them in your ears you have to be really, really careful that you don't squash the tatting as you manipulate the wire into your earlobe and as you are trying to fasten the ear wire as well (you end up having to hold your fingers right on the tatting itself as you put them on). So, while I don't mind and know how to take the kind of care necessary to wear these and enjoy them, the design won't work for most customers. For now, I'll just keep going and do some more designing with rings and wire. These go in my own jewelry box to enjoy (yay)!