these earrings were made by fusing fine silver wire into rings! we've been fusing for a couple of years now, and i forget that it's fairly new to the beading/jewelry world :)
basically, fusing fine silver wire in the easiest of terms is: melting pure silver with a tiny torch. that's it! it's easier and cleaner than soldering, and you need less experience, tools and supplies to get the job done.
why would you want to melt fine silver? then you can make your own headpins, make different sized closed rings, finger rings, bangle bracelets and more!
amanda and jason have been teaching fusing for years, and both have been instructed by iris sandkuhler (the woman who basically made fusing accessible, and then popular throughout the beadworld), and both them can attest to the "d0-ability" factor of fusing.
even more fun after the fusing? the shaping and hammering!
still have the sniffles.....going to lie down and rest :) bye bye, jamie