Last night I thought I'd try a whole new way. I'm rather pleased with it. No big bulky wrap. Yay :D
Since I'm so nervous about working with a material as spendy as 14k gold, I wanted to make sure everything would work just right, so I made up a finished pair in copper, wrapped in some faceted garnet, and volia!
And the wire is a thick guage that I've hand hammered to give it a thicker front profile, but they aren't thick or bulky looking...
I'm rather pleased. The gold pair would have different ear wires, I'm thinking a gold lever back, so they would be extra secure. A little extra security strikes me as a good thing with where the project may go.
If all goes well, I may have my first pair of solid gold shiny. I'm rather excited. It's a material I just didn't think I'd work with anytime soon. It's a bit scary. And totally exciting. :D
Adventures in shinies. Woot!!