Most jewelry makers start with bead stringing and then continue to work through various types of jewelry making such as wirework or clay. Metal seems to often be at the end of the list of "learn how to do" for a lot of beginners because they think it is going to be too difficult. Yes, some metal work can be tough to learn immediately; however, you'd be surprised how you can incorporate metal into lots of jewelry designs without having to be a metal expert necessarily. This week, I plan to share some easy metal projects that include metal components but require no soldering and relatively little fabrication. You really can figure out ways to use metal without having to have tons of metalsmithing experience.
These Filigree Flower Hoop Earrings show how you can mix metals and combine filigree components to make metal earrings that have lots of texture and interest going on. The work of creating filigree is already done for you, so you just need to manipulate some wire to form the finished earrings. An added benefit of filigree is that these earrings are large but also very light-weight. So they are comfortable to wear all day.