I call these Harlequins just because they remind me of that diamond pattern in a Jester costume. These are prettier though. Drops are about 2" in length.
I mostly use 104 COE glass – Effetre (formerly Moretti), Lausha, Messy, and assorted silver reactives like TAG and DH. Exceptions are my recycled glass beads, and those are specified as such. I work on either a Nortel Minor or GTT Lynx torch and anneal everything in either my Arrow Springs A-18 kiln or my Toolbox kiln. This means you don't have to worry about your beads breaking apart for no reason. :) It also strengthens them to more readily withstand the little accidents that happen, like drops or rolls off a dresser.
I use Argentium Silver wire to form all my earwires. Argentium silver is a fairly new alloy of Sterling, retaining the traditional 92.5% silver...but replaces some of the copper in traditional Sterling with Germanium, a rare earth metal. The elimination of the copper, along with the addition of the germanium creates a lovely silver which is a little harder, resistant to "fire scale" and super tarnish resistant. It is far less likely to irritate those with sensitive skin. I can personally vouch for this, as I have always had a difficult time with any metals in my ears except gold, and I have absolutely no trouble with the Argentium Silver earwires. Earwires are tumbled for shine and work-hardening
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SRA #C11 and SRAJD #2871