I finally did it. I made the jump.
I now have my own handmade gold-filled earrings in place instead of my surgical steel Captive Ball Rings. And they don’t feel bad, either.
Looking back on it, within the past couple of days I had tried to reach a compromise between having the thick steel rings in and having more decorative jewelry in, by making small loops of Ultrasuede, wrapping the loops around the CBRs, and hanging dangles off of the bottom parts of the Ultrasuede. It didn’t work, and this is mostly because the Ultrasuede frays too much. As I was whipstitching the tiny bits of it, I saw that it wasn’t going to work; the threads of the Ultrasuede were sticking out beyond the stitching. Maybe it would work better if I cut the material on the bias or something, but really I think I’ve given up on that. :)
There is the option of using real leather, but I do not look forward to that for a few reasons:
1) It’s not hygienic. It can’t be easily cleaned, and this matters if you have piercings.
2) I’ve heard of people with nickel sensitivities having allergic reactions to leather. I know I have a nickel sensitivity, and I don’t want to risk sensitizing myself to leather.
3) If that weren’t enough, it’s difficult to sew (and I don’t want to ruin my milliner’s needles by trying to punch through suede).
There are a set of pearls which I obtained last month which I am now ready to make into earrings. They’ve just been sitting around resting on 24 gauge gold-filled wire. Even if I do mess up an expensive head-pin or two…I can still work on them, and at least I’ll finally be able to wear them.
Do I lose street cred because I took out my heavy-gauge earrings? ;D (I suppose the blessing is that I didn’t stretch my piercings to the stage where it would be difficult to go back.)
I have more to say, but it’s on a different topic, so I’ll put it in a different entry.