|Front and back view|
|Front of the Rio Earrings|
These lovely 'Rio' earrings grace the cover of The Earring Style Book: Making Designer Earrings, Capturing Celebrity Style, and Getting the Look for Less by Stephanie Wells. The book has 40 exceptional projects, organized into 4 basic categories: everyday chic, bohemian beauty, glamour girl, rock and roll. All of the earring styles revolve around a common theme of a wire frame with bead or spiral embellishments.
The Rio Earrings are part of the glamour girl collection. This book is serious eye candy and I can't imagine anyone who won't be inspired by the designs. I've enjoyed having this book in my collection, but what I really wanted to understand is if the instructions are as good as the designs and pictures. Here's the story...
|Spirals for the Rachael Earrings|
Here's where the book was fabulous and worth every penny! One of the first chapters has the instructions on how to make all of the basic frame shapes. It also includes a reference that tells you which earrings use which frames. So, when my coils for the Rachael earrings didn't fit, I just found another pair of earrings that used the same frame of a similar size and salvaged half of my work. I can't tell you how frustrated I would have been if I didn't finish a pair of earrings after all of the work - and that simple bit of reference information saved me.