|Component pieces laid out just after|
After soldering the wire is very soft and also tarnished, cleaning it and strengthening is a 3 stage process in itself. First I hammer the wire to flatten it slightly and then I use a file to buff the surface until its shiny again.
Finally the pieces go in a tumbler for several hours to polish them smooth and toughen them further.
When the wire shapes come out of the tumbler I thread the Brioche Agate onto the straight piece and then bend the top around into the loop.
Finally I use fine copper wire to wrap the 3 top pieces of wire together, so the bead can't escape, and also to attach the decorative pieces to the bottom. The piece is finished off with a copper earwire attached to the top.