I recently bought a box of random solid brass hardware odds-n-ends and thought, "Why not?" I've spent many hours cruising through the local hardware store looking for art project materials that weren't going to be used for what they were intended, so why not JEWELRY? I polished the brass up to a high shine, paired it with some highly facetted and very sparkly czech glass beads, new brass wire, and solid brass earring findings and wah-LA! ..instant upcycled earrings. This is my longer version, I also have a shorter one if you prefer, without the brass plate and screw, but I lean toward the shoulder-dusters myself. Love the drama and the utilitarianism ...and hey, brass is brass. Saved from the landfill or a sad life in the dark corner someone's garage and turned into edgy high fashion instead!