I finished up these earrings last night. They're made from fluted brass tubing, sterling silver wire, and brass drops.
My inspiration for these earrings came from Thomas Mann's "Big Links" workshop that I had taken a few years ago. He showed us how to make components which are very similar to the structure of these earrings.
I wish I had a better torch to use when I solder metal... I still haven't broken down and bought myself an oxy/acetylene torch yet. For some reason, I have this inner fear about them. I think I'm afraid that I'll burn down the house with it, or that I won't have it hooked up correctly. So instead, I use either my propane torch or mapp gas torch, both of which were bought at Home Depot.
I've also been working on a ring, but I'm having a hard time deciding on the direction I want to go with its design, so it has been just sitting on my workbench. I pick up the parts for it that I have already made and stare at them for awhile, and then put them back down again. I'd rather wait for inspiration rather than totally ruin what I've already gotten done with it.