I'm a tool geek! Sometimes however my muse dictates when I get around to using a new acquisition. Like this time...we purchased a pair of link forming pliers by Swanstrom a year ago. It allows you to make all sorts of cool things! There's a video on http://www.riogrande.com/ that shows how to create a shorter version of these earrings. Short is too dainty for moi! I wanted to capture a more retro look.