May 162017
 

bell flower earrings cover

As is often the case these earrings started with the beads. I’ve had these cute little Czech glass bell flower beads for some time.

I bought them at the same time as I bought the pink tulip flower beads and the green leaves for the Sweet Spring Tulip bracelet thinking that they would go together in a project. However, once I put them together I thought the styles were just a little bit too different and although I had originally thought the red and the pink would be pretty together I just didn’t care for it.

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I’m always a fan of earrings with drooping flower dangles and decided these cranberry colored beads would look good with gold and white and crystal. My original thought had been to dangle them all from lengths of chain, which I still think would be a good look, but once I got started making the links with the freshwater pearls and crystal rondelles I thought that was plenty.

When you watch the video you’ll notice that I make a design decision right in the middle of the project. This happens all the time, I’m not one to plan things out with detailed sketches from the beginning, but usually only have a general idea of where I’m heading and make adjustments as I go along.

What kind of changes would you make to this design? Do you plan things in advance or work it out as you go along? Or perhaps design in a completely different way?

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Bell Flower Bead Earrings-Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Nov 152016
 

silver & gold crystal pendant cover

Today’s necklace began when I realized that my rhinestone spacers were silver plated while the cup chain that I wanted to use was gold in color. Most of the time I always feel like I have to use all gold or all silver and not mix them, but then I realized that the holidays are coming, It was then that I started hearing Burl Ives singing “Silver and Gold” from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and knew what I had to do. ūüôā

So here’s a classy, sparkly and really quick to put together necklace for you today.

In the video I show how you can use the same design to make earrings or even turn it into a bracelet.

Tools and Materials:

  • Rhinestone cup chain, 6 to 10 inches
  • 3 eye pins
  • 2 3 hole 20mm spacer bars
  • cup chain connectors
  • 9 5 to 6 mm brass or gold beads
  • Necklace chain and clasp
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Silver & Gold Crystal Pendant-Video Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Oct 182016
 

cup chain crystal earrings cover

This idea has been kicking around in my mind for quite some time. I imagined it would be a simple and elegant way to use cup chain and it turned out to be so. I was quite pleased with how easily these went together.

Sometimes an idea that seems good as you’re thinking of it doesn’t turn out so great in reality.

chain sketch

Of course, it can be hard to tell with the terrible¬†sketching¬†that I do! As you can see, I’m not much of a drawer. Three dimensional work is definitely far more¬†my forte.

I hope you give this project to try, I picture them as really gorgeous, glamorous, swinging earrings to wear around the holidays. But I’m wearing mine today, just because I can. ūüôā

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Cup Chain Crystal Earrings-Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 072016
 

spring sparkles earrings

These earrings are reminiscent of fuchsia flowers, with their purple & pink crystals and the loops hanging down.

As I’m writing this it’s still winter here in New England and a touch of spring is quite welcome!

This is such a simple design you could change the look and feel easily by choosing different styles of beads. Metallic beads in the loops and stone chips in the dangles would give you a more earthy pair of earrings. Clear crystals in the loops and pearly dangles would by fit for a bride.

Have fun making this design your own.

Materials:

Tools:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Spring Sparkles Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Jan 042016
 

crystal tassel earrings

Tassels are very popular now and they are being made out of everything: chain, leather, silk, cotton & other cords, so why not make them out of strands of crystal beads?

The colors of the beads and the style of the bead cones I used give these earrings an exotic feel, but your choices will make your earrings your own unique creation.

I used 4mm Blue Zircon Bicone Swarovski Crystal Beads for the stripe along the bottoms. For the rest of the beads I used a mix called Sonoran which includes the colors:

You could use all metal beads, gemstones or seed beads. You could make the tassels all one or just two colors, or make the strands longer or shorter.

Have fun coming up with your own designs!

Enjoy the video and happy creating.


You can watch the Crystal Tassel Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 122 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads
  • 2 bead cones
  • 2 ear wires
  • 2 eye pins
  • 2 4mm round beads
  • 2 3mm round beads
  • 24 crimps
  • bead stringing wire

Tools:

  1. Slide a crimp onto bead stringing wire and crimp near the end of the wire with the One Step Crimper. Trim any excess wire. Slide on 10 beads and another crimp. Slide the wire back through the crimp to make a 1/8-inch loop. Flatten the crimp with the One Step Crimper and trim excess wire.
  2. Repeat step 1 to make 12 beaded units.
  3. Slide the top loops of 6 beaded units onto an eye pin and close securely. Use chain nose pliers to bend eye of the eye pin at a 90 degree angle to the wire. Slide eye pin into a bead cone and adde a 4mm round bead, a 4mm bicone crystal and a 3mm round bead. Use round nose pliers and wire cutters to make a loop with remaining eye pin wire.
  4. Open loop of ear wire and attach to this loop.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 to make second earring.

 

 

Oct 192015
 

sunny days earrings

This week’s earrings are another one of those designs that I love, the type that you can change up each of¬†the different elements and end up with something completely unique. You could change the briolette¬†to any type of top drilled bead, you could change the number and size of crystals and you could change the link that they are attached to get a look all your own and completely different from these.

Enjoy the video and happy creating

You can watch the Sunny Days Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • two 10 mm x 15 mm top drilled briolettes
  • 20 3 to 4 mm crystal beads
  • two 10 mm oval links, or short sections of chain
  • 20 headpins
  • two ear wires
  • two 5 inch lengths of 22 gauge wire

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Onto each headpin slide a small crystal and use One Step Loopers to make a dangle.
  2. Slide 22 gauge wire into briolette leaving 1 inch sticking out. Bend both wires up, crisscrossing over bead and bending both wires above bead until they are parallel again.
  3. Slide 10 crystal dangles over both wires. Use chain nose and round nose pliers to make a wrapped loop attaching your link or one end of the length of chain. Attach ear wire to other length of chain to complete earring.
  4. Wire wrap other briolette, sliding on other 10 crystal dangles and attaching chain and ear wire to complete second earring.
Sep 072015
 

wild hearts crystal earrings

Top drilled beads often present a problem as to how to hang them. We can wire wrap which takes a bit of time and the skill and know-how. You could just simply use a jump ring which isn’t a particularly elegant or secure method.

Today I thought I would try something different and use bead stringing wire and seed beads. I like the way the little pearly white beads accent the crystal heart. Just a few other beads that play off the crystals, some crimping, ear¬†wires and you’re¬†done.

This design is so open to interpretation, any kind of top drilled beads will work and any kind of smaller beads that accent it would work, so have fun playing with your designs.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Wild Hearts Crystal Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 2 12mm Swarovski Crystal Wild Heart¬†pendants
  • 32 11/0 seed beads
  • 2 8mm beads
  • 4¬†4mm spacer beads
  • 2¬†6mm beads
  • 2¬†crimps
  • 2¬†crimp covers
  • 2¬†wire protectors
  • 2¬†ear¬†wires
  • 2¬†4 1/2 inch pieces bead stringing wire

Tools

  1. Onto the bead stringing wire string eight seed beads, a crystal heart and another eight seed beads.
  2. Bring the ends of the wire together and string onto both wires an 8 mm bead, a 4 mm spacer, a 6 mm bead, a 4 mm spacer and a crimp.
  3. Onto one wire slide the wire guardian then slide this end of wire back through the crimp.
  4. Pull up both wires tight leaving space for a crimp cover. Use crimping pliers to flatten crimp then cover with the crimp cover.
  5. Open loop of an ear wire and attach wire guardian to complete the earring.
Jun 292015
 

magma sparkle earrings (2)

In today’s earrings I show you how easy it is to not only make your own wire frames, but how you can construct your own chain. It’s so simple you’ll be amazed you didn’t think it of before!

These dangly earrings combine black wire with red and earthy colored Swarovski crystal beads for a look that makes me think of a volcano sending forth lava. ¬†Of course, you make yours in whatever colors¬†work perfectly¬†for you. ūüôā

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Magma Sparkle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 3-inch pieces 20 gauge wire
  • 2 ear wires
  • 20 head pins
  • 20 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads (I used the Swarovski mix called “Earth.”)
  • 14 4mm jump rings

Tools:

  • 2 pairs chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
May 112015
 

swoosh dangle earrings

These earrings get their unique shape from an unexpected jewelry supply: Memory Wire.

I think just a couple sparkly Swarovski bicones on each “swoosh” is quite elegant, but as I mention in the video, you could fill them up with beads if you like, or use any type of bead you want. Keep in mind that if the beads are heavy they may pull the wire out of shape.

Be sure to use special memory wire pliers, or use old junky pliers like I do. Don’t use ¬†your nice wire cutters on memory wire or they¬†won’t be nice any more.

Feel free to share photos of earrings you’ve made with this tutorial on Keepsake Crafts’¬†Facebook page¬†in the “Your Creations” album.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Swoosh Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

Tools:

  • memory wire specific wire cutters
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers

Use round nose pliers to make a loop on one end of each memory wire piece. Slide a 4mm and a 6mm crystal onto each wire. Use round nose pliers to make a loop on remaining end of each memory wire piece.

Open a jump ring and slide on one loop of a 3-inch, a 2.5-inch and a 2-inch memory wire piece, making sure curves are all facing in the same direction. Also slide on the loop of an ear wire. Close jump ring securely to complete earring and repeat to make second earring.

Apr 132015
 

With wedding season coming up, I thought these pearls and crystals were the perfect thing for some dangly, sparkly special earrings.

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No wedding in your future?  Make them in any colors you like, how about all the colors of the rainbow? Or try a collection of various shades of a single color.

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As I mention in the video, this design is quite simple to customize to any taste. Just add more or less chain dangles and make them longer or shorter to suit.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Bridal Pearls & Crystals Earrings video over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 1 package Swarovski Crystal Bicone Pearl Combo ‚Äď white
  • 6-10 3mm silver plated round beads
  • 2 silver plated ear wires
  • 2 4mm silver plated jump rings
  • 10 silver plated head pins
  • 11-link-per-inch silver plated chain, approx 7 inches (18 cm)

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Arrange the 3mm silver beads, pearls and crystals into five pairs of groupings of 2-3 beads each. Each grouping will be one bead dangle.
  2. Slide a grouping of beads onto a head pin. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits last bead. ¬†Bend wire at 90¬į angle. ¬†Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.¬† Reposition pliers to finish loop.¬† Slightly twist loop open and insert end link of the chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90¬į bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Trim chain to length desired for longest dangle. Count the chain links and make a matching dangle for the second earring.
  4. Repeats steps 2-3 to make five pairs of chain dangles.
  5. Open a 4mm jump ring and slide on end links of one set of five chain dangles and the loop of an ear wire. Close jump ring securely. Repeat to finish second earring.