Aug 152017

Have you ever purchased beads or charms just because you liked them, but without any idea what you were going to use them for?

starfish charms earrings cover

Since I don’t have unlimited funds I try not to purchase things without at least an idea of what I’m going to do with them, but sometimes you just have to go for it and trust that the ideas will come later!

That’s what I did with these starfish beads. I purchase them at Michael’s, they come on a strand of 12 beads, four each in antique copper, antique gold and antique silver finish.

They would make a really cute dangly charm bracelet just by stringing them onto head pins with some other beads and hanging them all from a bracelet chain, but that seemed kind of obvious and I’ve made lots and lots of charm bracelets.


In today’s video I give you ideas for using many of your beads and charms in unique ways and I’ll also give you tips for making your earrings hang nicely and keep your charms facing the way you want them to.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Starfish Charm Earrings-Jewelry Design Tutorial video at YouTube.

Apr 202015

swirly whirly earrings 2

These earrings are simple to create and completely open to interpretation. I love the idea of making them longer and with smaller seed beads. That would give ’em a lot of dangly movement.  Perhaps in a combination of metallic finishes? Maybe with a big, funky metallic bead at the bottom. Hmmm……

The only skills needed are making simple loops and opening & closing said loops. If you can do that and string beads onto wire, you’re ready to go!

I would love it if you shared any projects based on this video at my Facebook page in the “Your Creations” album.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Swirly Whirly Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 2 5-inch pieces 20 gauge wire
  • 2 2-inch head pins
  • 2 6-8mm beads
  • 2 ear wires
  • 6/0 seed beads in two different colors


  • wire cutters
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • a pen or small dowel to wrap wire around
  1. Add a 6-8mm bead to a headpin. Fill remainder of headpin with 6/0 beads in one color to within 3/8-inch of end of pin. Set aside.
  2. Use round nose pliers to make a small loop in one end  of 5-inch piece of wire. Fill wire with 4 inches of other color of 6/0 seed beads. Trim wire after last bead to 3/8-inch. Use round nose pliers to make a loop with remaining wire.
  3. Wrap this 4 inch beaded unit around a pen or a small dowel to make a spiral. Remove from dowel and use pliers to position one of the wire loops near the center of the spiral and parallel to the coils.
  4. Thread the head pin unit from step 1 up through the coils and then through the centered loop. Use round nose pliers to make a small loop with remaining wire. Open loop of an ear wire and attach to the headpin loop just made.
  5. Repeat to make second earring.