Aug 242015
 

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When you start with earring findings as cute as these it doesn’t take much to make a really nice pair of earrings. Just add a few bead dangles and ear wires.

I can’t seem to find where I purchased these findings but here are some really cute chandelier findings at ArtBeads.com.

An ombré blend of crystals makes them especially interesting. Because most of the work is already done for you with the findings it’s just simply stringing beads on the head pins and making loops, so these earrings go together very quickly.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Tweet Pinks Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 chandelier style earring findings with five loops each
  • 2 ear wires
  • 8 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Fuchsia
  • 12 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Rose
  • 12 4 mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Crystal Clear
  • 10 head pins
  • 22 3mm beads

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Onto a headpin slide four 4mm Fuchsia crystals alternating with three 3mm spacer beads. Repeat once.
  2. Onto a headpin slide three Rose crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
  3. Onto  a headpin slide three Crystal Clear crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
  4. Use One Step Looper to make loops at the top of all headpins. Use chain nose pliers to open loops and add to chandelier findings, with Fuchsia dangles in the center and Crystal Clear dangles on the ends.
  5. Use chain nose pliers to open loops of head pins and add to complete earrings.
Feb 202013
 

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Aren’t these earrings adorable?  I’ve been wanting to get these bow charms for quite some time, and finally placed a Fire Mountain Gems order not too long ago.  Wow, was that a fun box to open!  (What’s amazing is how much you spend and how small a package it can all fit into.)

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In the video I’ll show you how to make two different versions, and give you other options as well.

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I highly recommend you go to Fire Mountain Gems and request their free catalog.  No, I’m not affiliated with them, I just think it’s too much fun to peruse.  Keep a cloth handy to wipe off the drool.  😉

Once you’ve spent $100 in a year, they’ll send you their super humongous,  gigunda, enormous 1324 page catalog.  A. Maze. Ing.

So many ideas, so little time…. ===sigh===

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Since I haven’t seen these products at any of my local stores, for your convenience I’ve put links to them in the materials lists.  But I must warn you, once you start browsing Fire Mountain Gems website, you may never leave. You’ve been warned, bwah-ha-ha.

WordPress STILL hasn’t fixed the video embedding issue, bleah.  So, once again, here’s the link for you to go watch the video over at YouTube.

Gift Box Earrings Video Tutorial

Happy creating!

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Gift Box Earrings

Materials for earrings with larger bows:

  1. Slide beads onto a head pin in the following order: accent bead> Swaroski crystal cube bead > crimp bead> bow charm> crimp bead> accent bead.
  2. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits last bead.  Bend wire at 90° 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.  Wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Use chain nose pliers to open loop of ear wire. Add wrapped loop with beads to ear wire and close loop securely.
  4. Repeat to make second earring.

Materials for earrings with smaller bows:

  1. Onto a headpin slide a crimp bead and an 8mm Swarovski crystal cube bead.
  2. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits crystal bead.  Bend wire at 90° 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.  Wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Onto an eye pin slide bow charm and a crimp bead.
  4. Repeat step 2 to make a wrapped loop above crimp bead.
  5. Use chain nose pliers to open eye pin loop below bow. Add wrapped loop with crystal cube and close loop securely.
  6. Use chain nose pliers to open loop of ear wire. Add wrapped loop with bow to ear wire and close loop securely.
  7. Repeat to make second earring.

 

 

 

Aug 022012
 

These turquoise nuggets were just begging to be made into a pair of earrings.

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Often turquoise is combined with silver, but I’m loving the look of the coppery twisted wire beads at the top.  The metal beads at the bottom aren’t exactly copper, they’re not quite antique brass either, they just seem to work.

If you’ve never made your own jewelry before, you’ll love the satisfaction you get out of picking exactly the colors you want.  You’d be amazed at how quickly they go together, too.

To make these earrings you’ll need:

  • two turquoise nugget beads
  • two twisted wire beads
  • six round metal beads
  • six seed beads
  • six head pins
  • two eye pins
  • two ear wires
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

The video tutorial shows you how to do the wire work and assemble this fantastic pair. Printed directions are below.

Basic Instructions:

  1. Thread one turquoise nugget and one twisted wire bead onto an eye pin. Use chain nose and round nose pliers to make a loop above the wire bead. Repeat with remaining nugget, wire bead, and eye pin.
  2. Thread one seed bead and one round metal bead onto a head pin. Use chain nose and round nose pliers to make a loop above the metal bead. Repeat with remaining beads and head pins to make a total of six dangles.
  3. Attach three dangles to bottom of each turquoise nugget unit. To complete earrings, attach an ear wire to top of each turquoise nugget unit.

Happy creating!

Jul 132012
 

Today is my mom’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!), so earlier this week I whipped up this bracelet and earrings set as a gift for her.  Now that I know it’s arrived safely, I can share the video with you.

Of course, you can adapt the beads and colors to suit any occasion.  This is a great project for a last minute gift, or for gifts that you need in multiples, like for bridesmaids in a wedding party.

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I still remember the first time I saw cube beads.  A friend brought me to a bead show and I was astounded.  Who’d have thunk of making them  square?    lol

Enjoy the video tutorial.

Happy creating!