Jul 112017
 

summer gypsy earrings cover

The bright, cheerful colors of these earrings put me in mind of steamy summer days playing in the dazzling sunshine. And those endless swingy dangles seem like they need to be paired with a long, swishy broomstick skirt in bright clashing shades.

Can you tell that summer is my favorite season?

As I mention in the video these earrings are were inspired by a photo I saw on Pinterest. It was of a pair of earrings that are no longer in the Boho Style Me Etsy shop. You should check out her shop! I absolutely Love everything in it. There’s not a thing I saw that I would not personally wear.

In the video I show you some ways of looking at your supplies with new eyes so that you can use things in interesting and unusual ways, rather than always having to run out and purchase a specific thing you think you need. I found it very satisfying to find a way to use bead cones as chandelier earring findings!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Summer Gyspy Earrings-Dangle Boho Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Dec 292014
 

You might have noticed, but I’ve always been one of those “I can make it myself” kinda gals. 🙂

I think that’s why I find jewelry wire work so fascinating,  you  can make just about everything yourself: ear wires, head pins, eye pins, jump rings and even wire frames, like I show in today’s video.

sweetly twisted earrings

And not just any wire frame, but one from twisted wire, which is far more interesting, doncha think?

Speaking of ear wires, I was feeling lazy and used purchased ones in these earrings, but I think I must go  make and make a pair of sterling silver ear wires, because it’s fairly obvious that the ones I used don’t at all match the other pretty silver components.

You can share 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 Sweetly Twisted Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 10 inch pieces 20 gauge sterling silver filled wire
  • 2 10 inch pieces 24 gauge sterling silver filled wire
  • 2 6mm x 10mm top drilled teardrop beads
  • 2 ear wires
  • 2 6mm jump rings
  • 20 3mm pearls

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • vice grips
  • 2 1-inches pieces of popsicle stick
  • 29mm x 23mm oval mandrel

See video for complete directions.

Dec 152014
 

Pearly Bubbles Earrings

Cluster designs like this are fun to put together. It can be time consuming to make all the bead dangles, but once done they make a very interesting piece of jewelry with a lot of movement.

These earrings would be great with a bunch of beads in several shades of one color, or how about gradating colors for an ombre effect? You could even try multiple colors: big, juicy brights for a Carmen Miranda look or soft pastels for a dainty, delicate look.

A bigger cluster could even serve as a necklace pendant.

Whichever you choose, have fun creating!

If you do make jewelry based on this video, I’d love for you to share photos in the “Your Creations” album on Keepsake Crafts’ Facebook page.

Enjoy the video. 🙂

You can watch the Pearly Bubbles Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 30 6mm round beads
  • 30 seed beads
  • 32 head pins
  • 2 12mm glass lentil beads
  • 2 6mm spacer beads
  • 2 ear wires

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Onto a head pin slide a seed bead and a 6mm bead.
  2. Trim wire coming out of last bead to 3/8-inch. Grasp end of wire with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop so it just crosses over itself.  Grasp loop with pliers to center over bead, making sure loop is closed securely. Repeat to make 30 bead dangles.
  3. Onto a headpin slide a spacer bead and a lentil bead.  Add the loops of 15 bead dangles.
  4. Repeat step 2 to make a simple loop above least bead dangle.
  5. Open an ear wire and attach to loop made in step 4.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 to make second earring.