Mar 282017
 

crusty boho earrings cover

These earrings are so simple to put together, but have so much going on! It was about time that I found a way to use the beads I made by mistake when creating the Faux Sea Glass Beads video.

Most of the work of these earrings in in choosing all the bits and pieces to layer together. This mix of shapes, colors and textures gives a great funky, earthy look, but you could just as easily get something elegant and sparkly by using glass beads and Swarovski crystals. Just use the design as your jumping off point to make a style that suits you.

As I mention in the video, if all your beads have large enough holes you can string the whole thing on waxed linen twine. Otherwise, use an eye pin to string most of your beads, then add a twine dangle at the bottom. 

Tools & Materials:

Btw, here’s the video I mention for wire wrapping undrilled pieces.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Crusty Boho Earrings-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Apr 252016
 

olive jade earrings

I just noticed that the shape of these earrings is sort of reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower. Totally unintentional, but I like the look.

The two-holed half tila beads give the structure and the olive jade teardrops add some interest at the end. If you aren’t familiar with tila beads, check out my Tila Beads video. They’re fun to create with.

This design goes together quickly, but crimping the two crimp beads at the top can be tricky. Next time I might string a few more seed beads above the last tila just to leave a bit more space.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Olive Jade Teardrop Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Apr 062015
 

rings & crystals dangle earrings still (2)

These sweet earrings are SO easy to make. All you need to make are 12 wrapped loops and two ear wire inserts. Boom, done!

rings & crystals dangle earrings still (1)

It’s the size and type of rings you choose, plus the colors and finishes of the beads that will make your earrings your unique creation. Picture huge hoops with chunky bead dangles, and you have a completely different look than these dainty twisted wire hoops with delicate faceted crystals.

These would be a lovely gift for a special someone, Mother’s Day perhaps?

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Rings & Crystals Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 10mm metal rings, soldered closed
  • 2 8mm x 6mm facted crystals
  • 10 3mm frosted glass beads
  • 10 head pins
  • 2 decorative head pins
  • 2 ear wires

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Slide an 8mm x 6mm faceted crystal bead onto a decorative head pin.
  2. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits 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.  Slightly twist loop open and insert a 10mm metal ring. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers or crimping pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Slide a 3mm frosted glass bead onto a headpin. Repeat step 2 to wire wrap this unit onto same 10mm metal ring as 8mm x 6mm faceted crystal. Repeat to add a total of 5 3mm frosted glass beads to metal ring.
  4. Use chain nose pliers to open loop of an ear wire. Slide metal ring into ear wire, having 3 frosted glass beads on one side and two on the other side of faceted crystal.
  5. Close ear wire loop securely. Repeat all steps to make second earring.
Mar 022015
 

Have you found that sometimes the simplest of supplies can make a project with great impact?

turquoise & silver dangle earrings

I love the simplicity of a single color bead, today it’s turquoise, in a single repeating motif, just simple dangles on silver plated headpins on a silver plated chain.

The trickiest part, as I mention in the video, is working with this tiny chain. You can make it easier on your eyes and use larger chain, putting a dangle on either side of each chain link.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Turquoise and Silver Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

 Materials:

  • 2 silver plated ear wires
  • 2 4mm silver plated jump rings
  • 20 silver plated head pins
  • 2 11-link pieces 12-link-per-inch silver plated chain
  • 20 4mm turquoise beads

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters.
  1. Slide a turquoise bead onto a head pin. Trim wire above bead to 3/8-inch. Grasp wire with tips of round nose pliers and twist to form a simple loop.
  2. Repeat to make simple loop dangles on other head pins.
  3. Use chain nose pliers to open a simple loop by twisting it to one side. Place loop into a link of chain. Close loop securely. Repeat to place a bead dangles on all but one end chain link of each chain piece.
  4. Open a jump ring and slide on the last link of chain and an ear wire. Close jump ring securely. Repeat to make second earring.

What combination of colors would you use to make these earrings?

Happy creating!

Aug 252014
 

One good thing about not always being able to buy all the supplies you want, is that you learn to get creative with the supplies you do have.

blue-crystal-silver-earrings-1

I’ve often admired jewelry made with long metal tubes as beads, especially the ones that are curvy or spiraled. In fact I thought I’d picked up a few of those curvy tubes in my travels, but naturally, I couldn’t find them.  So, when I came across these longish crimps, I said, “Aha!”

blue-crystal-silver-earrings-2

(Click on either photo to see a larger version.)

Throw in a package of Swarovski crystal bicone beads in assorted blues, a few other silver plated findings and there you have it! It’s fun to see what you can come up with whilst digging through the stash. 🙂

You can watch the Blue Crystal & Silver Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Happy creating!

Materials: 

  • 40 – 3mm x 2 mm silver plated crimp tubes
  • 1package 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone bead assortment, color “Muted Blues”
  • 12 – 2mm silver plated crimp beads
  • 12 silver plated crimp covers
  • 2 silver plated ear wires
  • bead stringing wire 

Tools: 

  • wire cutters
  • chain nose pliers
  1. Cut bead stringing wire into six 4-inch pieces. On each one string a crimp bead. Slide bead all the way to one end of the wire and flatten with chain nose pliers. Cover crimps with crimp cover beads.
  2. On two of the wires string an a pattern of nine 3mm tubes with five 4mm bicones, on each of another two use seven 3mm tubes and four bicones and on the last two wires use four 3mm tubes and four bicones on each.
  3. Slide a crimp bead onto each wire, slide wire back through bead until you have a very small loop just above last bead strung. Flatten crimps with pliers, trim excess wire and cover flattened crimp with crimp cover to complete dangle.
  4. Open the loop of an ear wire and slide on one dangle in each of the three lengths. Close ear wire securely and repeat to make second earring.
Nov 102012
 

These little maple leaf charms have special memories and I think they’re really pretty, but I’ve never been thrilled with the earrings… until now.

enameled-leaf-earrings-still

(You’ll have to check out the video for the “before,” as I forgot to take a pic before getting started.)

Just adding a couple small bead accents and new ear wires makes them into something wonderful that I love to wear!

Do you have any jewelry that’s been languishing sad and unworn, but you can’t bear to part with it?  Try this technique to make it into something new and special. (I’d love to see pics of your before and afters.)

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • two enameled leaf charms
  • two bicone beads to coordinate with charms
  • four seed beads
  • two ear wires
  • two eye pins
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Slide a seed bead, a bicone bead, and another seed bead onto an eye pin. Grasp wire where it comes out of second seed bead with tips of chain nose pliers. Bend wire at a 90-degree angle. Grasp bend of angle with tips of round nose pliers.  Form as much of a loop as possible. Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop. Use wire cutters to cut excess wire where wires cross. Use flat part of chain nose pliers to flatten and straighten loop.
  2. Open ear wire; insert one loop of bead dangle just made. Close loop. Open remaining loop of bead dangle and insert charm. Close loop.
  3. Repeat for second earring.