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.

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.
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.

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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!”

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(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.