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.

Dec 202016

beaded fan earrings cover

Since Christmas is so close I figured we all could use a very simple, short and sweet project. These earrings may look complex but as I mention in the video I was able to put together one of them in 15 minutes. So a pair would only take you half an hour after assembling the materials.

Make sure to pick up some very fine bead weaving thread, like the Wildfire I show in the video, as each of the beads gets at least two passes and you need a fine thread to be able to do that through the small 15/0 beads.

In the interest of full disclosure I figured out how to make these earrings after first seeing this design from Linda’s Crafty inspirations on Pinterest. If you like bead weaving you’ll love her site! The original design is by Beth Clark and she has a free pdf of the design at her website. (Along with lots of other great designs!)

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video, happy creating and Merry Christmas!

Watch the Beaded Fan Earrings-Jewelry Beading With Superduos Tutorial at YouTube.

Sep 272016

copper dome earrings

It is so satisfying to take a simple blank piece of metal and with the application of a few tools turn it into something quite unique and beautiful. I suppose it  would’ve been more satisfying only if I had mined the ore and rolled the sheet metal myself. 🙂

Perhaps at first glance you might think that today’s earring design is far beyond your available skills or tools, but in the video I show you how you can make them with simple supplies that you can get at your local craft store. Of course, below I will provide online links to the things you need as well.

Also in the video you’ll see what I mean when I say, “make visual decisions visually.” I started out with an initial idea on how I wanted to use my glass beads, but after laying them out realized I needed to change things a bit to achieve a nice design.

Tools & Materials:

In the video I reference a few other videos I’ve made showing helpful techniques:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Copper Dome Earrings-Metal Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 222016

by the seaside earrings

One of the things that we all love about making our own jewelry is that we can customize it to make it exactly the way we like. But sometimes it’s nice to be able to make something quick and easy, so how can we still customize those pieces?

Today I’ll show you how to make a quick pair of beachy earrings with tips for how you can customize them every step of the way.

First of all, you can make your own ear wires. For more information on that check out my Friday Findings Making Decorative Ear Wires video.

Next, instead of using purchased bead caps you can do some quick messy wraps with wire to make completely unique accents for your beads.

And finally, you can customize purchased charms by applying Gilders paste in colors of your choice.

So have fun making quick and easy and yet perfectly personal earrings!

Tools and materials

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the By the Seaside Earrings video at YouTube.

Jul 222016

ff decorative ear wires

Here’s yet another way to customize your jewelry and make it uniquely your own: create custom decorative ear wires.

What’s great about using these for your earrings is that you can make the ear wires an integral part of the design, rather than just a functional afterthought.

The wire working is simple and satisfying, and in the video I show a trick for making perfectly matched pairs of ear wires.

By the way, 20 or 18 gauge wire is  best for ear wires. Any thicker and it may hurt to insert them, any thinner and they could potentially cut through the ear lobes.

If you’re looking for ideas for interesting things to do with ear wires, check out this Pinterest search for handmade ear wires. Lots of cool designs!

Some of the tools you may need:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Making Decorative Ear Wires video at YouTube.

Jul 042016

post & charm earrings

I decided to call this project “Post & Charm Earrings” rather than “Flower & Cat Earrings” because I wanted the focus to be on the design instead of the particular elements I chose.

This project is so incredibly simple, but so versatile! Like I mention in the video, you only need four elements: a charm to dangle from the bottom, a decorative earring finding, a bead and some wire.

Your personal choices of each of these four things can completely change the look of the earrings.

Of course, if you want to use the exact posts & charms I did, here you go: 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Post & Charm Earrings Video Tutorial at YouTube.

May 302016

yellow zinc earrings

Who says you can only find jewelry making supplies at the craft or bead store? I often have fun poking around in my local hardware store, seeing what there is that I can find alternate uses for.

I went looking for copper washers and was told they didn’t have any. My husband, who spends a LOT more time at the Depot than I do, assures me they do… in the plumbing section, not hardware. So that will be a video for another day. 😀

In case you don’t have a hardware store or Home Depot right down the street, I’ve provided a link for you below.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Zinc Yellow Earrings Video Tutorial 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 042016

blue geisha earrings

Sometimes it’s fun to start a jewelry design with the findings. These cute little fans just needed some beads dangling from them to be complete.

Skipping the wire wrapping of the top drilled briolettes and using jump rings instead makes this a super quick project!

I couldn’t find the exact fans that I used, but below are some pretty ones to choose from. If they don’t have holes where you need, remember that you can use a screw punch to make them easily enough.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Blue Geisha Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Mar 302016

gentle breezes earrings

One of the things I love about polymer clay is its ability to take on any sort of texture you like. This is one reason it’s so good at imitating other materials.

For today’s earrings we won’t be imitating anything, but just making and enhancing a beautiful texture. I’ll show you how easy it is to use UV resin to get that lovely domed shine which magnifies the texture and the gold shimmer.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Gentle Breezes Earrings-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial over at YouTube.