Mar 282017
 

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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.

Mar 032015
 

Happy first What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday  of March!

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Today I’m still working through Abby Hook’s Wire Jewelry Masterclass.

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Here is one of her Mermaid’s Purse earrings done and the frame for the second one started.

I love that the fine gauge wire was reclaimed from discarded electronics by my son. All I have to do is run it through a candle flame to burn off the coating, then remove the firescale with a bit of sandpaper.

Wondering why I’m posting photos of my desk? Well it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all go visiting the creative spaces of creative people all over the world. The blog link party starts at Julia’s.

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 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!

Jun 282012
 

In the summer I love to put my hair up and wear a pair of long, dangly earrings.  They just seem to have more impact without all those curls in the way.  Anyhow, I just made these turquoise and seed bead earrings to go with my new peasant blouse and thought you might be in need of some jewelry inspiration.

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So simple, so adaptable to whatever you want and so much fun! Enjoy the video tutorial.

Happy Creating. 🙂