happy halloween !

Happy Halloween everyone!

I made a couple pairs of earrings this weekend. I think I'm slowly entering the denial stage stage where I refuse to acknowledge that my quarter is ending and that I have a million and three things to do. You know when you can see doom coming and you just want to stick your head in the sand and ignore it?

I think that is what I'm doing.

 Also, I'm going through a creative slump! It takes me forever to make a pair... and it's not the physical creation, it's the design that takes half an hour :( So the first earring will take an hour, the subsequent twin will take 2 minutes.

My usual workflow:
I queue up a season of Friends/Criminal Minds in VLC on my macbook and set it on my desk, fullscreen. Hit play.
Work work work work look up once in awhile work work
I don't get up until like, five hours later.


I made these yesterday.



and then today:

Usually I make one pair at a time, but this time I ended up making one side of each pair first.

Here are some pictures to dispel the mystery. Am I hurting myself in showing you guys my workflow? LOL ♥ I wonder...

work in progress:




finished products:


packages and new earrings!

I got a new package of mother of pearl beads come in today~ I'm (not so) patiently waiting for all my beads to come in. Is it just me who gets excited for mail?

more birds, I can't get enough of them:

Some small roses:

large leaves, these are actually a lot bigger than I thought they were going to be:


earring tutorial in 10 easy steps

Hello everyone!

It's been awhile since I've made a tutorial so I decided to make one today. I'm going to teach you how to make this pretty pair:

First off, here are the materials you will need:
gold wire, earring hook, headpin, round bead, flower coin, 6 small pearls, bead cap, small drop
for tools: I use needle nose pliers and wire cutters

* All of these can be replaced with something else--gold for silver, round bead for a faceted one, any sizes etc. The pearls can be 4mm bicones. You don't even need wire, you can use headpins for everything.

cut a strip of wire

On my pliers there is the space where there are two flat surfaces. They meet every time I squeeze the handle. I use that section to flatten the ends of wires so that I can slip a bead on and it won't fall off.

Just like this !

Slip on a pearl bead and finish the loop.

Repeat with the other 5 small beads. You can use the same strip of wire.
Set them aside.

Now take that same piece of wire. Make a loop.

Slip on your round bead.
Then your bead cap.

Slip on your pearls and make sure to spread them out.

Finally, slip on your rose coin.

Make a loop at the end. You can either make a standard loop, or you can make a wrapped look which goes like this:
Snip off your extra.

Doesn't look quite finished, right?

We need to add on the drop! Same concept.


Hook it to the bottom and close the loop.

tada !

Now hang it off your hooks:

Perfect! Now you're finished!

- A

this tutorial is not for resale

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