Saturday

TUTORIAL: Initial Ear Cuffs




Here's something short and sweet and mindnumbingly easy.


I bought these alphabet charms from Michaels a couple weeks back. They're from the Martha Stewart line. Since I love gold and I liked the typeface, and I figured, armed with a 40% off couple, why not?


I decided to make a couple ear cuffs.



MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • alphabet charms
  • ear cuffs





These charms had some seriously strong jump rings--it was hard opening them. You don't need extra jump rings, just use the ones that came with the charm. I'm using brass ear cuffs.

  1. Open the jump rings on the charms
  2. Attach the jump ring to the ear cuff





Super easy!




Tuesday

CURVED BAR EARRINGS

I bought these curved bar tubes awhile ago when I thought I would make bracelets. (I didn't end up making any. They really are perfect for delicate bracelets though!)







Instead, I figured I would try to utilize them in earrings. I thought, why not? The curve isn't extreme enough to be too awkward, right...? It was a lot of experimentation.








The first step, I fed wire through the tube and made loops at either end.








I usually lay out my earrings out to visualize the final product-- I don't have sketchbooks, I tend to create in a very fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants fashion.


So this was my skeleton
  1. TUBE
  2. CHAIN
  3. SPIKE
  4. then comes the details.







  • Fishbone chain scraps (different lengths)
  • Crystals
  • Charms






These are my favorite color combinations.

  • WHITE/BLUE/GOLD
  • BLACK/BLUE/GOLD








My "workstation" --- a humongous piece of watercolor paper on my bed. (Next to a window!)






Then, I wanted to try out the same style/composition with longer spike beads. 


I shortened the length of the chain to compensate.









The difference between the two is very subtle.






Here are some other designs:









  1. My inspiration piece for the previously shown style. Very minimal.
  2. I like the idea of having a flower bead on top and a leaf at the bottom.
  3. I make weird connections in my mind. The cascading blue crystals reminded me of stars, hence the star bead off the bottom.
  4. Similar to number 3, I like the blue/stars together. I added the bead to the bottom of the curved bead.
  5. I've loved these pearl birds for years now.









All in all, this was a fun challenge for me to try.




Thanks for reading!

Thursday

REVAMP + LEFTOVERS







When I'm in a creative slump and it's hard to think up completely new pieces, I'll go through my earring collection and find pairs I'm not 100% satisfied with to try and rework.











Usually they're small edits. Take this pair, I took off the large jump rings-- and added smaller ones + a connector at the top. The large jump rings were fine, but I thought they overwhelmed the overall design.










When I take things apart I always end up with bits and pieces. The rejects.









Since they're already on headpins, I don't pull them apart, I store them for future use.



  • makes it easier to visualize new creations
  • makes it faster to make new creations








Currently, I keep them all in a cute geometric bowl I picked up at Target. Sometimes I look at people's workspaces and wonder where they put all their orphans.








This makes it easy for me to grab pieces, or throw them in.






Sunday

TUTORIAL: TASSEL EARRINGS





I'm jumping late on the tassel earring train. These earrings are sleek and light, and once you get into the hang of making the tassels, you'll be churning them out in no time.








I went into m&j trimming and bought a couple different colored tassels. For this tutorial, you can either buy pre-made tassels or use embroidery thread.








MATERIALS NEEDED;

  • tassels OR embroidery thread
  • a short length of wire
  • jump rings, 3-4
  • hook
  • charm
  • fishbone chain








The first thing you need to do is take apart the tassel.








Take about 10 strands.







Center the strands unto the piece of wire. Squeeze the end of the wire together.







Take a jump ring and slide it down the wire to the strands. It's going to be a wiggle and a struggle.



This will keep the strands together and make it into a tassel shape.


If you find your jump rings to be too big or too small, you can always take a length of wire and wrap it twice.









You can slide another one down for extra security.









Take a jump ring and add your charm.






Remove the wire.










Take your jump ring/charm combo and slide it through where the wire was. Don't close the ring.







Slip the jump ring unto the chain.








Open a jump ring and connect the hook with the top of the chain.






Almost done!





We need to trim the ends.









Finished!








Make them as long or as short as you want!









Thanks for reading!
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