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Archive for the month “August, 2010”

See Green

 
I never thought I would ever wear these psychedelic earrings! Never say never. They really came in handy when my girlfriends and I celebrated 80s night! It was a rad night!!!
Supplies:
24 – 2 mm green glass beads
24 – 2 mm blue glass beads
16 – 2 mm green glass beads
2 – 6″ silver wire, 20 – 22 guage
2 – hooks

Tools
Basic Tool Kit

Duration
25 minutes

Length: 2.5″

The Idea

Create a loop with your chain nose pliers, with the silver wire and bend the remaining wire 90 degrees perpendicular to the loop you just created. Wrap the wire around a 1″ mandrel until it overlaps, to create the round shape for the loop. Add the beads (refer to picture for color scheme). Once all the beads are in place, close the wire loop with 2 loops. Cut the remaining wire and add your hooks. Repeat.


Tip:
Lay out your beads in order to see the color scheme and to speed up the process of threading the beads..
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Round About

Supplies:
2 – round glass beads
2 – 6″ silver wire, 20 – 22 guage

Tools
Basic Tool Kit

Duration
15 minutes

Length: 2″

The Idea
About 1 1/2″ from the end, wrap the silver wire around a smooth barreled object (a pen works great). Cross the ends of the wire and at the section where they intersect, bend the longer wire up 90 degrees with a chain nose pliers. Wrap the tail around the base and close it as if you were making a huge wire wrapped loop.

Straighten the remaining wire if needed and slide the bead to lay on top of the circle. Depending on how long you want your earring (I recommend about 1 – 1 1/2″), wrap the wire around a pen to create the “U” shape. Make sure it’s perpendicular to the circle. Cut the remaining wire to your desired length and curl up the last 1/4″. File to smooth away any rough edges on the wire. Repeat for other earring. 

Tip:
Round beads work better for this. You won’t have to worry about them turning to the side.
Design Inspired by Sara Schwittek; Perfect Match – earring designs for every occasion 2008

Green With Envy

Supplies:
2 – earring hooks
2 – sea green foiled glass beads
2 – 7 mm silver beads
2 – 3 mm silver spacer beads
2 – silver headpins

Tools
Basic Tool Kit

Duration
15 minutes

Length: 2.5″

The Idea
To create the dangle, thread the spacer bead, green bead and silver bead through a headpin and close with wire loop or simple loop. Attach earring hook. This casual earring will make your friends green with envy. (Tip: Round beads work great too!)

Snow Balls


I love how simple these earrings are, yet versatile and classic. You can wear them with jeans or a nice evening dress. These earrings are one of my favorites.


Supplies:
2 – 5″ 20-gauge silver wire
4 – 3 mm white pearls
2 – 10 mm clear or white round glass bead
2 – silver headpins

Tools
Round nose pliers
Flat nosed pliers
Flush wire cutters
Mandrel to make the rounds for the hooks

Duration
20 minutes

Length: 2.5″

The Idea
To create the dangle, thread the glass bead and pearl through a headpin and close with a wire wrapped loop. For the hook, begin with a wire wrapped loop. (Tip: Before you close the loop, insert the dangle! I’ve done this without inserting the dangle a few times and left with a nice wire wrapped loop. You can still use this for another project.) After you close the loop, insert another pearl. Bend the wire 90 degrees with your flat nosed pliers. Next, wrap the wire around a mandrel or something round to create the hook. Bend up the last 1/4″ of the wire and cut the rest with your wire cutters. Repeat for the other earring.

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