It's earring making time again! Seems these days, I only ever make jewelry for tutorials… but I do like the break from beadmaking once in a while!
The stars of these new earrings are a pair of lovely beaded beads from our very own Kristen Stevens—I love her beaded beads!
Come see how to make your own earrings…
Supplies you'll need:
- 22 bronze gauge wire
- 2 silver earwires
- 2 beaded beads
- 2 8mm silver beads
- 2 8mm round beads (I used turquoise howlite)
- 2 5mm round beads (turquoise howlite for these too)
- about 16 inches of ribbon or fabric
Tools you'll need:
- tape measure
- wire cutters
- round-nose pliers
- flat-nose pliers
- bent-nose pliers
1. Cut two 16 inch lengths of 22 gauge wire. Put a silver bead on each wire and wrap the wire once around, leaving a 3 inch tail.
2. Place the beaded beads just above the wrapped wire.
3. Cut the fabric or ribbon into pairs of three lengths. I did two pairs 3 inches long and one pair 2 inches long. You can do these whatever length you want—just keep in mind that the longer they are, the more bulk you'll have on your finished earring and you made need a longer wire for the wire wrapping.
4. Take the long end of the wire and thread it through the fabric, folding as you go. Place the 8mm howlite bead just above the folded fabric.
5. Thread the other 3 inch length of fabric, add the 5mm beads, and the last length of fabric.
6. Scrunch everything down on top of the beaded beads and form a small wrapped loop.
7. Wrap the tail of the wrapped loop down over the top of the fabric and howlite beads to the beaded bead. Wrap tightly, adjusting the folds of the fabric as you wrap and trim any unruly fabric with scissors. Lastly, wrap that first tail of wire above the silver bead. Repeat with the other earring… add your earwires and you're done!! Enjoy!
Happy earring making!!