Mar 262009

It’s that time again, and the OT group is coming up with some beautiful Celedon (pale green) projects for you to make!

My contribution this month is a delightful pair of embellished ear wires – simple to make, and super cute to wear! I’ve used spring colors to symbolize all the flowers that are starting to poke up through the dirt, and soon will be blooming and bringing color to the drab landscape!

Easy Embellished Ear Wires
I found that a Czech glass bead, in the shape of a flower or bead cap, makes a perfect embellishment for a simple pair of French-style ear wires. Here’s how you can achieve the same look with your own wire and beads!Materials:

22g 1/2 hard sterling silver wire
Czech glass flower bead (2)
Decorative bead (I used a cat’s eye bead in a heart shape, pink color) (2)
4mm Swarovski crystal (2)
Sterling silver head pins (2)

1. Working from the spool of wire, thread a Czech glass flower bead on the wire, cupped end last.
2. Make a small loop on the end of the wire…you’ll use this for your dangle.
3. Let the flower bead fall to the top of the loop, and made a bend in the wire at the top of the bead to hold it in place.
4. Using a Sharpie marker or other round object (pen, knitting needle, mandrel), form the shape for the ear wire just above the bend.
5. Clip the end of the wire and file.
6. Create a dangle, threading the crystal and decorative bead on the head pin.
7. Create a wrapped loop at the top of the dangle.
8. Attach the dangle to the loop at the base of the ear wire.
9. Repeat for second earring!

In retrospect, I would bump up step #8 before #3 – it was a little hard to open the loop because of how it fit “into” the flower bead.

Feb 162008

It’s been a while since we’ve held a contest, and it’s high time, don’t you think??

First of all…..did you guess what Amy’s Geek Chic bracelet charms were made of? Here’s what Amy figured out before I gave her a couple of clues:

The beads are thin, round metal. They appear to have been cut from something larger. They are aluminum color with black text. The phrase ‘geeks rule’ is on a bead, and I swear I saw AT&T on one.

Yes, and there are also charms with Imation, Memorex, 3M, and KAO printed on them in some form or another. As well as “2HD”

Got it?

Yes! I was cleaning out my desk one day, and found a bunch of old floppy discs that I’d backed up all my data onto on that fateful day: 12/31/1999.

Not wanting to have data (no matter how old) just floating around, I tore the metal “shield” off, and cut through the disc inside the plastic cover. After I’d done a couple, I looked again at the metal shield and thought “I can use those….” And sure enough, they worked GREAT. So I not only made some cool jewelry, but I reused something that might have just ended up in a landfill. It’s not only Geek-A-Licious, it’s GREEN!!! 😀

So, here’s the contest! I’m giving you plenty of time to come up with your own Green jewelry, using mainly recycled items. No “junk”…make something you’d actually give as a gift or wear. Send me a photo via email no later than Monday, April 21 12:00 midnight CT.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2008, I’ll draw from all the entries and send one lucky person a copy of the new Interweave Press book Simply Modern Jewelry, which uses a lot of re-purposed and unusual components. All entries will be posted in the Beading Help Web blog, to show just how creative you can get with materials.

Feb 142008

I made this bracelet for a very good friend as part of an exchange of sorts that we have been holding the past couple of years. We all draw names, and then fill up a box with things we don’t want or need any longer. Included in the box are usually a couple of “good” gifts, and this bracelet was one of Amy’s “nice” things. (The exchange is affectionately known as the “Box of Crap” exchange, which is always interesting when one goes to the Post Office to send a 20 lb box, and then turn down insurance because “it’s just crap”.)

Anyway. 😉

No instructions for this one, but I want to play a game. No fair playing if you’ve already seen it on one of my favorite jewelry discussion forums!

What are the discs made from? 😀 Post your guesses here in the comments, and I’ll tell you if you are correct.