Easy Earrings

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Oct 182008
 
Whether you are making them for yourself, for gifts, or to sell, earrings are always a hit. My favorite earrings to make (and wear!) are simple dangles – just a headpin with a single bead and a wrapped loop at the top. Hang from a pair of french wires, and you’re done! Dress it up with some spacers or a bead cap if you’d like.

Tonite I made up several pairs of simple dangle earrings for my fall shows. I like using my fine silver headpins (no tarnish!) and earring wires that I’ve made myself – it really adds to the individuality of the piece, no matter how simple.

I strung one 6mm freshwater pearl, a Swarovski crystal wheel, another pearl, and finished off with a sterling 2mm round bead. I’ve got the Swarovski wheels in several colors, so I made up a few colors to offer in the same style.

Simple, stylish, classic. I love this style!
Jul 302008
 

One of the fun things about making jewelry in the 21st century is belonging to online groups who share interests, knowledge and sometimes challenge other members!

In addition to several other online jewelry message boards, social networks, and groups, I am active on the Michaels message board. I’ve gotten to know a terrific group of beaders there, and we hold a monthly challenge, which anyone is welcome to enter!

July’s challenge was especially fun. Each member assigned a three-color combination to another member, and the challenge was to make a piece of jewelry using those colors.

My challenge came from CrazyKat, an energetic and fun beader who asked me to make something using pink, purple and blue. Not my usual color combinations, but I was up to it!

I decided to use Swarovski crystals in the three colors, and keep the overall design very simple. Fine silver headpins, and a fine silver link that was fused and hammered. The overall design was organic with some bling, and I was pleased with the end result.
If you’d like to join the Michaels message board and one of the challenges, go to the Michaels website and click on the Beads tab, and then on the message board link (bottom of the page). You’ll need to sign up (free) to post comments.
Jun 272008
 
Wow, the month of June totally got away from me. Between Grand Cities, vacation, and an exciting family announcement (congrats to my wonderful daughter Bree and her fabulous finace, Nick!!!), I’ve just lost track of time.
Not to be defeated however, here are a couple of fun and easy projects that fit right into the Ornament Thursday theme: Independence…just in time for the US July 4 holiday!
You're the Star Earrings

You’re the Star Earrings

Sparkling Red White and Blue Bracelet

Sparkling Red White and Blue Bracelet

And of course, the other OT Gals are right on top of things, with a great variety of Independent projects that are fun and fabulous! Check them all out:
Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner Craft some red, white, and blue drink charms from vintage wartime posters. They’ll make a big bang at your 4th of July cookout!
Art Bead Scene Field of Poppies bracelet project from Heather.
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva Celebrate the Independent Spirit
Michelle’s take on Indpendence Over at http design, Michelle has scuplted a piece which gives a different perspective on independence.
Strands of Beads Melissa sees stars this month while considering the meaning of independence
Look for RED HOT themed projects in July!!!!

 

Apr 132008
 

My good friend Judy presented me with a challenge a few weeks ago. “Make me a necklace using this pendant.”

She didn’t want a plain chain, and really didn’t have any ideas on what she was looking for…just said she knew I’d come up with something.

When I started thinking about what to do, I first looked for colors. The crystals in the pendant are green, pink and clear AB Swarovski’s…but that green is more of a Granny Smith apple green than anything else. Peridot stones were close, but not a perfect match, and I couldn’t find any colors in seed beads that were even all that close.

I decided to offer Judy options…anything that she didn’t like could be sold, after all! The first thing I tried were some pink 11.0 seed beads interspersed with Peridot chips, and then twisted with another strand of the pink seed beads.

Second try was a tubular herringbone using the same pink seed beads. I love the feel of this snakey chain, and while bead weaving isn’t one of my favorite things to do, it worked up pretty quickly once I got started.

I got my final inspiration after I posted the first two options on a jewelry making forum…I thought about using a chunky chain and tossing in some peridot and light pink Swarovski crystals. Since I didn’t have any chunky pre-made chain, I made my own! The ovals are soldered jump rings, which I then “spread” using my Wubbers chain nosed pliers. I really like the looks of this chain a lot, and I think it sets off the pendant well – a funky and hip look overall.

I like this chain a lot, and I think I’ll make another – it was time consuming, but I think the end result was worth it.

So tomorrow I hope to present Judy with all three options and let her decide which is her favorite. How about you? What other options could I have come up with?

Feb 092008
 

Wow, I’m so excited!

Beading Help Web’s next Big Deal is up and ready for you! If you LOVE our projects, but don’t have time to shop, you can now purchase everything you need in a single kit, complete with instructions.

We’re starting out with one of our most popular projects – Amanda Earrings! Sparkly, sexy, fun, and elegant…in trendy Colorado Topaz and Light Rose Swarovski crystals. Special intro pricing for the entire kit is just $9.99, with FREE shipping!!! Simply click on the button at the bottom of the project page, and you’ll be directed to place your order through Beading Help Web’s parent company: Consumer Help Web. Within a short time, you’ll have everything you need (tools not included) to make these gorgeous earrings for yourself!

Check back as we’ll be offering more kits soon…plans are in the works for more of our great projects to take the plunge!