Tag Archives: Earrings

Back to the twins

It seems that I cannot keep away! I love the versatility of them, I also love the shapes that they make, all-stars and flowers. Happily the weather was glorious when I started this and so I sat out in the garden. My idea of happiness.

 

You make a series of these and then join them together to make a bracelet…..pictures when I finish it properly. πŸ˜‰

Twin bead diamond earrings

These are quick and easy to make. Forgive the turquoise and silver – colours that I always use.

Simple but effective?

Simple but effective?

Simple and easy – what’s not to like?

One final earring pattern using twins

I am sorry if I am over dosing you on twin bead patterns….just one more for today, I promise.

Another turquoise set of earrings :)

Another turquoise set of earrings πŸ™‚

Add the shepherd hooks to the loop just made.

Three patterns, all using twin beads. I shall use something different next time, promise.

This weeks makes

The first thing that I made this week are these chain-maille earrings:

IMG_0612As with many things, these are my interpretation of a design. I didn’t have quite large enough jump rings for what I was trying to do:

This is what I was trying to do but the rings only just reached through.

This is what I was trying to do but the rings only just reached through.

This is what I did:

I found it really hard to put both the blue rings at the top…

My next make is a lot simpler and a great way to use up left over bits of cords.

A very simple bracelet.

A very simple bracelet.

Simple, easy and perfect for lazy summer days. Today I saw someone wearing something very similar to this except that it had many more wraps to it and the silver tubes were bigger. It got me thinking. Maybe I should do another one with more strands and a different clasp….

Of course the advantage to this one is that you can make them in any colour that you wish, one for each outfit maybe?

Pearl Earrings

I decided that I should make some earrings using some of the lovely pearls that I have. Earrings are a great way to use up odd beads that are left over from bigger projects.

I decided to keep the earrings fairly simple to let the pearls do the talking.

Simple wrapped loops.

Simple wrapped loops.

Slightly more adventurous!

Slightly more adventurous!

Isn’t it funny how I thought I had made a neat job of the wraps until I saw these photos. πŸ˜‰

Diamond Beaded Earrings

This last week I have been working on beading techniques, and producing some lovely bits of jewellery as well (yes, I do say it myself!). Firstly I made some earrings:

The earrings.

The earrings.

In order to make these I had to master ladder stitch and brick stitch. It took a bit of practice but I managed it in the end as the photograph above shows.

Can you tell which one is my practice one? (the one on the left!)

Can you tell which one is my practice one? (the one on the left!)

As I mentioned the first stitch that I learnt how to do was the ladder weave. This was the starting point and was the way I built up the row of pearls in the middle.

The last three steps are repeated until you get the length you require.

For this pattern it was 7.

For this pattern it was 7.

To begin with I found it tricky to get the holes all facing the same way (up and down and not facing the beads adjacent), with practice and a bit of manipulation this became easier. We are now ready to start the brick stitch. This is where you realise the importance of the position of the holes in the ladder stitch row as you thread the needle under the thread that runs along the top and bottom of the beads.

Brick stitch automatically forms a triangle shape so you end up with a piece looking like this:

IMG_0560For these earrings I chose to add 4 pearls to the top as a loop to add the earring hook onto:

IMG_0561The thread has to be brought back down to the pearl row so you can complete another set of brick stitch:

IMG_0563This end I added a larger pearl sandwiched between two smaller ones as a final detail.

IMG_0564I have had real trouble with the photography of these earrings. I wish you could see the true colour of these earrings – they are a lovely bright green/turquoise colour and look amazing. I am really looking forward to the chance to wear these with a lovely summer dress. πŸ˜‰

This is a pattern that I really like and shall be doing again. I have an idea for a bracelet………

The other stitch that I have been working on is right-angled weave which I shall be sharing with you very soon. I really hope that you are having a wonderful weekend and not eating too much chocolate.

Jump ring earrings

I have made a lot of bracelets, a few rings and some necklaces. I need more earrings.

A simple string of jump rings with beads attached.

A simple string of jump rings with beads attached.

Smaller beads for those preferring less of a statement.

Smaller beads for those preferring less of a statement.

These are very versatile as you can change the size of rings and beads, the length and colours. Something for everyone.

These are very versatile as you can change the size of rings and beads, the length and colours. Something for everyone.

Two more twin bead projects.

I have really got into beading with twin beads and have spent another happy weekend creating patterns. I love that there are cross overs with crochet e.g. you can work in rounds. I also like that it is truly creative. This was a stumbling block for me for a while but I am now really loving it. I am hungry to learn more.

Some of you will be aware that I have been writing a blog for my local bead shop, which is where all this jewellery making has come from. There is some cross over with this blog as I must have photographs on the web somewhere to get them onto that blog. With me not being very techie I have decided that I may as well make two posts from the same thing. In that way. Should you ever wish to have a go at any of the projects then I do tend to link all the bits straight up to the blog so that you can easily get hold of the necessary bits. Anyway, on to this weeks projects:

I call this my star burst pendant.

I call this my star burst pendant.

I envisage this hung on a simple chain or even a bit of wire which would have a bit more structure. Here is how I made it:

It now gets a bit tricky; if this is your first one then you go around again, adding 1 more twin in between each of the pair of twin beads from the round below and then fasten off. If you are wanting to join it onto another motif you:

Go around this little circle a few more times to strengthen it and then fasten off.

Tips: Don’t pull too tight as it will prevent the motifs from sitting flat.

IMG_0132My next one came about when I was trying to create a more oval shape rather than circular. I came up with these earrings.

I was also keen to include some bicones.

I was also keen to include some bicones.

Here is how I made them:

In order to add the ear hook go through one of the end bicones, add a twin bead and go through each of the holes of it, add a seed bead, a hook, a seed bead and another twin. Go around this circle a few more times to strengthen it. Fasten off the thread.

IMG_0142So there you have it. Two more makes to add to my list (my own designs too!)

 

Twin Bead Earrings

My latest make with twin beads came from here

These are them!

These are them!

I hope you like them. They were relatively easy to make although I pulled the second (the one on the left in this photo) one a bit tight so it doesn’t sit as nicely.

Go through all the seed beads down each side , adding a crystal into the gap between each motif. At the end come out of the first seed bead, add 3 more on and go back into the third seed bead. Go back down the other side.

Go through all the seed beads down each side , adding a crystal into the gap between each motif. At the end come out of the first seed bead, add 3 more on and go back into the third seed bead. Go back down the other side. Come out the first bead at the top, add-on 6 seed beads and go back into the last of the three seed beads. This is where you place your hook.

The finished earring.

The finished earring.

As it is made up of individual motifs it is repetitive and so not a lot of different techniques are used. Fancy giving them a go?

It is still Christmas?

Beaded StarI have really got in to this beading lark. I love what you can do with twin beads and have even had a go at making my own pattern up – more on that later. This lovely pattern is one I found via pinterest (which, thanks to claireabellemakes I am slowly getting the hang of). I have made a little alteration to the original but it is mostly the same. It may be a little bit Christmassy but in my house Christmas goes on until the end of January 6th! Here is a little montage of pictures to show you how I made them

Maybe I should make more of these, ready for next Christmas whilst I am still in the mood?

Prom Jewellery

This will probably show my age but I didn’t attend a prom when I left secondary school. Did you? Now, it seems like all schools hold one. I have to say that it seems really nice, a bit like a mini wedding. You get all dressed up with a nice dress, get your hair done and organise a special (unusual) way to get there. Fire engines, limousine’s, VW vans etc. I am not sure what my shy and reserved 16-year-old self would think about it but now I think it sounds like fun.
The reason I am writing this is because we are coming into prom season and I was asked to make a bracelet and some earrings for a friend’s daughter. It appears that they had found the perfect dress but had been unable to find the right jewellery to go with it. As the dress has a high neck line a necklace would not work.
I have to say that the responsibility did make me quite nervous but I cracked on anyway.
They entrusted me with the dress so that I could choose the perfect beads. Yes I took it to the shop with me and had some excellent advice from them.
All I needed to do now was to make the pieces.

Knitted prom bracelet

I was undoing this to add a border around the edge so that the beads were a bit more ‘contained’. However a friend that I was with said that it was great as it was. Seeing how she is completely OCD about symmetry I took her advice and left it as it was.

Crochet Earrings. There are some 'proper' crystals in here.

Crochet Earrings. There are some ‘proper’ crystals in here.

As an added extra I recently added a ring as well. I had some beads left over and, having begun to get a bit more comfortable with ‘proper’ jewellery making I was keen to have a go.

The ring!

The ring!

Luckily everything has gone down really well. A huge relief although we did have plenty of time to rectify the situation had it not been.
I am a bit late joining up with Handmade Monday this week as my computer had a bit of an issue with theΒ  internet yesterday. (oh the joys!) I hope you all have a great week. Xx

Knotted Cord Bracelet Pictorial Totorial

This is the necklace I made in the beginners class last week.

This is the necklace I made in the beginners class last week.

 

This is what I used.

This is what I used.

Getting the beads off the string by cutting. Getting the beads off the string by cutting.

 

Attach on end of the finding with a knot.

Attach on end of the finding with a knot.

Adding the first bead onto one of the cords.

Adding the first bead onto one of the cords.

 

Tying a knot with both threads as well as including the ends of the first knot.

Tying a knot with both threads as well as including the ends of the first knot.

Adding another bead.

Adding another bead.

The finished bracelet.

The finished bracelet.

Some earrings.

Some earrings.

The finished set.

The finished set.

Finished knotted set and prom 030

 

For slightly more information about how to make this click on this link.