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Tutorial: Elegant Earrings!

These turned out so well! I really like them. They are very elegant. I would feel so pretty wearing these. :) Feel free to use this tutorial to create items to keep or sell.

Ok, here goes:
- Earwires - I used these beautiful bali vermeil (24k gold over sterling silver) earwires from Bobbi's This N That. She also supplied my project with the great green and white glass beads you see! She is such a nice seller. Check her out! - 20 pieces of chain. I used 1.75 in for each length of gold toned, upcycled chain. Make sure you cut 4 pieces a bit shorter than the rest, at varying lengths.
- 2 small gold spacer beads (Mine are reclaimed vintage)
- 2 filigree beads (I used 4 upcycled beadcaps to make the beads)
- 2 headpins (the beautiful ball headpins I used are from Bobbi's This N That)
- 6 beads (I used really small, Czech glass rounds, also from Bobbi)

- 6 pieces of wire (I used 28 gauge, gold toned wire. I cut the length aroudn 5.5 in. The length and gauge is up to you and the size of your beads/chain)
- 2 beadcaps (preferably fluted, not round

Step 1: Place one of your beads on a the center of a piece of wire and twist the wire in the typical wire wrapping fashion. Only you don't stop wrapping as you usually would. Twist the entire length of wire together.
Step 2:
Thread the twisted wire strand with a piece of chain. Once the chain is resting at the end of the strand, by the bead, begin to wrap the wire strand around the bead. Don't be precise - just wrap each bead organically. They will all look different - that is part of the charm. :) You will do this for all 6 beads.

Step 3: Once you have wrapped all 6 beads onto chain, create a loop in your headpin and begin threading the chains on to the pin. I used this pattern: 2 plain chains, a short one with green bead, 2 plain chains, one with a white bead, 2 plain chains, a semi-short one with a green bead, 1 plain chain. Then, add your filigree bead and small beads (whatever you'd like!) to the headpin.

Step 4: Wrap your headpin around the earwire and voila! You have a lovely earring. Now repeat and you have a lovely pair of earrings :)

You can find the finished product at Lemon Jitters on Etsy. Thanks to Bobbi at Bobbi's This N Thats for donating some lovely supplies! And thanks to Dotty at Totally Tutorials for providing this tutorial exchange opportunity!


Karen July 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM  

Wow, what a great tutorial - and such gorgeous earrings! Bravo!


Evie's Tool Emporium July 29, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

I love the way the earrings drop! Beautiful work!
Thank you for sharing!

Bobbi July 29, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

Beautiful earrings, and a great tutorial!
I'm just thrilled with the wonderful job you did creating this!
Thanks so much!
(of the infamous Bobbi's This 'n That;>)

Rachel@oneprettything.com July 30, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

Those are beautiful, the chain is fantastic. I'd love to link to this if you didn't mind.

Lemon Jitters August 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM  

Thanks so much everyone! And yes- link away!

maxandmollydesigns August 3, 2009 at 5:30 AM  

Thanks for sharing this tutorial - I'm not a jewellery maker but it's something I'd like to try my hand at in the future & I found this really informative.

Right now my workspace could do with a good dose of your 'Tidy Tuesdays' - maybe I can put it off till tomorrow seeing as this is only Monday... ;-)

The Yellow Ribbon August 3, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

Very nice and classy. I'm going to tweet about this!

Lemon Jitters August 3, 2009 at 10:17 PM  

You're welcome, maxandmollydesigns. I'm really glad to hear that it could help a beginner. Remember - here at LemonJitters you can only be tidy on Tuesdays.:) So put it off until tomm. And if you miss it tomm, it has to wait until next week, right?

Awesome, The Yellow Ribbon - I so appreciate it!

quba August 13, 2009 at 7:58 AM  

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



Lemon Jitters August 18, 2009 at 4:51 PM  

Thanks, Patricia. I loove getting comments. Thanks for reading! I hope I keep you entertained :)

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