Hello again! I don’t know about you, but certainly for me, every time
I have a lot of work that needs doing, I find there are so many other
things I’d like to do instead. That “lot of work” right now is a big
heap of beads that’s waiting for paint. Not that I don’t like
painting—I absolutely love it! But it’s a big job and involves many
hours of meticulous work. And while I’m busily painting away, my mind
wanders on to all those other ideas I have for new beads and jewelry.
thing is for sure, I really want to make more jewelry! Happily, I’ve
been able to consistently work towards that goal this year and it’s been
so wonderful to get back into it again… but equally as fun, is
sharing how I make my new jewelry with others!
Supplies you’ll need:
– earwires (a very minor 😉 detail that I left out of my photo!)
– 24 gauge wire
– 11/0 beads (I used iris gray)
– two 6mm round beads (I used turquoise howlite)
– two 8/0 beads (I used oxblood)
– two tiny brass spacers
– a pair of painted leather feathers
Tools you’ll need:
– tape measure
– wire cutters
– round-nose pliers
– flat-nose pliers
– bent-nose pliers
Start by cutting a length of 24 gauge wire about 10-12 inches long.
Make a wrapped loop on one end and string on a 6/0 bead, a brass spacer,
and a 6mm round.
2. Cut a second length of wire and repeat step 1. I like to work my earrings simultaneously to keep them matching.
Decide how long you want your finished loop to be and string the 11/0
beads onto both wires. I went 2 inches long with the 11/0 beads, but you
can go whatever length you prefer, just be sure to cut a long enough wire to complete the next steps.
Bend the wire at a right angle about 5mm from the last bead—this will
give you some wiggle room to form a nice loop without the beads looking
all bunched up.
5. Bend the wire around to form a loop and wrap a few times.
6. Using the same wire, wrap down over the top of the beads about halfway down the loop.
Wrap back over the top, creating two layers of wire wrappings. Cross
over to the other side, again wrapping down halfway and then back up.
Finish off by wrapping tightly beneath the 6mm round and trim.
8. Follow steps 4 through 7 to create the second beaded loop.
9. Add the feathers—put a dot of glue on the tip, fold over and wrap tightly with 24 gauge wire. Hang from earwires and your done!