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Winter has finally arrived in Texas, and that means two things for this blogger. A) I now spend much more time inside, and therefor have plenty of extra time for crafting, and B) I desperately miss the sun and warmth of every other season. To cheer myself up over this chilly, gloomy week, I whipped up a pair of earrings using some brightly colored beads I had in my collection. (Pro tip: If you horde craft supplies like I do, always refer to it as a collection. It sounds more pleasant, and you don't have to admit that your "collecting" may be a problem.) You can find similar beads at the links below.
The supplies you'll need for this project are as follows:
- 2 Earrings Findings
- 8 Small Jump Rings
- 2 Long (2") Head Pins
- 6 Short (1.5") Head Pins
- 8 Chip Beads (4 Each in 2 Colors)
- Two Large Oval Beads
- 6 Small Silver beads
- Jewelry Chain (Approximately 3-4")
- 1 Pair of Round Tipped Pliers
- 1 Pair of Long Nose Pliers
- 1 Pair of Wire Cutters
The first thing you'll need to do is add the beads to the head pins, leaving a hoop at the end of each pin. If you're unfamiliar with the use of head pins, there's a great YouTube tutorial here. I started with the long pins, adding one silver bead along with one of the large oval beads to each of them. Then I split up the chip beads and remaining silver beads onto the small head pins.
As you can see in the image to the left, I mixed the beads up when adding them to the head pins, but this was merely a personal preference. You can split the beads up in any way that you prefer.
Next, you'll begin to add the pins to the chain. I began by cutting off two pieces of chain, about 2 inches long each. Then, I attached the pin with the large oval bead directly to one end of the chain (without using a jump ring). Then, I added each of the shorter pins to the chain using a jump ring, spacing them about two chain links away from each other. Then, I trimmed the excess chain and attached the earring finding to the other end of the chain, again using a jump ring.
You my have to make some final adjustments to the earrings (spacing of the pins, trimming the chain, etc.) but other than that, your earrings are complete!
These earrings are adding a pop of cheery sunshine to my jewelry box this week. The beads remind me of the soft greens and blues of sea glass, so I've named them my Seabreeze earrings.
If you're in the mood to make something else, why don't you check out my necklace tutorial over here?
What do you do to help chase away the winter blues? I'd love to hear about it in the comments! As always...