Posts Tagged earwires

52 earrings: #13 Lilac & Lime

I’ve been making these little beaded charm beads during my lunch breaks: the tutorial is Charm Bead Spacers by Lynn Davy. They’re a good project if you just have a little bit of time for crafting!

#13 Lilac & Lime

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First of all I was playing about putting them straight on some headpins with sparkly green crystals – they looked nice that way, but maybe a little more baroque than my style?

Then I wondered if they’d fit on my pvc rubber tubing – they are charm beads, after all. With the beads I used, they fit on 2mm tubing – going up a size with the seed beads should get them to fit on the 3mm, I reckon. I have some pretty lilac frosted tube that looks nicely springlike combined with the green. I made teardrop shapes from the tube and brass wire so that the beads have the hole horizontally. I double-wrapped the tops and put them on brass earwires. I like these!

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I’ve been making more of the charm beads in other colour combinations, too. I imagine they will feature in more of my earrings…

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 12 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #12 Spring Green

Something quick and simple this week, since I’ve been very busy!

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I made this pair of green lampwork beads some time ago – I used copper ball-ended headpins for the dangles and earwires, and there we are! The green is CiM poison apple, a lovely bright opal green.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 11 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #11 Droplets

This design has been sitting around half-finished for some time – the copper washer needed tidying up and I hadn’t got round to it. I did a batch of them recently: annealed, pickled, textured with a hammer, drilled holes and then tumbled to make them very very shiny. These ones I used a ball pein hammer to texture.

#11 Droplets

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The drops are borosilicate glass by Unicorne Beads in the US. We have a supplier over here, so I got them at a bead fair some time ago. They do these drops in all sorts of colours – it was hard to choose, but I’m a sucker for tealy blues! I made a pair of copper ball-ended earwires to go with them.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 10 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #10 Acapulco

I really like putting turquoise together with bright warm and/or earthy colours.

#10 Acapulco

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For these earrings I used turquoise leaf beads, some really bright dyed orange beads (possibly quartz – they’re cloudy), a pair of my yellow ochre lampwork spacers, two sizes of turquoise seed beads and some little copper round hollow beads.

I’m not too sure about how well they hang with the extra dangles: they needed something there where the links join, but maybe I should have put an extra jumpring in there between the two main sections so there was more room. Obviously couldn’t do that after wiring them up!

I made the copper earwires and other ball-ended headpins I used.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 9 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #9 Misty Mountains

For these earrings, I used a pair of ceramic spikes by Petra Carpreau of Scorched Earth on Etsy.

#9 Misty Mountains

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I paired them with two African blood jade semi-precious beads – they have the same mottled green as the spikes, with the addition of earthy red. Wire-wrapped in sterling silver and hanging from sterling earwires. I hammered the balled ends of the earwires flat as they were fairly ‘rustic’! (See my last mention of having lost my auflux…)

I am umming about antiquing the silver to gunmetal so it matches the loops on the spikes better. I’ve got no idea if my liver of sulphur still works, however… I got it a while ago, have never used it, and it’s the liquid kind that doesn’t have a long shelf life. I wouldn’t want to get it in the top unglazed section of the spikes, either.

So I’m still considering that and should probably try it out on some copper first to see how it goes. I know you can try it with hardboiled egg in place of the liver of sulphur, but that honestly sounds like too much faffing about.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 8 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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