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DIY Boho Turquoise Earrings

I love turquoise whether it’s the real stuff (used in this DIY) or dyed Howlite and Magnesite. Turquoise is a very versatile stone that is complimented by any metal tone. I especially love pairing turquoise with copper. There is just something about the way it looks that is just amazing. And when you mix metals together with turquoise, you get something truly special.

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In today’s DIY, we will be making the beautiful pair of earrings above. Below is a complete tool list and material list so you can make your very own lovely pair. Feel free to switch the stone out of a crystal and change the metal to suit your individual tastes.  I’m sure this will look amazing using a rich blue crystal and gold toned wires…..I may have to make a pair like that myself.

Tools and Materials

Materials:
22 Gauge Copper Wire (any temper is fine)
2 – 10x14mm Matching Turquoise Stone Flat Tear Drops (or drop bead of choice)
4 – 6mm Silver Plated Pewter Spacer Beads
2 – 6mm Oxidized Brass Spacer Beads
2 Copper Ear Wires

Tools:
Flush Cutters
Chain Nose/Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers

So, go grab your coffee, supplies and tools and let’s get started.

Instructions:

 

Drops Slip on Wire
Cut two pieces of wire about 4 to 5 inches each.  Thread a briolette on to the wire and center the stone.

Press the ends of the wires together using chain nose/flat nose pliers pinch the wires together until they run parallel to each other and sit

Drop With Pinched Wire

snuggly above the stone. It’s okay if the wires aren’t exactly side by side and cross just a bit. If for some reason your notice wires are not exactly the same length, don’t sweat it.  It will work out just fine.

 

Washers Added

 

 

Slide on a silver spacer, a brass spacer and a silver spacer.

 

Wraps

If you happen to have a wire that is shorter than the other, wrap around the longer wire two to three times. If not, just pick a wire. Trim the piece of wrapping wire as flush to the wraps as possible.

Wrapped Loop

 

 

Using round nose pliers create a wrapped loop. Trim access wire.  If you need help creating a wrapped loop, click here.

Open the loop at the bottom of your ear wire and attach to the wrapped loop. Close the loop. Repeat for second earring.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and will post pictures of your creations in the comments (if it will let you).  Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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DIY: Dangly Pearl Earrings

I love long, dangly earrings, and they are on trend like almost always. They are elegant and create the look of a longer, sleeker neck. Longer thin earrings can also an elegant look to any outfit.

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I also love unique findings and beads.

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Last week, I told you about coming across some awesome beads on the Halcraft website.  I purchased two beautiful mother of pearl beads that have little, tiny pave frames. So cute!

About a month ago, I came across some unique ear threader style ear wires on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

So lets grab our tools, supplies and coffee so we can get started.

Materials:Supplies
1 pr – Ear Threader findings
2 pc – Mother Of Pearl Shell Bead with Micropave Frame
2 pc – Head pins

Tools:
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

Instructions:
Slide a bead on a head pin and form a loop using round nose pliers. Repeat for second bead.

Close up of stone dangles

Attach the bead dangles to the bottom loop of the ear threader.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! (I strongly suggest opening the loop at the top of the bead and not the loop of the threader just to make sure it doesn’t break.)

Finished Earrings Close up of stone

Enjoy your new earrings. Until next time….stay caffeinated, my peeps.

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DIY: Double Chain Drop Stud Earrings

I have been seeing all of these gorgeous chain drop earrings EVERYWHERE!  So I just had to do a DIY for you.

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I recent saw one designer/blogger has made her a pair that only dropped from the back off the butterfly clutch of her beautiful diamond stud earrings.  These earrings have two dangles – one in front and the other off the back clutch of the stud giving you twice the sparkle and twice the swing. These also are super quick to make….so grab some coffee and your supplies and meet me back here.

Materials:

Tools

2 – 8mm beads of choice
2 – 6mm beads of choice
4 headpins
2 – 4mm jump rings (not pictured)
1 pair stud earrings with backs
Thin chain

Tools:
Wire Cutters
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers

Instructions:
Make four bead dangles by threading beads onto the head pins and forming a loop at the end.

Cut four pieces of chain in the following lengths: 1 inch (2.54 cm) and 3 inches (7.62 cm).

Attach the short chain to the loop of the stud. If the opening is too large for your chain, just use an additional 4mm jump ring per earring. Attach the longer chain to the butterfly clutch using a 4mm jump ring.

Chains on Studs

Attach a large bead dangle to the end of the small chain and a smaller bead to the end of the longer chain. Repeat for second earring.

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The beads I used were Jewelry Basics by Cousin Corporation of America #34716100 and should be available at either Jo-Ann’s or A.C. Moore.  I have seen similar beads by Halcraft available at Michael’s.

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Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings

Last week I showed you how to make some real simple wire hoop earrings.  Today, I will show you how to wire wrap little crystals to the spiral hoop to add some bling to your ring.

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Supplies:
Hoops from previous tutorial
28 3mm crystals
24 gauge half-hard wire

Supplies

If you are wondering why I used 24 gauge half-hard wire here, I like the tightness it gives to the wraps.  You may find it easier to work with dead soft wire instead.

Tools:
Wire Cutters
Flat Nose or Crimping Pliers

Instructions:
Cut a length of 24 gauge wire that you are comfortable working with.  I use a rather long piece so I can make work earrings without having to cut more wire.

Make a tiny bend in your 24 gauge wire giving yourself about a 6 inch tail. This will be your wrapping wire. Slide the bend along the top of the spiral hoop until you aBeginning wrapsre about 2 inches from the end of the spiral. Using the tail, wrap the smaller gauge wire five to six times around. Leave the end for now.  We will trim it later. If your wire is loose and sliding, give it a squeeze with flat nose pliers of use crimping pliers. I personally like using the crimping pliers as it will not squish the wraps.

 

Slide a crystal on to your wrapping wire, hold against the spiral, then wrap around the spiral three to four times. Repeat for the next crystal. Make sure you use the same amount of wraps between each crystal.

 

Continue down until you have placed the last crystal on.  Wrap the end around five to six times. Push the wrapping wire around and trim the end off towards the front of the spiral away from where it would be in the ear.

Trim the wrapping wire tail from the beginning at the front of the spiral away from where the spiral will hit in the ear lobe.

If you find that your wraps are too loose and sliding, drop a bit of glue like Hypo-Cement on the beginning and end wraps.

Adjust your spirals back into shape.

Finished Earring

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To wear, simply slip the spiral into the lobe and secure with a nylon stopper. Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings

For today’s Tuesday Tutorial, I will be showing you how to make these trendy spiral hoop earrings. They are super easy to make and fun to wear.

Finished Spirals

The lightweight wire makes these beauties easy on the ears for sure.  So lets get to it!  Gather your supplies and tools and meet me back here!

 

Supplies

Supplies:
18 gauge wire of choice

Tools:
Wire Cutters
Bail making pliers or a Sharpie marker
Cup Burr or a file

 

Instructions:
Cut two sections of wire about 9 inches each and either use your cup burr or a file to smooth both ends of the wires.

Grasp the end of one of the wires with your bail making pliers or press the wire against your marker barrel and give a slight roll to create a deep hook.

Plier Shot Beginning Spiral

Roll the wire around using your fingers to create a loose spiral. You can also use your pliers to help the curl along if needed.

Finishing the Spiral

Repeat for the second piece of wire. Place the spirals side by side and adjust as needed to make sure they match.

Adjusting Spirals

I polished mine to a high shine using MAAS metal polish and a cotton buffing wheel on my Dremel.  I sealed them with shellac to they wouldn’t turn on me.

These earrings are easy to embellish as well.  You can give them a flattening with a hammer and then dap a bit with a ball peen hammer to give a forged look, or you can wire wrap crystals to the spiral for a bit of bling.

To wear these earrings, simply slip through your lobes as far around as you like. I do recommend using Nylon stoppers on the end after the hoop is in your ear, especially if your lobes are a bit stretched out like mine.

Next week, I will show you how to wire wrap the crystals to your hoops.  Until then, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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DIY Super Quick Wire Spiral Ring

For today’s Tuesday Tutorial, I have come up with this super quick and stylish wire spiral ring. This ring makes in under 10 minutes and is great for those wanting to start into making wire jewelry.  It’s trendy and very petite. These little rings are very pretty made in colored wire as well. So grab your coffee and safety glasses, and let’s get started.

Finished On
I used 22 gauge Artbeads® Designer Wire in Silver Non-Tarnish for this project. This is a very soft wire and is easily manipulated.  If you want a stiffer wire, choose a half-hard variety of wire such as Beadalon® German Style Wire.

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Tools:
Chain Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Ring Mandrel
Safety Glasses

 

Instructions:
Cut and straighten around 12 inches (30.48 cm) of wire. Wrap the wire three times around the ring mandrel at the mark of your desired size.

Wrapping on Mandrel

Cross the ends and give a slight twist to tighten. You may find it easier to take the ring off the mandrel before moving to the next step if you are uncomfortable working on a mandrel.  Bring the ends around to where they are going in the same direction, and begin spiraling your wire around.

Leave yourself a slight tail of about a 1/4 inch (0.635 cm). Slide the ring off the mandrel. Using your chain nose pliers, fold the tails beneath and into the spiral. Press firmly so that the ends stay.

 

Wear your ring with pride, and stay caffeinated my peeps!  See you next Tuesday!

 

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DIY: Whimsical Memory Wire Ring

Today, I am showing you how to make a adorable beaded memory wire ring using a charm made with Swarovski® Crystals from Cousin Corporation of America available exclusively from Michael’s Craft Stores.  This bumble bee charm ring is so adorable.

This ring is fun and easy to make, and it will become your favorite go to ring in no time. It is also a great memory wire beginner’s project.

When I first saw this charm, I thought this little guy was a firefly. Either way, he is still super cute.  One word of warning: if you are going to be doing a lot of clapping, I suggest taking the ring off first.  I had a bruise on my knuckle.  OUCH!
Bumble Bee Ring 1
Supplies:
Ring Sized Memory Wire (I used Beadalon® brand.)
11/0 Seed Beads (Yeah….tiny ones)
1 Sunshine Bumble Bee Charm (or charm of choice)Tools:
Memory Wire Cutters (USE THESE AND NOT YOUR REGULAR CUTTERS!!!!)
Memory Wire Finishing Pliers (I HIGHLY recommend these over round nose for this project)Instructions:
Separate three to four rounds of memory wire and cut in line with the end of the wire.  Using the smallest part of the Memory Wire Finishing Pliers, form a loop at one of the ends of the memory wire.

Bumble Bee Ring 2
Bead your wire in any pattern or solid color of your choice.  I used TOHO Galvanized Silver,  Starlight Galvanized Gold and Hematite for my Bee ring. Bead up until you have about a 1/4 of an inch of wire left and form your end loop the same as you did your beginning loop.

Bumble Bee Ring 3

Attach your charm with the clip onto either one or both of the loops.  If you want a more adjustable ring, clip the charm on only one of the loops.

Bumble Bee Ring 4

This ring is easily customized to suit your tastes. Simply pick your charm and bead combo.
Bumble Bee Ring Variations
Enjoy your new fun ring, and stay caffeinated!
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DIY Quick & Simple Boutique Earrings

Today, we have two pair of quick & simple boutique-looking earrings that are sure to please.  These are super easy and great for beginners. All of your friends will be begging to know where you got them, and you get to gloat that you made them. With the simplistic instructions, making these earrings will be a breeze.

The supplies for these earrings feature the beautiful contrast of sparkly teal rhinestones and gold tones making them perfect for summer.

I fell in love with these little charms from Jewelry Basics, and they just happen to match some rhinestone cross connectors I had left over from a previous project. The photo doesn’t show the cut out parts of the charms all that well, but they are add so much to these little sparkles. They definitely fit my Bohemian style

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Supplies:
Jewelry Basics Metal Charms (34708135 – Available at A.C. Moore)
2 pkgs Cross Connectors (Blue/Gold ones) from Cousin DIY
Four Ear Wires
Four 6mm Jump Rings

Tools:
Flat Nose or Chain Nose Pliers (Makes it easier if you use two.)

Instructions: Cross Earrings
Use a 6mm jump ring to attach a small round charm to the bottom of one of the cross connectors. Attach an ear wire to the top of the cross connector.  Repeat for the second earrings.

Instructions: Teardrop Earrings
Using your flat nose or chain nose pliers, grip the loop at the bottom of the ear wire and twist to one side. Using a 6mm jump ring to attach a teardrop charm to the bottom of the ear wire. Repeat for the second earring.

I hope you will enjoy making these earrings.  Happy beading, and stay caffeinated!

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Tribal Gemstone Statement Necklace

This week’s Tuesday Tutorial is a beautiful, rustic tribal-looking gemstone statement necklace. I love the mix of vibrantly colored Imperial Jasper and antique brass.  The sparkles of the crystals adds in just enough bling to add some interest to the piece.

Finished Product

I fell in love with a strand of top drilled, Imperial Jasper from my local Michael’s Craft Store.  I think I may have gotten them some time last year. This strand was just one of those that jumped out to me.  These usually run about $9.99, but you can always use your 40% off coupon or wait until they are on sale. Either way, they are well worth the price.

Stones

The little tassel bit was purchased just the other day again at my local Michael’s on clearance for a $1.99.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Adding in the blush colored Swarovski crystals added some sparkly contrast to the deepness of the antiqued brass and highlighting the striations of the Jasper.

Supplies Shot

Supplies:
Top drilled, flat gemstone strand (I used a strand for Michael’s Sedona line)
Blue Moon Beads® Shortcuts™ metal connector available at Michael’s Craft Stores
10 – 3mm Swarovski crystals in a accentuating color to your gemstones (I used Silk)
Matching chain
Beading Wire
4 Crimp Beads
Clasp
2 – 4mm brass jump rings
1 – 6mm brass jump ring

Optional Supplies:
1 antique brass head pin
24 gauge bronze colored wire
1 extra matching Swarovski crystal
1 additional 4mm jump ring
Extender Chain (I ended up not using one)

Tools:
Crimping pliers
Flat nose or chain nose pliers
Wire cutters

Optional Tools:
Round nose pliers

Instructions:
Cut two equal pieces of stringing wire as long as you are comfortable working with. I cut mine to about 10 inches each.

Sort your stones into a nice collection of sizes and shapes.

LinksNext, check the rings of your connector to ensure they are properly closed.  You don’t want the rings catching on your clothes or your strung part sliding off.  An improperly closed jump ring can also break your beading wire.

 

Using a crimp bead attach the bead stringing wire to the outer rings of Crimpyour connector.  You can simply tuck the extra short piece of wire into your beads or trim it against the crimp bead.

It is best to use crimping pliers as this will enure an almost perfect crimp every time. You do not have to connect the wires at the same time. I did simply because it seemed like a shortcut.

String on a pattern of 5 crystals and 4 gemstone on one of the wires.

What I did next was to simply gauge how long I wanted my necklace to be.  I measured the length of the stones, crystals and center ring to figure out how much chain I needed to cut.

You do not have to do this, but I did so I could make sure the necklace would rest where I wanted it to.

Cut your chain to the correct length for your preference. I cut my chain into two 10 inch sections.

Using a crimp bead attach your strung wire to the end of a piece of chain. Repeat for the second side.

Semi finished

The finished piece felt a bit bland.  I wasn’t sure what to add to create the look I wanted.

Wrapped Stone

I had a stone that was significantly smaller than the rest.  I took 24 gauge bronze colored copper wire and wrapped around the top part of the stone.

I also added a Swarovski crystal dangle.  You can create one by threading a crystal onto a head pin and form a loop at the end.

 

I am very pleased with the finished piece.

Finished Necklace

I still have two stones left over that I plan to use for a different project.  Happy beading, and stay caffeinated!