I decided to spoil myself this March and make myself a pair of earrings for every day. I meant to post them daily, but life gets in the way. 🙂
I’ll catch up a little bit at a time, and give a little how-to with each pair.
I started by going through my stash of stone beads. I had just finished a custom order (here) and really wanted to keep playing with the stones. These beads are jasper with really pretty tones of green in teal to lime. I wanted to feature them, so I didn’t pair them with any other beads. I choose an aged bronze wire to keep with the earthy tones. First I made the coil you see at the bottom, strung on the bead and finished with a wrapped loop. I used silver-tone shepherd hooks but will probably swap them out for bronze coloured ones.
For this pair of earrings I used a couple of round lava beads that my mother-in-law got for me while she was vactioning in Thailand (or thereabouts). I paired them with some leopard jasper chip beads. The secret to getting the earrings the same length is luck and having a wide variety of chips to choose from. You have to pick two chips of roughly the same size at a time, one for each earring. It will take a lot longer if you pick the chips for one earrings and then try to match them for the other. I used some black metal findings to keep the tone dark. I don’t know if these findings are nickel-free, but luckily I’m not allergic. I used a head pin, strung on the chips, the lava bead, one leopard jasper chip, and then using round nose pliers bent the end up. I then used flat nose pliers to squeeze the wire together and up to make a knob so the beads can’t slide off. Finish with a jump ring connecting the eye pin to the earring finding. Ready to go.
He’s getting big. 🙂