June 4, 2014

Finished Ases Style Beaded Earrings, Bracelet and Some Work In Progress

Ases style earrings - all done!


Ases beaded earrings DIY tutorialThese earrings are my recent triumph.  One of the few pieces of jewelry I've finished lately.  

It was over a year ago that I set out to learn to make Miguel Ases style jewelry. I've completed three pairs of earrings since then.  

That's one part of making beaded items that I find most difficult.  How to finish and connect them - either to each other or to ear wires.  

In this case, I made both components and there was no simple way to add a jump ring.  I ended up adding a an extender of 3 beads and a jump ring.  Luckily it really blends with the earring design.

Ases style bracelet - made that too!


But I've also made some other bits and baubles too - they haven't all been earrings.  Today, I made this bracelet with one of my brick stitched Ases inspired beaded components.

Ases style bead and gemstone bracelet


The beaded component is simple to make - just circular brick stitch around a Czech bead.  I added a jump ring through one of the thread bridges and strung it on elastic cord between some dyed pink jade beads.

Circular brick stitch component - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog


The jump ring is oval with the closure on the side.  That's important because it makes it more secure than a circular jump ring.  Since the component will usually hang on the top or bottom of the jump ring - and the opening is on the side, it won't slide through even if there is a little gap.

Since I took this picture, I added one more jump ring to make the beaded component dangle and swing around more.    I love this bracelet - perfect for summer.

Beading work in progress




My current work in progress is this blue glass beaded component - likely destined for earrings.  



Shape and design-wise, it is very similar to these Miguel Ases Black Quartz and Swarovski Mini Tear Drop Earrings.

The Miguel Ases earrings are beaded around a ring instead of a bead, but conceptually they are similar.  A center component, rounds of brick stitch, and a bi-cone crystal and round bead to raise and elongate the shape.  He fills the hole in the ring with a crystal - in case you are wondering.

Ases Style earring component DIY: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

I stopped at this point in the design on purpose.  If I want to do it right, this is the point that I need to add the connector so that it is part of the component instead of added on as an after thought.  

My plan is to use a couple of small chain links in silver - similar to the Ases earrings.  I like how unobtrusive the chain is in the overall design, but it is secure since the chain does not have an opening like a jump ring would.

With any luck, I'll take pictures while I'm making the matching earring.  There are a few other tricks that I've got to share on how to make this.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa I am enjoying your progress in making Miguel Ases look alike earrings. I adore his earrings also. Thank you for sharing all your thoughts and ideas. I will make an attempt to make a pair one of these days. Your blue earrings above are very similar to his. My compliments to you
    Regards
    Ida

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you Ida! I appreciate your comments and hope that my blog helps you make some fabulous jewelry. Just don't get discouraged. I look at some of my first projects (that I loved when I made them) and realize how much practice and trying something different each time has improved my work.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What kind of crystal and how does he put the crystal in the center on the earring and do you know what kind of ring he uses to bead around .. thank you lovely earings u made xoxo

    ReplyDelete