November 5, 2014

Free Earring Tutorial - My Most Popular Pin Version 2

Over the weekend, I made these earrings from a free tutorial by Anacely Olmedo that happens to be the most popular pin on my Pinterest boards.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

I tried to make them as close as possible to the tutorial and give feedback for anyone else interested in making them.  You can see the post here.

Yesterday, I decided to re-work the design a little.  I've only got as far as the frames, but here is my version.


In general, I like more width to my earrings, so I decided to make the eye much larger.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog


I still started with a 6 inch piece of 18g wire.  This time I used copper.

Then, I bent the wire in half, flattened the edges together and separated the wire to make the peak.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

To make the circle, I used my large Three Step Wire Looping Round Nose Pliers and used the largest barrel.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

This shape reminds me of a flower bud or lotus.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

I had problems making 4 twists on the last pair of earrings, so I cut it down to two.  I was able to do them evenly.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Added a couple of spirals.  I didn't measure the remaining wire, just trimmed so both earring frames are even.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

And I thought some dangles might be a nice addition, so rather than an additional spiral I added a loop.

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

And by doing that - it occurred to me that these can now hang either way.  That's interesting!

Free Earring Tutorial from my most popular Pinterest Pin - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Hammered and my new frames are all done - ready for some beads!!

I'll try to embellish these frames with wire and beads tonight and have show and tell tomorrow.


7 comments :

  1. Well, it only makes sense, doesn't it? You can build the earrings around a certain pair of beads, making the eye as large or small as you need. Well done!

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    1. Why thank you - and now to decide what to fill them up with!

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  2. These are great--I love the versatility of hanging them either way.

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    1. Me too! Sometimes, it's just dumb luck - but I guess you have to be open to the possibilities.

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  3. Thank you so much for posting this. I am new to jewelry making and found this very helpful. I learned some new techniques and was able to follow your instructions easily. Very well written and good pictures.

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    1. Great! I hope you'll find other posts and tutorials helpful. I try to write it all as I do it because it helps me too. I can't tell you how many times I used to find an old project that I'd want to make again and I can't remember how I did it or what tools I used. Now that doesn't happen nearly as much - lol.

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  4. I wish I could show you my last iteration of this tutorial. I made a pair in copper with green beads, in 18 gauge, which my older daughter promptly borrowed and is refusing to return. I don't have a huge variety of wire in larger gauges, but I had acquired some 12 gauge colored aluminum wire a few months back, and since it's super-easy to shape, I thought I'd give it a try. I used red, with red glass beads and silver 28 gauge wire. Since the color comes right off, I didn't hammer the twists. But the effect is marvelous, and they ended up being very flashy. I will put a pic on my Pinterest board. My camera isn't great, but I'm not trying to sell them, so it doesn't matter, right?

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