Look What I just made! I got these earring forms in a recent swap. I finally have enough red beads to do something with. They measure just about 3 inches long.
Here's a break-down of beads used... The Garnets are all Genuine stones.
2 garnet heart stones, no hole, from a broken pair of silver earrings. About 1/4" in size.
2 large, 1/2" round, faceted garnet beads... from an old room-mates broken necklace.
10 Garnet chips, in various sizes... I found a string of these on the street in San Francisco.
40 irridescent red seed beads, average size
10 irridescent red faceted beads, about 3mm. size, used on points of fringe
2- 5mm red faceted beads, 1 ea. in center of fringe
4 plain red round beads, about 3 mm.
6 round with red lining on clear bead , about 3mm .. These were alternated as first bead in fringe
Approx 65 TINY silver lined seed beads... Not sure of size... the smallest possible
2 flat-ended bead wires, for center stones
24 guage wire, for tassles- the tips were folded over and flattened
2 gold-tone chandelier frames, about 1. 5 " long, and 3/4" wide
2 gold tone fish-hook ear wires.
Very Fine gold tone wire for wrapping a bezel around heart shaped garnet. See back view photo
First, I made a circle of the tiny silver beads, to create a bezel to hold the undrilled stone
leaving a few inches of wire on each end, I then made an attached circlet of the red seed beads. The red beads were first wired onto the smaller loop of the earring form. The silver beaded loop was then wired in place, putting in stone when I was doing this step. after securing wire, then I put on the large bead.
Then, starting with the longest fringe, I chose the largest garnet chip for the center. I only used one large faceted bead in the center here. I did not want these earrings to get too big for me. There is about 1" of beads on the long tassle. They are all graduated in length. The fringe ends are using the 3mm. faceted irridescent bead. I wanted to mix up the reds a bit, so it would be more versatile with clothing shades.
I do not do this stuff much, so this project took some time. Wiring the circles to hold the heart-stone was not easy. But, there is no glue, and it is secure.
Here's the photos...
Here's a back view to show the wiring on the top circle, holding in the stone
Sorry, the camera flash quit here!
I plan to wear these for Valentine's Day!
Thanks for looking! Comments and Questions welcome!