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« on: July 09, 2004 12:04:08 AM »

This is the first pair of earrings I've made that I really like. I copied a design I saw in In Style a few months ago. The photo quality is sort of horrible, but they're lemon quartz briolettes and clear/blue quartz rounds.
Any feedback is appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2004 12:32:28 AM »

I am sorta blind lol  Wink ,added 2 b the bad quality of foto... but they look really cool! About how long are they? Did u exactly copy the design, or add ur own spin to them?

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2004 05:32:58 AM »

 Grin I love those! Drop earrings are great, and I love that we can make things we saw in a fashion mag, but WAYYYY cheaper. Great job!
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2004 08:37:21 AM »

They're about 4" long from the top of the hook to the bottom of the bead. I copied the design using stuff that I already had, so I had to put my own spin on them. Here is a pic of the original design by Gara Rakow:

These ended up only costing me about $20 to make. With the money I'm saving making my own jewelry, I might finally be able to afford a decent digital camera.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2004 06:42:22 PM »

I love the second earrings...do you have a tutorial?  What kind of bead are thoe?

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2004 09:33:12 PM »

where did you buy the supplies?? you say it only cost you 20 bucks? I want to get in on that place...

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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2004 10:25:33 PM »

Check out this tutorial: 


I made these and they were pretty easy.  Good luck!
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2004 03:17:58 PM »

I love the second earrings...do you have a tutorial?  What kind of bead are thoe?


bkrennig4's link provides a good tutorial for wire-wrapping, but here's a mini tutorial for these earrings:
Materials & Tools:
       * ear hooks
       * 4 jump rings
       * 4-6" chain (depending on how long you want the earrings to be) - cut it in half for two equal pieces
       * 2 side-drilled briolettes
       * 14 small (3-4mm)  round or 28 2-3mm button faceted beads
           ***These sizes are just a suggestion. Use beads that are in proportion to your briolettes.
       * head/eye pins or jewelry wire

       * wire cutters
       * pliers (I used round nose & needle nose pliers for this)

Step 1: Wire wrap the beads for the bottom drop
For the briolettes, insert wire or eye pin through the hole so that the ends are about the same length.
With your pliers, bend the ends up, following the angle of the bead.
Bend the end with the "eye" so that it stands perpendicular to the bead.
Wrap the loose end around the stem of the eye pin.

Thread 1 round bead or 2 button faceted beads on a head pin or piece of wire (if using wire, use pliers to make a tiny bend or curl in one end so the beads won't slip off). Bend the free end to make an eye loop.
Do this with 8 round beads or 8 pairs of button beads.

Step 2: Put 1 briolette and 4 smaller beads/pairs on a jump ring. Add chain, then close ring. The order should be round - round - briolette - round - round - chain.

Step 3: Attach the other end of the chain to a jump ring, and the ring to your ear hook.
Wire wrap the remaining small beads on to the chain.

I hope this helps.

The Gara Rakow earrings are tourmaline & purple quartz, but she does them in a variety of colour combinations.

where did you buy the supplies?? you say it only cost you 20 bucks? I want to get in on that place...

I used sterling silver ear hooks, jump rings, and chain ($4/ft at my local bead store), so that cut costs. The lemon quartz briolettes were the most expensive pieces. I managed to get a very nice discount on a strand of them at the Bead and Button show back in May, so they weren't obscenely expensive, but still...
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2005 03:28:07 PM »

I don't know how I missed this post.  Thanks for the tutorial.  I love the earrings though the picture doesn't do them justice.

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2005 04:34:35 AM »

your earrings are beautiful, esp the second pair... they look very vintage, but you can probably wear them on any occasion!!!

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