DIY: Art Deco Swing Earrings

Staying in the summertime groove of lightweight, slinky and sparkly is a must for jewelry projects this season. These earrings have so many possibilities that I couldn’t limit myself to only providing the pattern for one design, I also included the pattern for a pair that uses rhinestone chain. They are so simple (okay, one step is kinda frustrating) you will be inspired to customize the pattern yourself.

I’d love to see what you make from this DIY. Post your pics on Baubles & Beads Facebook page by August 2017 and I’ll hook you up with a coupon code to help you purchase more supplies.

Materials Needed (for the gold pair)MaterialsArtDeco-BaublesAndBeads

Preparing the Chain

Counting ball links is the least wasteful method of cutting the chain. It’s not so great for those of us with lacking 20/20 vision. Keep this technique chill by starting with each chain the longest length and then cut the rest down to size.

Step1ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 1: Cut the following number of chains into 1 3/4″ lengths: 8 black pieces, 4 silver pieces, 6 gold pieces. Repeat this step for the second earring and set them aside.

Securing the Chains into the End Cap

Step2ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 2: Feed one ball link of each chain into the slot of the end bar in the following pattern: 2 black, 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 black, 2 gold, 2 black, 2 silver, 2 gold, 2 black. Repeat this step for the other earring and set aside.

Step3ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 3: Using chain nose pliers gently fold the open end of the end cap closed while making sure no chains fall out of the cap (this is the tricky part). I usually use the tool to get the end to fold downward and then secure it tight by pushing the end against the edge of a table or hard surface. Make certain the end is closed enough that the chains can’t fall out. Repeat this step on the other earring and start to get excited.

Cutting the Fringe Pattern

It is inevitable that even though I measured each length of chain they are are different lengths. I like to count the ball links of center two chains so that I am certain the two earrings are a match. (I will also admit I counted them, all 32, by taking a picture of the earrings and zooming in on my phone so I could easily see the ball links.) I have made a lot of these earrings and every time I cut the fringe a bit different, usually because I make a mistake.

Step4ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeads.jpgStep 4: Each length of fringe decreases by two links from the center two chains. Cut each chain, one by one, starting from the center and working toward the ends. If you make a mistake simply repeat it on the other side and call it a custom design. Repeat the same pattern on the opposite earring.

Attach the Ear Wire

Step5-ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 5: Using chain nose pliers, attach the open loop of your ear wire to the loop on the end bar.

Designer’s Musing: If you are a keen tutorial reader you may have noticed my picture of materials includes a lever back ear wire while my list of materials uses a post. When I connected the lever back to the end bar I discovered the loop on the lever back was too small to allow the earring to dangle freely so I opted for the post earring instead. To keep my ears from reacting to the metal I always use precious metal ear wires on my designs even if the other materials are base metal, unless of course they are for someone who always loses the earrings I give her 🙂

But Wait There’s More…

When I decided to write this tutorial I had a hard time decided which earring to make. Why not both? Check out this hottie… (recipe ingredients are included below). Same technique just different chains.

Art Deco Sparkle Earrings

ArtDecoRhinestone-BaublesAndBeadsMaterials Needed (silver pair)

Win one of the samples by commen ting on this post before May 29th, 2017. We will choose one lucky winner and contact you for shipping details, good luck, & most importantly enjoy!

The incredible, inventive bead work of rock star designer Miguel Ases

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Oh, Miguel, how do I love thee? Let me count the chain links on one of your earrings.

I found out about this artist when I was working for a designer and browsing a flash sale website called Max & Chloe: they have tons of fashion jewelry and on trend items, but I was pleasantly surprised to find his complex, intricate, and totally original work amid bibs and personalized “bling”.

His pieces are beaded with a technique I can’t quite identify, it has elements of brick stitch but with out the traditional base, and seems to attach beads with thread wrapped around wire forms, sort of wherever it’s needed, in order to forge these swooping ovals and teardrop shapes, and some more free form than that, while incorporating teeny bits of chain and gemstones through out.

He does bracelets and necklaces too of course, but they are so very complex and involved that they don’t seem to translate quite as well in pictures, so I’ve only included my favorite earrings here.

One thing I particularly appreciate about his work is his palette. There are so many glorious color combinations, coupled with his unique assembly, that just wow me. And I really love that his price point isn’t so terribly out of range for us ordinary folk: sure, it would be a splurge, but not like something only the truly wealthy can enjoy.

I am in complete awe of the breadth of his collection, in color, style, and size. It’s so varied, yet I can see connections between even very different pieces, in the way he puts things together, chooses colors, and the forms the beads take as they marry in thread paths. I’m so in love with his work, I just want to go straight to the studio and try to humbly imitate.

See for yourself and be inspired.

—Julia

http://www.miguelases.com/

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Check Out Our Favorite Style Blog

One of the perks of working in a bead store is that inspiration often just walks right up to you. I have been following the DIY projects of Honestly…WTF’s blog for a while now and just love, love, love her style. In addition to jewels she also has tutorials on some nifty crafty projects.

-BeadShopGirl

Shell Earrings

DIY -Swarovski Pearl & Brass Disc Earrings

We just love the new connectors from TierraCast! Here is a quick and easy earring project using the discs. Of course this design would also make a great bracelet too!

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Tools Needed
Flush Wire Cutters
Roundnose Pliers
Chainnose Pliers

Materials Needed
1 Pair Bronze Ball-End Earwires
2 Hammertone Connector Discs
2 Antique Brass Plated Ball-End Headpins
2 10mm Swarovski Pearls

 

 

 

 

Step 1: String a bead onto the ball-end headpin.

Step 2: Bend the wire to a 90-degree angle so that it rests snugly against the bead.

Step 3: Using flush wire cutters, cut the headpin down in length so that it measures 1 centimeter.

cut wire down before making the simple loop

Cut wire down before making the simple loop

Step 4: Using roundnose pliers, gently grab the very end of the headpin and shape the wire around the jaw of the pliers to make a loop. This step takes several tool adjustments in order to fully shape the wire into a loop.

Use roundnose pliers to make a simple loop

Use roundnose pliers to make a simple loop

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 to make a loop on the second Swarovski pearl.

Step 6: Open the loop gently by holding the open end of the loop with chainnose pliers and twisting the wire end outward as shown.

Step 7: Feed the open loop into the disc and close it by twisting the wire end inward.

Step 8: Attach the earwire by opening the loop in the same manner. Feed the Hammertone Disc onto the back of the earwire (the hole is not big enough to fit the embellishment ball through it) and around until it rests in the embellishment loop. Close the loop.

Attach the bead and earwire to the connector.

Attach the bead and earwire to the connector.

DIY -Gold Shield Earrings

This sunday morning’s D.I.Y project is brought to you by yet another lovely bead shop babe!

To make these earrings you will need a hole punch, chainnose pliers, gold plate jump rings, earwires and 18 dimensional cube charms

Step 1: punch holes in the gold shield charms

 

step 2: attach together using gold plated jump rings

Step 3: add earwires!

Current Obsession — Marquise Rings

Here at Baubles and Beads we tend to get a little fixated on things.  Right now its our vermeil marquise rings.

Here are some examples of earrings we have made using them!

Inspired? Show us what you have made using the marquise rings!
and check out the ear wires we used in these earrings here ❤ shop Girl

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