December 9, 2011

DIY Tangled Stone Earrings

Today class, we're going to combine a series of past TIMI DIY experiments into a new project. Here's a little DIY math problem for you all. 


Gemma Redux's tangled earrings!

I may sound like a broken record here, but what I love most about this project is that I had all the materials on hand. It gives me a chance to use up all those loose jewelry making odds and ends that I've accumulated: beads (leftovers from this bracelet), short pieces of chain, earring wires... It feels great to use stuff from the stash and not have to buy new materials. 

(not pictured, but crucial: earring hooks)

How-to after the jump.
To begin, I slid a piece of chain onto an eye pin, through one of the links.



Add another piece of chain.


Add a bead. I wrapped the chain around the bead and doubled it back onto the pin, like below.


Add the other beads and more pieces of chain, doubling the chain back onto the pin to create a layered and tangled effect. I also twisted and looped the chains together.


Once I had enough beads I bent the end of the eye pin toward the "eye", pushed it through, and made a loop connecting the two ends together. Add an earring hook, and ta-daaaa!


13 comments:

  1. Lovin' these...going through my supplies now!

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  2. great idea! i have tons of tidbits of chain that i never know what to do with!

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  3. Those are incredible!

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  4. Erin, those earrings are beautiful!!! I want to make a pair right this second.

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  5. Very cool! I have been wanting to make something like this for a little while now.

    lilyatlantic.blogspot.com

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  6. I totally know what you mean about using up spare materials! - Hence all the chain work in my recent projects ^_^

    Loving the geology theme - I think it's time I found some of these beads.

    PQP
    http://prettyquirkypants.com
    xx

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  7. Really really loving this...I will be doing this soon...

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  8. Anonymous7:42 AM

    These look great!! Will repinning on Pinterest! Thanks!

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  9. Thank you so much. I will make it.

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