Friday, 6 July 2012

Beaded Tassel Earrings

My big projects are done!
Now that I’ve got more time to craft and blog about it, I’m hoping to update here more often.

beaded tassel earring tutorial

Today I’d like to share a tutorial for these beaded tassel earrings. They were inspired by some I saw in a shop a while ago; unfortunately I couldn’t pin them so I can’t share a pic of the inspiration!

This is a good craft for someone who is more confident in making jewellery; however this tutorial does briefly cover some of the basic jewellery-making techniques needed. 


 beaded tassel earring

You’ll need:
2 x earring hooks
2 x large bell-shaped bead caps with 8 loops/holes around the edge (10mm)
4 x smaller ‘flower’ bead caps to fit largest beads (9mm)
2 x large beads (9mm)
6 x medium-sized beads (to fit into large bead cap) (7mm)
80 x small spacer beads (3mm)
32 x small tube beads (9mm)
20 x eye pins (45mm)
18 x head pins (40mm)

Tools:
Flat nosed pliers
Round nosed pliers
Wire cutters

Note:
Sizes in italics are the approximate sizes I used for this project. I didn’t buy anything new for this--simply used what was in my stash!


beaded tassel earrings how-to
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1. Thread an eye pin in the following pattern of beads:

spacer - medium-sized bead - spacer

Add a bell-shaped bead cap over the top and repeat the bead pattern above the bead cap.


beaded tassel earrings
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2. Make a loop at the top of the eye pin and add to earring hook:
a) Use flat nosed pliers to bend the remaining wire at a 90 degree angle
b) Use round nosed pliers to curl the wire around into a loop and cut off excess with wire cutters.
c) Open loop of earring hook sideways using flat nosed pliers and slide on the top loop of the eye pin. Close again using the flat nosed pliers


make beaded tassel earrings
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3. Thread another eye pin with beads and bead caps in the following pattern:

spacer bead - ‘flower’ bead cap - large bead - ‘flower’ bead cap – spacer bead.

Close the top with a loop using the same method explained in step 2.


tassel earrings
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4. Connect to the bottom of the earring so far.
Thread a head pin with beads in the following pattern:

spacer bead - medium-sized bead - spacer bead

Close the top with a loop as before, and attach to the bottom of the eye pin added in step 3.


beaded tassel earrings tutorial
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5. For each earring, thread 8 eye pins and 8 head pins with beads in the following pattern:
spacer - tube - spacer

Close the tops of the head pins and eye pins using the method explained in step 2.


beaded tassel earrings DIY
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6. Join one threaded head pin and one threaded eye pin, and attach to one of the loops/holes at the edge of the bell-shaped bead cap.


beaded tassel earrings DIY
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7. Repeat for each hole/loop.


tassel earrings
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8. Once you’re done, your earrings should look something like this!


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6 comments:

  1. Wow, these are beautiful! Thanks for posting, I pinned these to make at a later date.

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  2. These are really nice! I think I have something similar to those bell shaped bead caps in my jewelry findings stash. I need to look! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Wow, those are very cool! I haven't made jewelry in a while :-(

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  4. Your Creation is Beautiful! I Love Exotic Style Jewelry.

    Thanks for stopping by my Blog for a visit and to behold our Awesome Curbside 'scores'! *Winks*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  5. Love these much! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love these much! Thanks for sharing!

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