Saturday, 6 October 2012

DIY Beaded Earrings

TOP TIP ALERT!!
 Hold onto those spare beads and sequins you get with the tag of a new garment and use them make homemade jewellery. It will compliment your outfit as the colours will always match perfectly! Cost = £0
As you guys will all know by now, the TWB gang went off to the Cosmopolitan Awards 2012 on Thursday night. We had such an amazing time not to mention receiving Highly Commended for Best DIY Blog! So this feels very appropriate, a DIY post especially for the event!
We've been absolutely buzzing about attending such an event so our outfits have been top priority. I was so so happy with the dress I wore, I literally have never felt so glamorous and cannot wait to wear it again! We've all been thinking about possible accessories and jewellery to go with our outfits and its always a bit of a nightmare trying to get things to match. We've come up with the perfect solution to this tricky problem: re-use the buttons, beads or sequins that comes with a new piece of clothing to create your own unique jewellery. That way, the colours will always match and you're saving on cost! I decided to make my own earrings to go with my outfit. After playing about with the design A LOT, here is the finished result...


A few of these items are more specialist jewellery-making things rather than blog bag essentials but you  should be able find everything at your local haberdashery shop. I managed to get everything here from John Lewis. Silly me has left out one more item from this image, some round nosed pliers (see below) ...

How to do it:
It can be a bit fiddly at times but persevere! They'll look amazing when you've managed it.

Step 1: Take a pin and fill in with beads. I've chosen to thread beads on randomly but have a go at trying out a pattern. Leave a small gap at the top, maybe half a centimeter.
Step 2 and 3: Using round nosed pliers, curl the top of the pin into a hoop to secure the beads in place.
Step 4:  Repeat this using less and less beads so you have 5 strands of beads decreasing in size.
Step 5: Cut a piece of fishing wire about 15cm long. This will be way more than you need but it helps when things get a bit fiddly. String on the first strand (either the smallest or the longest) and a crimp bead. These crimp beads are so useful for holding things in place. They can easily squished to fix onto the fishing wire to act as mini stoppers. Fix this first crimp about a third of the way along the wire.
Step 6: Conitue threading on the next strand followed by a crimp bead. Again squash the crimp bead using flat nosed pliers. Repeat until all 5 stands in assecending (or decending) order are threaded on. Like the first, is no need to fix the last strand with a crimp.
Step 7: Thread one more crimp onto either side of the wire. Take the other side and thread it through the cimp to give a circle.  Then thread one side through again to give a loop ontop too. Secrure this by fixing the crimp with the flat nosed pliers.
Step 8: Cut off the excess wire and fix the small wire loop on to your earring stud. You can do this by using pliers to un curl the bottom of the earring loop slightly and hook the wire loop on then re-do the earring loop.
And repeat for a second earring! Remember to have the beaded strands in the opposite order!


14 comments:

  1. congratulations on your cosmo blog awards success! these earrings are gorgeous and such a good idea :) xx

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  2. it looks amazing,love the pearls!

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