Jewellery Making #14 – Selection of Earrings

Here’s a selection of different earrings that I have created over the past year that I wanted to share with you.

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This first pair was made as a gift for a work colleagues birthday. The leopard print beads are made from shell.

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These butterfly charm earrings were paired up with a mobius ring made from some larger jump rings that I had. I  have recently started to use coloured metal other than silver and quite like the effect that you get from using antique bronze coloured findings in my pieces as it makes things look very vintage.

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These pretty but simple dangle earrings use glass pearls and large beadcaps.

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These use some quite small but pretty beads that I had to finish off a design using some dove shaped charms.

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These dangle earrings were made using some beads that I had in a petrol effect type finish.

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Lastly these cute earrings were made from some little turtle beads I came across in a bead shop in Weston Super Mare that I discovered when we went for a day trip to the seaside last year.

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Jewellery Making – #12 – More Bracelets

Here are some more bracelets that I have handmade.

The below bracelets are pictures of some of the first chain maille jewellery that I made. The completely silver coloured byzantine bracelet was my first ever piece of chain maille jewellery.

The pictures below are a jewellers bronze 5 ring mobius bracelet that was from a kit that I purchased online. I found the instructions that came with this quite confusing to follow and so found the bracelet hard to make. Since then I have realised that to make one mobius ring on it’s own is very easy. However the instructions with the kit told you to attach jump rings to make the whole length of the bracelet first, and then add rings going along the length of the bracelet in layers until your mobius rings are complete. This leads me to wonder if it would be a lot easier to create the bracelet by making a complete mobius ring, then creating your next mobius ring attached to the first one and repeating this until you have the length you desire.

Jewellery Making – #11 – Bracelets

Here are some bracelets that I have handmade. Bracelets are my favourite kind of jewellery and I don’t normally leave the house without at least 1 bracelet on each arm.

Jewellery Making – #10 – More Necklace Sets

Here are some more of the necklace sets I have made. Most of the necklaces I make are short in length. However the last picture with the blue and purple square beads show my first long necklace, and is actually one of my favourite necklaces.

Jewellery Making – #9 – Necklace Sets

Here are some of the necklaces and matching bracelet sets I have made. Some also have matching earrings. Most of these are from the very first jewellery that I made (with the first picture being the very first), so some of the pictures are not of good quality. Despite this I hope you like them.

Jewellery Making – #8 – Watches, Charms, Rings and Earrings

These pictures show a variety of different handmade jewellery type things that I have made.

Charms:

These are the kinds of charms you attach to bags or phones. The dragonfly one I actually have hanging from my car rear view mirror. The most complicated one was the teddy bear one made using tiger tail and seed beads, which I made for my boyfriend. Sorry about the quality of some of the photos as they are quite old from before we had a camera that could do close up shots.

Ring:

This ring was made using elastic and seed beads, along with a focus bead.

Earrings:

The yellow star earrings are actually origami and are made from a thin long strip of paper. They are called lucky stars.

Watches:

These are watches I made using some beads on tiger tail. They were made so that the strap could easily be swapped for a different design.

Jewellery Making – #7 – Dragon Fly and Other Necklaces

Here are some of the necklaces I have made, most of which are dragon fly themed.

The blue one above was actually made by my aunty, and is the person who I learned how to make these from.

The wings are made from beads called dagger beads.

They are fairly simple to make using tiger tail,and I think they look quite pretty.

The next picture shows a flower necklace I made using the same dagger beads.

The following necklace was also made using dagger beads.

This next necklace was made by wrapping wire around a pebble my brothers brought home from a trip to the seaside one day. The wire didn’t wrap how I would have liked. I am not very good at wire wrapping but I think that’s because I need to learn more about which wire is best to use as this wire didn’t hold in place very well.

This next butterfly pendant was made using very thin wire.

Jewellery Making – #6 – Mostly Chain Maille

Many of this batch of pictures are of chain maille type jewellery that I have made. I made my first piece of chain maille jewellery earlier this year on my 25th Birthday. It was a silver plated byzantine style bracelet and was part of the only jewellery making class I have been to, which my friend from work booked for us. Once you understand how to make a particular pattern it can be quite easy to make jewellery that looks quite fancy, so I’ve been interested in such jewellery ever since.

Byzantine Style Bracelets:

These were all made from silver plated enamelled coloured copper jump rings.

Chain Maille Style Earrings:

I feel a bit of chain maille mixed with some simple beads can create some quite elegant looking jewellery. For example the earrings I have made with a mobius ring added to the bottom of them like in the above picture.

Other jewellery:

The above images are of some other jewellery I made during the same weekend. Out of all the jewellery shown in this post, the plaited seed bead bracelet in the last picture was actually the most frustrating to make. This was because every time I came to tie up the end, the plait had half come undone, making it all loose. In the end I just had to settle for it being how it is in the picture.

Jewellery Making – #3

Here’s another photo heavy post showing off more of my handmade jewellery. The button earrings are my favourite out of the ones shown below. I could spend hours looking at photos in people’s blog posts. Enjoy!