I was walking through Michael’s one day looking for something totally unrelated to jewelry when some beads in the new Martha Stewart jewelry line caught my eye, and I knew that I had to have them! (This is not a sponsored post, by the way. Just me loving bling.) 😉 I love bling, I love purple, and I love the ombre thing. (Except in hair. It’s a bit much for me. I need my dyed hair to at least pretend to be my real color, and ombre is just a dead giveaway of a dye job. Obviously.) Right when I saw these lovely Czech beads I knew what I wanted to make: some banging ombre earrings. Would you like some as well? Well then grab a coupon, head to Michael’s to grab some beads, and join me, won’t you? Here we go!
In order to make these earrings you will need the following supplies:
* ombre beads from the Martha Stewart jewelry line (or other beads/crystals)
* two earring prongs
* a small amount of chain
* 32 eyepins
* round-nosed pliers
* wire snips/cutters
* flat-nosed pliers
(You can find all of those basic tools in a kit at any large craft store.)
Prepare your chain. I used very small chain and cut two pieces that were each eight links long, since I had sixteen beads per earring and I intended to attach two beads to each individual link. Begin by using your flat-nosed pliers to gently pull open the loop on your earring prong. Thread it through a chain link, as shown, and then use your flat-nosed pliers to gently reposition the loop on your earring prong to be closed once more. Repeat with the second earring prong.
Prepare your beads by putting them each onto an eyepin.
Use your round nosed pliers to gently bend the eyepin to the side near the base of the bead, as shown above.
Now wrap the eyepin wire back around the round-nosed pliers until it has created a full loop. Leave it open—do not twist it shut yet!
Thread the eyepin through one of the chain links, as shown above.
Now I usually use my round-nosed pliers to gently grip the loop in place, as shown above, and with my other hand I use the flat-nosed pliers to grip the end of the eyepin wire and twist it around the base of the eyepin wire a couple of times, therefore locking in the bead, as shown below.
Now snip off the excess wire end.
I kept my beads in order from light to dark purple in order to maintain the ombre effect. You could choose to mix them up if you just want a variety of purples.
Repeat this process over and over until you are out of beads and chain links. Repeat on your second earring. This is not difficult work, it is just time consuming work.
What do you think? The possibilities are really endless! Next month I will be showing you another variation of this earring that I recently made for a bride and her wedding party. Too fun!
Of course, if you would prefer to simply buy these earrings you can find them HERE in my Etsy shop, Bombshell Bling Jewelry. I always accept custom orders as well, if you like the style but would like a different size or color. Simply message me on Etsy or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to create a little bling of your own! Here are a couple more ideas: