I played with some of my beads today...it was fun, especially since the only thing I've been doing with beads lately is taking pictures of them! I made these pretty earrings, and thought I'd post a little teeny tiny photo tutorial. I won't go into explanation of the steps, but if you need help you can refer to my old tutorial here, or email me!
You don't need a lot of tools to make earrings! For these, I would suggest some flat nosed pliers, wire cutters (or nail clippers!), and round nose pliers.
You'll of course want some beads. Everything here except for the wire can be found in the shop, but you can substitute these for any beads of your choice. I like the flower cap look though, so it's up to you!
2 lengths of 5" long and 2 lengths of 3" long 24 gauge soft wire
2 white milk glass beads for the bottom dangles
2 creamy pearls for inside the 'flower'
2 lucite flowers for petals
2 brass flower caps
1 pair of earring findings
Layer the beads for the top dangle in order, and add a spiral twist at the end of the longer 5" wires to hold the beads on. Make a small wrapped loop at the top, attach to the earrings, and close. I bent my earrings to shape. For the bottom dangle, thread the milk glass beads onto the smaller 3" wires and make a single loop at the bottom. To attach to the spirals, make a larger wrapped loop. Done! These are so fast and easy to make. If you want to make this exact pair of earrings, but don't want to buy a ton of extra beads, let me know and I can always put together a special (and less expensive!) bead kit for you.
I also made a super fast but so pretty necklace. I used these vintage links and some chain that I haven't listed yet. Just thread it on, add a clasp, and it's done! I really love the gold tone with the sterling.
Fun stuff! Now back to not so fun cleaning and organizing.