Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tutorial, Making Earring Wires using a Sharpie Marker

I wanted to share a easy way of making your own earring wires using a sharpie marker. Start with 20 to 22 gauge wire.

Using round nose pliers make a small loop.
Using your finger nail hold the loop close to the sharpie.  
Wrap the wire around the sharpie forming an earring wire.
This is what it looks like when you slip it off the sharpie.
Cut off the extra wire and bend the last 1/8 inch up.  Place your earring wires on a metal block or a scrap of wood and tap them with a hammer to harden the wire.  If you have a file you can file the edges so they are smooth to touch.  Now repeat to make a pair.  For only a few cents you now have a set of earring wires. 
Now add some beads to complete.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom photos by: Martin Stankewitz

Spring, glorious Spring.  I am so excited that the weather is warm here in Texas and everything is blooming.  Ok, the truth it is already getting hot and the air conditioner is running and it is barely April, but I do love all the flowers that are blooming.
I have a good friend in Traverse City, Michigan who is always excited with Spring comes to because of the Cherry blossoms.  I made these wonderful cherry blossom cuff beads with these Spring blossoms as my inspiration.  I received a wonderful set of photos of my Cherry Blossom bead used in this lovely cuff bracelet from Kaushambi. I just had to share these with you.  Kaushambi has a sweet little shop on Etsy called Beaditi. She has made such a beautiful piece using my bead as a focal, antique copper tone chain and wire wrapped keishi pearls.  I also love the little lampwork redbird she used.  It is so cute I am tempted to buy it from her.  LOL!!!  It is always such a pleasure for me to see a finished piece using my beads. If you buy beads from me send photos and I can share them on the blog. 
Happy Spring.