Well, this particular earring project involves more work for the metal wire than for the beads themselves, but here goes!
These beaded hoop earrings are inspired by Anthropologieès earrings, and the great thing is you don’t really even need to know beading to be able to make these.
Materials you’ll need though:
– Shiny seed beads or faceted small beads
– Thin wire (she used 4cm here)
– Optional – pliers (you can just break the wire with your hands usually though)
– Earring hooks
String the beads onto the wire, and then wrap them 4 or 5 times, leaving as many beads as you want on each loop. Then at the end you wrap the excess wire around the hoops a bunch of times and attach an earring hook. For more about these Anthropologie-inspired beaded hoop earings or more from Hapiness Wherever, click here.
Clay Bird Beads - So Cute
Sometimes you run across something online that inspires you to create your own version of it – all kinds of art is available to view online, collections of historical pieces as well as those by contemporary artists who sell their wares on Etsy, DeviantArt, Ebay, and Fiverr. While combing through our corner of the internet, we found a marvelous artist from Ukraine who makes jewelry out of polymer clay. These works of art are delicate, detailed, and definitely inspiration material.
If you’ve never worked with clay before but want to get started, all you need to do is take a trip to the local craft store to get some Sculpey or Fimo clay. These can be baked in the oven at a low temperature and hardened without losing color. You could also go the air dry route but I have found it to be a little more fragile. You won’t need many tools for working with clay, but they can be useful. I typically use a straw, a pencil, and then plastic bags to hold the remains of the clay. You can use other things like tin foil (best for working on large projects so that they don’t get heavy), jewelry fittings, toothpicks, buttons, and rubber stamps as well. If you want texture, you can raid your home and collect steel wool, pipe cleaners, a sieve, or bark from the outdoors.
Whatever you want to do, it is best to start small. You can look through books at the library or tutorials online, or you can just use photos for inspiration. It will take time to hone your skills, but making small clay objects takes little time and bakes in less than twenty minutes.
Want to start with a small, simple bird? You’ll need a few colors (beak and feet and eyes can be the same color, and then the body can be one or multi-colored) and a few small tools – the feather details on the wings can be done with a toothpick, as can the eye insertion. Once you’re done, make sure you’ve placed something (either a wire fitting or a clay handle of sorts) on the back so that it can be attached to another project you have in mind – a bookmark, a necklace, earrings, or a keychain. You can find our inspiration here.
Easy Beading Tutorial for Beginners - Free
Whether your a beading expert who just wants something fun and easy to do in a few minutes, or a beginner who really needs a simple beading tutorial (and a free beading tutorial) or they will just be overwhelmed, this beaded ring will definitely do the trick! For most beaders, each bead ring will take about 10 minutes to make, and they take very minimal materials!
All you need for these beaded rings are: Your thread plus one needle; then you add your beads in this pattern: 1 gold, 2 white, 2 gold, 2 white, 1 gold (or you might be using different colors, too).
Once you have one set of these beads, you loop them and tie them, and then cut off your excess string.
Then you feed your needle through half of your beads (4 beads), string an additional 4 beads, and then push your needle back through the same place you just did, thereby making a second “loop.” You now see how this ring proceeds. You just keep going until the ring fits around your finger. You can also keep going to make a beaded bracelet instead of a ring! This picture explains it:
At the end, you feed your needle back through the other end of the ring (through 4 beads), tie it off, and cut off the excess. Easy beading pattern for beginners for sure. This pattern is by Beading Tutorials. You can watch a video of them making one here: