Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Flapper style earrings & all that jazz....

Hello Again,

Hasn't it been lovely to see that big yellow orb thing in the sky once again (in the UK at least!)  It really does seem to make a difference to everyone & everything -  although it also seems to gives me permission to just sit in the garden and bask in it whilst not getting much done.  Apart from these...

how to make your own earrings

Recently I got very excited about the release of 'The Great Gatsby' movie (which everyone must surely be aware of by now?) It's just all the style & glamour of the era - fabulous!  It also brought back memories of an amateur stage production of  'Chicago' I took part in many moons ago.  I was in the chorus line and what fun we had...it was all neatly bobbed hair, feathered headbands, sparklies and all that jazz !

as featured in Simply Homemade Magazine
Here's one I made earlier...  1920's inspired fascinator
 (for Simply Homemade Magazine, issue 27)

As you know, many things that inspire me end up as some sort of project and being that I totally LOVE those glittery, jaunty flapper girls I simply couldn't resist making up a few pairs of earrings starting with those dangly fringed darlings at the top of the page!  I thought you might like to have a go too - they'd be great to wear to a summer party so  come on babe why don't we paint the town...

Or rather, perhaps just follow these steps!

1) First you will need to gather together some pliers, head pins, eye pins, earring findings, jump rings and lots of bugle beads (long & short) an a small sparkly rondelle...

2) Thread 6 x long bugle beads onto a head pin (this will be your centre pin)

3) Then turn a small loop on the end of the pin with your round nose pliers...

4) Repeat the above two steps until you have a total of 9 beaded headpins with the following number of bugle beads on them: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 (i.e. as shown in the picture from L-R)

1920s bugle bead earrings

5) Now thread up 2 x eye pins with around 10 x short bugle beads each, bend & trim the tops of the pins and turn a loop on each..
photographic tutorial for making earrings

6) Pop your sparkly bead onto an eye pin and make a simple loop on the end of the wire..

7) Open the bottom loop on an earring finding and attach the wired sparkly bead to it..

8) Now use a small jump ring to attach the short bugle bead eye pins to the bottom of the sparkly bead...

9) Thread all the long bugle beaded head pins onto a new eye pin...

Flapper style earrings

10) Bend the wire over at right angles, trim and turn a small loop (aim for this to hold all the beaded eye pins in place evenly)

11) Use a couple of small jump rings to attach the 'bar' of dangly bugle beads to each 'arm' of the earring...

1920s earrings

12) ...and don't forget to make a second matching earring!

Vintage 1920's style earrings
C'est compl├Ęte!

Now you can mix a gin cocktail and go shimmy 'till your garters break....

                                             Enjoy xx

Oohh Velma.. did you hear that Addicted to Making is posting a delightful earring tutorial for us to make! 


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  2. I love those earrings. They are adorable. Thanks so much for the instructions. I am going to make a pair of these. I have lots of bugle beads.
    New follower from Blackberry Winter Crafts blog
    Donna L.

    1. Hi Donna - thank you for visiting and a warm welcome to my corner of blog-land! I hope you get on Ok with making the earrings and I'm off to seek out your blog now :-)

  3. Love these, will be making them as Xmas pesents! What size are the green bugles, 6 or 9 mm?

    1. Ooh great Mirela! The green bugles are 6mm :)