Jewelry Making Adventures

Jewelry making seemed like the perfect type of project to start with when I was finally feeling a bit better. I mean, I’d be sitting in a chair. How could my body reject that concept?

I only lasted ten minutes before the flu reclaimed me. But it was long enough to break out my jewelry making supplies, and long enough for me to make these earrings.

Finished Lock and Key Earrings

And also these earrings.

Finished Wing Earrings copy

I’ve had the charms for a long while now and just never got around to making the earrings I’d planned. So, even though I felt a bit faint afterwards, I was pretty smug about crossing something off my to-do list.

I’m really happy with them. I love how they turned out, and these simple earrings are super easy to make. This is definitely a Beginner Skill Level jewelry making project.

Materials

Materials

2 large split jump rings

2 medium split jump rings (optional)

2 small split jump rings

2 earring hooks

2 charms

 

 

I purchased all of my charms, split rings and hooks from Baubles and Beads in Berkeley, CA. I’m pretty sure you can also find charms and jewelry tools at Michael’s, Joann’s and any craft store.

Tools

Since I wasn’t working with wire or beading, I only needed two basic jewelry pliers: smooth long nose pliers & serrated long nose pliers.

jewelry making - smooth pliers

Smooth Long Nose Pliers

jewelry making - serrated pliers

Serrated Long Nose Pliers

The brand of jewelry tools I have is Darice. They’re sturdy and inexpensive, plus I’ve seen that you can buy starter kits through Darice if you don’t have anything. I think these tools are great for a casual hobbyist like moi, but I’m not sure how they would hold up for a professional.

Directions

Step 1) Holding your serrated pliers in your non-dominant hand, get a good grip on your largest split ring. Make sure the split is facing up. With the smooth pliers in your dominant hand, take a hold of the other arm of your split ring and gently twist your wrist to open the closure.

Largest Jump Ring

Make sure you’re pushing the arm to the back of the arm you’re holding stable. You don’t want to pull the two arms apart to the sides. That will ruin your split ring.

Push arm to the back, not the side

 

Step 2) Hang your charm onto the ring and close the split, reversing the previous wrist twist. Try to line the ends of the arms up as closely as possible. Then take your smooth pliers and squeeze the ring between them.

Use pinchers to close jump ring

This should flatten the closure more tightly. Set the charm and split ring aside.

Step 3) Take your smallest split ring and repeat the steps above to open it. Hang your hook on the split ring.

Open small jump ring and connect hook

 

If you’re not using the third split ring, then also slide the largest ring (not the charm itself) onto the smallest, and close. If you’re going to use the third, go ahead to step 4.

Step 4) Take the middle size split ring and open it using the directions above. Hang both the largest and smallest split rings off this middle ring and then close. (Make sure you haven’t hung your charm backwards first.)

Step 5) Repeat 1-4 for the second set of rings and charm.

And tada! New earrings.

Finished Lock and Key Earrings

 

I chose rather thick split rings because I liked the chunky look of it. But they come in various sizes and much more delicate than these.

Finished Wing Earrings copy

 

And it only took ten minutes to make both pairs. Such a quick project!

I have at least one more jewelry making project on the horizon. When I got these charms, I bought a second set of wings that I think I’m going to turn into a bracelet. Or a necklace. I haven’t decided yet. What do you think?

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I love the wings, so cool. Indie record company, that also sounds like loads of fun! Sorry I’ve been stalking ;)
    Mel recently posted…How The Heck Does She Afford To Feed All Those Kids? – Bulk Bread Maker MixMy Profile

    • Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Mel! Hahaha Stalk away. I don’t mind. It is really fun, actually. :p

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