Playing With Beads and Wire

Recently I began exploring the craft of jewelry making. My first efforts were earrings which is not too surprising since I have always had a small obsession with earrings. 

The only other jewelry I have ever had an interest in were bracelets and brooches or cameos. I don't wear any of those three items very much but I do wear earrings quite a lot, so it's a safer bet that there will be more earrings made than anything else.

Unless otherwise stated, most of my attempts will be made from natural stones or glass beads, wire, and an assortment of metal findings. All metals will be the real deal or at least nickel free / hypo allergenic. I'm doing that because it's healthier for my skin and there is a good chance that I will really want to wear some of the earrings that I make.

Here are a few of my favorites from the first attempts. I created the first three pair of earrings after watching several videos. The first three that I made, not pictured here, are similar in style to these turquoise earrings below.

Turquoise Earrings

Since I am just learning and sharing what I created from that process, I didn't go through a ton of effort to take the pictures. In fact, my SO eventually handled the picture taking with his phone because my chosen device for picture taking was being difficult at the time.

The next pair of earrings up for admiration are dangling off of my finger. They are green, white, and violet, with flowers on the beads. These were inspired by a tutorial that I found over on Beadlust. It's an older tutorial and I think I might have initially found it through Pinterest.

Floral Earrings

When I started making these, I was pretty sure that they would be my most favorite of the bunch. In the end that turned out to not be the case. They might be a close second. I'm still trying to decide if I want to cut off the silver bead at the end or keep looking for the wire I want to use and remake them for a third time. 

These last pair of earrings were all me, in design that is, and they are my most favorite of the three shared here today. I've been wearing them more than the turtle earrings that my SO gifted to me a few months ago, which is a definite thing, since he's such a keeper and turtles are so awesome! 

 geometric earrings
Geometric Earrings

Learning about different types of wire, how to work with the wire, and then making all of these earrings was super enjoyable. There are more earring ideas in the works, and I hope to blog about those as soon as I'm done with the set up of this new blog.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my jewelry making efforts. Thanks so much for stopping by!