Can't Decide Rainbow Earrings

Sometimes you have so many beautiful beads it’s hard to decide which ones to use for a design. That was my dilemma when I started making these sterling and crystal earrings. However, soon I decided not to decide and created these colorful and sparkling earrings. I combined four colors of bicone shaped Swarovski crystal beads and dangled them beneath one clear aurora borealis square Swarovski crystal bead. Now they match a multitude of outfits, and I get to enjoy using more than just one color of beads.

You’ll need:

2 colors each – 4mm bicone crystal beads*
2 – 6mm AB square Swarovski crystals
2 Eurowires
8 headpins
4 daisy spacer beads
6 inches of 22 gauge sterling wire
Round-nosed pliers
Wire cutters
Chain-nosed pliers
jeweler’s file

* For the earrings pictured, I used the following color of crystals: tanzanite, emerald, light amethyst, sapphire. So, that’s a total of 8 – 4mm beads. Of course, remember that you can use whatever colors you have available or whatever colors you choose to mix.

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Daisy Lampwork & Butterfly Ear

1. Add one green crystal onto a head pin, and then insert the head pin through the hole in the daisy lampwork bead.

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Spring/Summer 2008 Color Report

You probably already know about the “in” colors picked out every season by Pantone. However, knowing about them and using them in your jewelry designs can be two different animals. Color is super important in jewelry designing, especially if you work with bead weaving and/or stringing techniques. Being able manipulate colors and how they work with each other can often separate you from the many other beaders out there.

Long time beader, author, and color expert Margie Deeb has made her career around the idea of color. You may know her from some of her books such as The Beader’s Guide to Color. She also has a new book soon to be published called The Beader’s Color Palette.

Along with her books on color, Margie has developed some smaller pdf-type files she sells through her site, most recently the Color Report for Bead Artists (Spring/Summer 2008) ($9.95 US). It is a 15 page pdf file with 40 palettes, similar to the one pictured above. She based her palettes on the Pantone colors, and then includes sample jewelry pieces as well as various color combinations and bead ratios to try out. Though this is not a “how-to” make jewelry file, as in you won’t get directions on how to make the jewelry pieces pictured, you will get a number of different color combinations, some mirroring the jewelry pieces she provides as examples of how the colors would look in a finished jewelry piece.

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Learning about Tripoli, and I don’t mean the city

I contacted an old friend of mine regarding my dilemma with the unusually shaped silver choker wire that I cannot seem to find another one of. She suggested I try a compound I’d not heard of, Tripoli. Apparently you can buy this compound in bars, or half bars, and use it to get rid of light scratches. Afterward, you can use a rouge wheel to finely polish the object, and oila! It’s supposed to be good as new.

Soooo….sometime soon I will make a special trip to Phoenix proper, and go buy myself a bar of this magical stuff. If you’ve used Tripoli compound, I’d love to hear what your experiences and advice are.


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