Saturday, February 25, 2012

String Art Earrings with Photo Tutorial

I saw some beautiful earrings the other day and was inspired to try to make my own version.  Here are the materials you need:

Wire hoops
Small beads in the color(s) of your choice
Embroidery floss in the color(s) of your choice
Fish hook earring wires
Round nose pliers
Glue that dries clear

First, place the beads on the wire hoops until it is almost full.  Leave enough room to close the hoop.
Close the hoop.

Next, tie on 1-3 strands of embroidery floss.  One strand will give you a light, airy look and three strands will give you more fill.  Use 1 or 2 strands if you are going to add another color.
To make a closed circle, wrap the floss in the following pattern:
You should choose a bead that is directly across (or almost directly across) from your beginning point for your #2 wrap.  When you come to the top of the circle, you will move one bead to the right, and at the bottom, you will move one bead to the left.  Treat the closed loops at the top as if it were a bead.  Continue wrapping until you finish where you started:

Tie off and add a drop of glue to the knots.  When the glue is dry, add the earring wire and enjoy.

To make an open circle or tear drop shape the loop is started the same way.  The difference is, you choose your #2 wrap to be on the side of the loop instead of across from the starting point:
Continue wrapping until you first touch the hoop closure. This will give you a tear drop shape:
If you want an open circle, continue wrapping until you reach your #2 bead again.  Bring it back to the closure and tie off.
Finish in the same manner.  Different colors of embroidery floss can be held together as in the tear drop blue earrings, or they can be layered as in the black and white earrings.  Hope you enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Connie! I like you earrings! You are always so creative! The instructions seem pretty clear to me. Hope you are doing well!