Ideas for Floral Earrings

Jan 13, 2008
 

Free Project:Caribbean Breeze by Sandi Wiseheart

I know, I know. Most of you are probably glancing outside at all the snow and ice on the ground and wondering if I have my calendar wrong. Yes, it's still January and yes, I'm talking about floral earrings. Why?

Designer Sandi Wiseheart said it best last year when she designed the Caribbean Breeze earrings: "Thick white snowflakes are mercilessly whapping every inch of exposed skin. It's enough to make me wear every flower-themed, brightly colored bead I own, as if my jewelry were talismans to beat back winter and bring summer a bit sooner. Perhaps they are . . ."

Plus, from a purely practical standpoint, it makes more sense to design earrings for winter, rather than dainty necklaces and bracelets that are going to be hidden by layers of sweaters, scarves, coats, and gloves.


Free Project:
Royal Shell Earrings
by Karen Johnston

The easiest way to create floral earrings is either use components that actually have floral designs, like the floral shell pendants in Karen Johnston's Royal Shell Earrings or use flower-shaped beads like the crystals in Kelli Burns's Hydrangea Earrings. In addition to floral beads, look for floral findings like headpins with flowers on the ends.

Pink definitely seems to be the default floral earring color--just take a look at the earrings on this page!  If you don't like pink, you can still find floral components in a range of other colors, including neutral shades of gray, brown and navy. Using florals in neutral shades is a way to up the sophistication level and create earrings that are at home in conservative settings.

Free Project:
Hydrangea Earrings
by Kelli Burns

 

   

If you want to skip florals altogether, you can still use flowers as an inspirational source. Go to a flower shop, browse gardening magazines or books, or, if you're lucky enough to live someplace where it is currently sunny and warm, visit a garden or beautiful backyard. Look at bouquets as well as individual flowers. I guarantee you'll discover some color palettes that you've never considered before!

Last year I was inspired by some wildflowers in my neighbor's yard and used the color palette to design these earrings for Stringing Spring 2007.  The finished earrings don't look flowery, but they'll always remind me of spring!


Looking for Wedding Jewelry: I'd love to create a gallery of the best wedding jewelry designs by Beading Daily readers. Please send me links to your blogs or websites where you have photos posted. (If you don't have photos online, email me and I'll let you know how to send the photos.) Thanks!

 

Free eBook
Making Jewelry with Beading Daily:  How to Make Earrings:  Five Free Jewelry Projects

This free earrings ebook, Making Jewelry with Beading Daily: How to Make Earrings: Five Free Jewelry Projects, includes five earring patterns that use a range of techniques (simple stringing, wirework, simple metalwork, seed bead netting and fringe) and a variety of materials (silver, copper, seed beads, crystals, pearls, gemstones). Both beginners and more experienced jewelry makers will find at least one beaded earring design that will inspire them to catch the handmade earring craze!


 

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She created another pair of floral earrings over the weekend using light blue ceramic squares with a floral pattern.



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TamaraM wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 2:06 PM
Sandi Wiseheart is also a designer for Beading Daily? I read her column religiously in Knitting Daily. What a versatile woman!
CraftySue44 wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 3:48 PM
I want to thankyou forletting mejoin your group.