What Do You Keep In Your Stash For Earring Projects?

Jul 22, 2013

Earring making projects don't come easily to me. I've always been more of a bracelet or necklace kinda gal, but once in a while, I feel the need to whip up a pair of earrings to match a new sweater or just for a quick gift. In addition to making sure that I always have a stash of earring findings in all my favorite styles, I also keep a big stash of some of my favorite beads and jewelry-making supplies handy so that when the ideas come to me, I can get started making my beaded earring designs right away!

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Cabochons. I hoard cabochons. If you look through my bead stash, there are cabochons in pretty much every drawer and storage container. I'm always on the lookout for smaller cabochons, especially pretty little vintage cabochons, that I can whip up into a quick pair of beaded earrings.

Along with the cabochons, I keep a little stash of glass and crystal stones. Vintage Swarovski crystal stones and vintage Czech glass stones are perfect for stitching into earrings with the help of a little netted bezel.

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Plastic craft rings. My mother and my grandmother made hundreds of crochet potholders in their day, some of which are still used on a daily basis in my kitchen. They also left me a huge supply of those plastic craft rings, which are also available at most craft and yarn shops.

These little craft rings are great for covering with beading stitches like right-angle weave, beaded netting, or even peyote stitch. Add a large jump ring before attaching them to a pair of ear wires or your favorite earring finding for a quick and creative earring making project!

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Czech glass gumdrops and spikes. Even though it took me a little while to figure out what to do with my stash of Czech glass spikes, I had fun with the Czech glass gumdrops right away. The unique shape of these glass beads makes them suited for all kinds of innovative beaded jewelry designs -- including quick and easy earring making projects.

Once you get the hang of making a basic bezel for your Czech glass spikes and gumdrops, you'll see how they can be used in dozens of different earring making designs!

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Of course, if you're stuck for an earring making project, having a handy resource like Favorite Bead Stitches 2013 around can help, too. With over thirty-five of your favorite beading projects made with your favorite bead-weaving stitches like peyote, right-angle weave, herringbone, and brick stitch, it's the perfect way to jump start your earring making projects. Get your copy of Favorite Bead Stitches 2013 and make some beaded earrings tonight!

Do you have a favorite stash of beading supplies that you use for earring making? What's your favorite way to make beaded earrings? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your inspiring ideas for earring making!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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on Jul 22, 2013 6:26 AM

To refer to my collection as a stash would suggest I'm a normal person -- like it's something you can tuck away in a drawer, or a small closet.  I'm sure many of you will relate when I say that my beads ate my family room. Actually when I refer to that room as a family room, the beads just snicker ;-).

As to the question, and thank you for asking:   Asymmetrical designs are a big part of what I do, and inspiration often comes from 'orphan beads', the beautiful leftovers that have ended up without a partner. I choose one bead to start with, lay it down on my worksurface, then gradually and passionately begin building a little universe around it. The quest for balance becomes extremely important, so that each earring is a stand-alone beauty.  A favorite technique is to work in just two colors, then include variations on those two colors throughout the design. Other times I see something in fashion or nature that causes me to fixate, until I can work that palette into a design. When I enter the family room (snicker), it feels a lot like when I was a kid with a brand new big box of crayons, only better :).

lindalilac wrote
on Jul 22, 2013 8:18 AM

are the melon bead earrings in the Favorite Bead Stitches book? Love them! and I just happen to have some leftover melon beads in my stash!

VerdantEdge wrote
on Jul 22, 2013 8:55 AM

For me, earrings are one of the first things I think of when I'm starting a new design, so a good portion of my stash is filled with things for earrings.  I have a huge collection of small cabochons for them, as well as an assortment of Czech teardrops and fire polished rounds, and lots of fringe beads.  I also really like working with wood rings because they are lightweight and fun to work brick stitch around.  

lulu@21 wrote
on Jul 22, 2013 11:55 AM

I ENJOYED THE INFO ABOUT THE CRAFT RINGS. BUT WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THE FLOSS BOBBINS? OTHER THAN THE USUAL, WINDING WIRE ETC. AROUND THEM. I WISH THERE WAS A BOOK OR DVD WITH ONLY BEAD WOVEN EARRINGS IN IT, WITH A LITTLE WIRE MAYBE. BUT PRIMARILY BEAD STITCHING.

claylady01 wrote
on Jul 22, 2013 12:09 PM

I have been a jewlery maker for several years and I love making all kinds of earrings,necklaces and bracelets.Haven't make any toe or finger rings...yet but may experiment soon.I currently have over one thousand pair of earrings in my inventory and over one hundred one of a kind necklaces.I have donated so much  but would like to sell some of it also.My prices are very low!I use plated silver gold and copper wire as well as other types of bead hanging products.I have found that the prices of sterling and gold filled wire are very expensive and my market leans towards the economy style of jewelry so that is what I make mostly.Stash,what a joke,I have over 23 jewelry boxes filled with labeled and some priced beads.I am wall to wall with jewelry supplies but I enjoy making and creating new jewelry pieces on a daily basis..

Shari Ulman wrote
on Jul 22, 2013 2:43 PM

I sort old jewelry/donations for 2 thrift shops. A lot of what comes in is broken, rhinestones missing, 1 earring, no pin backs, etc. I absolutely adore figuring out ways to use these. I am also a big fan of using just beads - I used to do a lot of Native American beadwork, so loom & off loom projects are in the mix. I am not a slave to matchy-matchy , and do a lot of asymmetrical and charm style things.One of these days I promise to "share". Shari Ulman Most Excellent Things