Free Tutorial From Our Friends at Ornamentea

May 6, 2013

Every so often, it's fun to follow along with someone else's tutorial and not have to invent my own. Such was the case when I received this fun tutorial from Ornamentea in my inbox last week--I knew I had to make these earrings! Not one who typically seeks instant gratification, for some reason I really had the urge to make them now! The fabulous thing is, it was easy for me to substitute some of the materials with those I already had sitting around the office!

Thanks to Ornamentea for offering the full tutorial here for these Day Glow Earrings designed by Erin Siegel.


Erin's version (left) from the Ornamentea web site; my version (right).

Although waxed linen cord would be ideal (as the tutorial suggests), I used some green hemp cord that I had around the office. However, the wrapped portion turned out a little chunkier than I would have liked. I chose these apple green Kazuri beads from Antelope Beads because I loved the bright green color.

I thought this baby blue rhinestone cup chain would keep the casual feel I was going for.

The only snag I ran into was the fact that the holes in some of my beads were too small to accommodate the two cords plus a head pin, so I had to keep digging through my stash until I found some with larger holes!

All in all, this turned out to be a fast and friendly project. Do you have a favorite quick-and-easy earring project?

Happy beading,


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Erin Siegel wrote
on May 7, 2013 4:31 PM


I'm utterly delighted that you were inspired to make these earrings. That is what I am always hoping for. To inspire creating! Thank you so much for featuring my tutorial for Ornamentea. I love your own unique version and I love that you just jumped in with what you had on hand. Your earrings totally work and they look great!

on May 8, 2013 9:09 AM

Nice work! LOVE Erin's Boho style, and you did a fantastic job with your's

sthomas1228 wrote
on May 11, 2013 6:47 AM

I'm so excited.  I think this is my local bead shop in Raleigh.  Nice to see they have the recognition they deserve!

on May 11, 2013 9:29 AM

Just before Valentine's Day this year, I spotted a link to Ornamentea from a Beading Daily email.  The featured project was a wire necklace that spelled out "love" in script.  I knew I had to make this, and then two more for a couple of friends.  The project was easy to follow and I was very happy with the appearance of my results.  My only complaint is that the necklaces are so delicate that they will stretch out of shape with the slightest of accidental pulls.  I had to fashion a cardboard with notches to keep the cording in place, and then I put the cardboard and necklace in an envelope so that other jewelry will not hurt this piece.  All in all, I had a good time making these necklaces!