Easy Pastel Hoop Earrings with Portuguese Cork Cord

Jun 18, 2014

Close-up of cork cordI love working with new materials.  Whenever I need to buy some beading essentials such as jump rings or ear wires, I try to also buy one new-to-me item just for fun.  That's how this pretty cord ended up in my beading studio a few weeks ago.

Portuguese cork cord is cork wrapped around a cotton cord.  It has a soft texture and comes in a range of colors and shapes (oval, flat, braided).  It's sustainably harvested and makes a great vegan option if you like the look of leather, but don't want to use animal products in your jewelry.  The cord cuts easily with sharp scissors.

This cord has a distressed look out of the package and will become more cracked and worn-looking with lots of handling.  I wanted to preserve its weathered look exactly as it was, so I opted to create earrings rather than a piece like a bracelet which would get more wear. 

According to InStyle magazine, pastels are trendy for spring and summer this year, so I chose a combination of pale turquoise (a shade close to mint green) and pink for this project.  These earrings are quick to make and very lightweight to wear, despite their larger size.

Materials
2 pink 9x6mm fire-polished glass rondelles
2 silver-plated 4mm daisy spacers
2 silver-plated 20-gauge 2" head pins
2 silver-plated 4mm jump rings
2 silver-plated 8mm jump rings
1 pair of sterling silver ear wires
8" of pale turquoise 5mm flat cork cord

Tools
Ruler
Pencil (optional)
Scissors
Screw-down hole punch
Round-nose pliers
Wire cutters
2 pairs of chain- or flat-nose pliers

Finished size: 2 1/4"

 


1. Use the 1.5mm side of the screw-down hole punch to add 1 hole about 3/16" from the end of one 4" piece of cork cord.  Repeat, adding a hole at the other end of the cord.  If you like, you may want to mark the place to punch with a pencil.

2. Use 1 head pin to string 1 daisy spacer and 1 pink rondelle; form a wrapped loop that attaches to one 4mm jump ring.

3. Use one 8mm jump ring to string 1 hole of the cord, the 4mm jump ring attached to the pink dangle, the other end of the cord, and 1 ear wire. Close the jump ring.

4. Repeat Steps 1–3 for the second earring.

Tip: Some shops sell this cord by the inch, while others sell it in longer lengths, so be extra careful when comparing prices!

Resources: These materials were all from my personal bead stash; you will probably find similar materials at many different shops. Cord: Lima Beads. Glass: Raven's Journey International. Spacers, jump rings, head pins, and ear wires: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.


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nana showlow wrote
on Jun 21, 2014 3:58 PM

I love these, I've make a few earrings and bracelets, Im a beginner, I enjoyed working with the beads.  I want to try these...

nana showlow wrote
on Jun 21, 2014 3:58 PM

I love these, I've make a few earrings and bracelets, Im a beginner, I enjoyed working with the beads.  I want to try these...

Givelove wrote
on Jun 21, 2014 4:10 PM

I love these earrings,  thank you for sharing. I want to make a pair I hope I can find the cork here.

tbonnici wrote
on Jun 22, 2014 11:07 AM

These are really cute earrings, I like the colour combination as well. I love making beaded earrings they are so much fun and quick to make. I have lots of earring on my online shop with hoops as well, TiffyDesigns: http://www.tiffydesigns.com