Beaded Jewelry

Statement Earrings With Beads – Quick and Easy For How to Make Statement Earrings

How to Make Statement Earrings? Watch the video – it’s easier than you might think!

Statement Earrings with beads are big these days – literally and figuratively!  And as to how to make statement earrings?  They are easier to make than you think – and you may have all the supplies you need right in your jewelry-making stash!  These earrings are suitable for beginning and experienced beaders alike; the most important supply is a sense of adventure!

Statement Earrings With Beads – What You Need for Easy Earrings

When I go to Joann or Michael’s for some other kind of supplies, I tend to stop by the jewelry aisle and see if there is anything that catches my eye.  It might be some color combo that appeals to me, or maybe a shape that tickles my fancy.  I rarely have a specific idea when I put them in my cart, but they go into my “bead stash” for future use.

(I also tend to check out the chains, to see if anything there which appeals to me.)

When I decided to make a video on quick and easy statement earrings, I rummaged through my “big box store stash” as I like to call it.  These beads and chains aren’t what you’d call “heirloom quality”, but they are great for when you need some fun jewelry fast.  And isn’t that what jewelry making is all about — fun?  😀

The video below shows an example of what you can do with some beads you have hanging around, pleading to be used.  You don’t need these exact beads; you probably have something rather similar (or can find something along these lines at Joann, Michael’s Hobby Lobby or even Amazon).

Supplies

  • Two large flat beads, medallions or hoops – anything with holes
  • 12 inches of chain (roughly); you might want to use more or less
  • Round beads, 8mm
  • Jump rings
  • Wire, 24 gauge or 26 gauge
  • Headpins
  • Two earring findings
  • One dose of a sense of adventure!

You might not need all of the above, depending on where your idea takes you.  If you noticed, I didn’t specify the number of round beads, headpins or jump rings — and I only gave you a place to start with the amount of chain you might need.  That’s because depending on what’s in your stash, you might need more or fewer of these.

Here’s a video of a set of statement earrings that I made; I hope you enjoy it, and that it inspires some ideas for you.

Calling All New Beaders! (Actually, Calling All Beaders)

I have had questions on what projects are best for those new to beading. But even experienced beaders may find this post useful, as sometimes we need to go back to our roots. Or, you may need a refresher on a particular technique. So let’s talk beading!

What Jewelry Do You Like?

The first thing is to decide on what you like to wear for jewelry.  Are you into bracelets, or do necklaces turn your head?  Do you get ecstatic when you pass an earring display, or do you prefer your rings on your hands?

Once you’ve got that decided what you’d like to make, then think of your personal style.  Are you someone who likes a clean tailored look or do you prefer something more organic?

And of course — what colors go you prefer?  Is your look more muted, or do you go crazy for bold colors?

Choosing  Your Project

The reason I asked you to think of all this is because you want to be able to wear your jewelry!  And it’s a whole lot more fun when you know you will have a great time not only making it, but wearing it as well.

Of course, maybe you want to make some jewelry for a friend or relative.  What kind of jewelry do they like, and of course, what colors do they favor?

Project Suggestions

If I was totally new to beading and wanted to try it with a minimum of money, I’d go for making some stretch bracelets.  I have two videos on making them (here’s the link to the other one), so you can get an idea of what might be involved.   Another project that is easy is a wrap bracelet (and of course I have videos on them as well).

If you want something a little more of a step up, try some stringing — you can work with beading wire and crimps to make some gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and even earrings!  Naturally…I have a video for that too!

Seed Beads and More

When I first started beading I swore I would never work with seed beads — they were just way too tiny!  You can see how that worked out, LOL, since at least half of my videos and most of my ebook tutorials are centered around those tiny glass treasures.  Go figure.  😉

One of the easiest weaves using seed beads is probably peyote — once you have the first two rows set up, it’s almost like autopilot — the pattern of the weave is very obvious.

One of my personal favorite beading stitches is Russian Spiral — that’s the pattern in the picture at the top of this post.  The weave is easy to follow, and better yet — it works up quickly!

Want some videos on seed bead stitches?  Check out my Youtube playlist for the seed beads.

What About Bead Embroidery?

Bead embroidery is gorgeous, and it’s probably a lot easier than you think.  I do have a Bead Embroidery 101 video, and if you think you’d like to work with components, I have an ebook tutorial for that.  I also have some other bead embroidery videos.  Here’s a link to my Youtube Bead Embroidery Playlist.

The thing I like best about bead embroidery is that it’s very, very forgiving.  I do a lot of organic work, and it’s a case of “anything goes”.  I have to credit Sherry Serafini with my addiction to bead embroidery.  While I am in no way in her league, she is my inspiration.

OK, so these are my feelings on beading, per se.  Upcoming…my thoughts on all things wire!

Russian Spiral Gets Reversed! Russian Spiral Video Tutorial

Reverse Russian Spiral BraceletsI’m sure what I call a Reverse Russian Spiral has another name, but it really is just a pattern variation, as opposed to a brand-new stitch.   I called it a reverse spiral some time back, and the name stuck for me.

What’s Different?

In a regular Russian Spiral, the various colors all spiral one way up the rope — they all go in the same direction (typically clockwise).  In the reverse method, one of the colors spirals clockwise, and the others counter-clockwise.

So…same stitch, different look.  😀

Video Tutorial

In the video tutorial, I show you how to make the purple bracelet.  I alos explain the differences between the purple and the blue bracelet.  But first, a little about the supplies.

You will need the following for the purple bracelet:

  • Silver 4mm cube beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Permanently galvanized silver seed beads, size 8:  About 5 or 6 grams.
  • Light purple (orchid) opaque size 11 seed beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Dark purple matte size 11 seed beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Purple iris size 11 seed beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Amethyst-colored 4mm fire polished beads:  2
  • Size 11 beading needle; you can use a size 10 or 12, if you prefer.
  • Thread:  I used Fireline; you can use 6lb or 8 lb.  Or, you could also use a thread like One-G or K-O.
  • Clasp of your choice; I used a round silver magnetic clasp.

Now, all you need to do is kick back and watch the video!