Knockoff Craft Tutorial:
Etoile Earrings by Kamiori Kaori
Today’s tutorial is a knockoff of ‘Etoile earrings’ by a Japanese jewelry designer, Kamiori Kaori. When I discovered the earrings, I was literally blown away – they are so cute and whimsical!
This is the original version, Etoile earrings by Kamiori Kaori (originally sold here for about £100). I love the colours, and the unexpected combination of gold and embroidery floss! Too bad I can’t crochet…
What you’ll need:
- 2 star-shaped beads (I’m using freshwater pearls)
- 2 eyepins
- 2 jump rings
- 8 embroidery floss
- small folk
1) First, cut the embroidery floss, about 15cm and 10cm in length.
2) Next, separate the strands of floss in half (3 strands for each colour).
3) Now, wrap the longer (15cm) 3-strand-floss tightly around the folk. I used only 2 prongs of the folk in order to make tiny wraps.
4) Thread the shorter (10cm) 3-strand-floss through the prongs and tie a double knot. Make sure you tie a knot near the end of the shorter floss. It’s tiny and very fiddly, but you’ll get there!
(5) Take the floss off the folk, tighten the knot, and trim the excess. Do not cut the shorter floss, though!
6) Repeat step 3 to 5 and make bows with each colour.
7) Thread all the floss through a jump ring, then arrange and adjust the floss so that the bows hang in different length.
8) Carefully tie a knot so that the floss doesn’t move.
9) Cut a small piece of floss (any colour you’d like), wrap it around the floss and tie a double knot.
10) Trim the excess floss.
11) Thread the star-shaped bead to an eyepin, and make a loop with round-nose pliers.
12) Add the jump ring and the earwire, and you’re done!
I love these tiny bows, although they were a pain in the bum to make (my nails were a bit too long to make them). Also, if you are wondering if the floss tangle while worn – well, they do tangle, but not so much because the bows hang in different length. If you really want it to be tangle-free, you could reduce the bows (and I bet they still look hot!).
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and happy crafting!