May 31 2012

Knockoff Craft Tutorial:
Etoile Earrings by Kamiori Kaori

Etoile Earrings

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!

Etoile Earrings original

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


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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).

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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!

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

I’m linking this post on Today’s Creative BlogHome Stories A 2 Z, Katie’s Nesting Spot, Sassy Sites!, The Shabby Nest and Flamingo Toes; make sure you check them!

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20 Commnents to “Knockoff Craft Tutorial:
Etoile Earrings by Kamiori Kaori”

  1. […] adorable are these earrings by . I don’t know if you want to call them Knockoff or inspired by but they are cute and fun to […]

  2. I can crochet, but yours are so much cuter. Oh, those bows! Adorable!

  3. OMG these are really cute.

  4. Ugh that is so freaking cute! I love the thread bows. Love love love!

  5. Thanks so much, jet :)

  6. aaaaw this is sooo cute, i love it. like the bright colours you have choossen, but as well the transformation of the diy.
    well done!!!!
    thank you for the sharing;-D

  7. Awww, thanks so much, Kianna *blush* Hope you enjoy making it :)

  8. Actually your earrings are waaaay cuter than the original! I LOVE THEM!!!! great tutorial! I will try it asap!

  9. Thank you Kasey :)

  10. would be great to use crimper beads to hold the floss together near the ring! but I LOVE THESE SO MUCH!! theyre so easy and cute!!!!!

  11. Thank you carmen :)

  12. Actually I like more your earrings !! :)

  13. Thanks for featuring the tutorial, Oksana!

  14. I love your project and will be featuring you tonight at my {DIY: Little Trendy Things} post on my blog. Have a wonderful day, Oksana @ OksanaPlusHobbies

  15. Lucky you that you can crochet, Nadine! I really wish I could… Let me know how it went with crocheted bows :)

  16. These are adorable. I can crochet so I might just have to take a shot at crocheting the little bows.

  17. I know, these bows are so cute I could eat them :) I wanna see your version, too, Bev!

  18. Eeeeek Emi!!!!!!! I am soooo in love with these!! Those tiny bows are just killing me! I must make them!

  19. Thank you Mruna :)

  20. Yours are way more cuter than the original!

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