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Jul 18 2012

Craft Tutorial: Feather Hoop Earrings

Craft Tutorial: Feather Hoop Earrings

Hello sweets! We are officially having no summer here in UK (the number of times I wore T-shirt/no sleeves during June and July: 5), but that doesn’t stop me from feeling the summer vibe – yet. So, as my moral support, I created this feather hoop earrings that’ll make me brave enough to go out in summer dress (with goose bumps, of course) and say peace :)

What you’ll need:

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  • 2 feathers
  • 3 different types of beads (I’m using 1 sodalite, 2 moonstones, 2 labradorite)
  • a pair of hoops
  • 2 headpins
  • chains, 4cm and 8cm
  • beading wire, about 15cm (I’m using 24 gauge Artistic Wire) or 2 foldover clamps

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  • pair of flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and wire cutters

Instructions:

 

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1) Cut the wire into 7cm length, and wrap it tightly around the feather a few times. If you are using foldover clamps, simply attach them to the tip of the feathers using flat-nose pliers, and skip to step 4.

2) Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at the tip of the feather.

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3) Wrap the wire around the feather a few times again, cut the excess and squeeze down the tip to make it lie flat.

4) Add a bead to a headpin, and bend it at a 90 degrees angle.

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5) Grasp the end of the headpin with round-nose pliers, then twist it in a circular motion until it forms a small loop.

6) Repeat step 4&5 to thread all the beads.

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7) If you are using top-drilled beads or drop beads, thread the bead to wire (about 10cm).

8) Twist the wire twice above the bead.

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9) Trim the shorter end of wire, create a loop above the twist using round-nose pliers, then wind the wire around 3-4 times below the loop.

10) Cut the excess wire and squeeze down the top to make it lie flat.

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11) Add feathers, chains and beads to a hoop. For the other hoop, add one bead. And… you’re done!

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Voila, my favourite summer earrings done!

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I love all these gem stones, but if I have to pick a favourite it is moonstones (the white, translucent stones) – they are absolutely beautiful! When I bought the feathers I was a bit worried that they might look cheap – but I think these gems added classiness to them.

By the way, I’m working on a maxi skirt at the moment (and am having a mild disaster) to complete my summer look. What’s your summer must-have? Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are having proper summer!

 

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10 Commnents to “Craft Tutorial: Feather Hoop Earrings”

  1. Thank you very much, Lourdes! Much appreciated :)

  2. I like it very much. I don´t speak or write english. Solo puedo decir me gusta muchisimo.

  3. Thanks Masha :D If you encounter any problem while making one, let me know!

  4. wonderful tutorial! I love how detailed the how-to pictures are, they are very helpful for beginners. :)

  5. Thank you evdokia t. for sharing me the sunshine :D I agree on the colourful accessories!

  6. Thank you Jen for telling me the problem! Could you try and refresh (reload) and see if you can see the photos? I can see it fine on FireFox and Safari, but it could be the browser you’re using…

  7. i can’t see any pictures… they are just grey boxes…

    but i’m sure these are lovely…

  8. i hope the weather will be sunny & warm there again soon!
    if i could send you some sun there, it would be great!

    the earrings are adorable!

    summer must have: discretely colorful accesories :)

  9. What?! I thought CA was all sunny and hot all year round!!! But I don’t feel so bad now :)

    And… oh, do you really wanna know about the disaster? It’s epic (no, not really); I’ll tell you when I get out of the disaster zone so watch this space :D

    And, YAY!!! for getting the wire! I’m really curious which word you’re gonna make! You’ve gotta share it here with me when you finish!!!

  10. LOVE the earrings Emi!!
    Don’t feel bad about the summer – that’s how it is here all the time! I don’t go anywhere without a light sweater. Just too chilly. haha.

    On unrelated notes – what is your maxiskirt disaster?? I am dying to know –
    And I bought some artistic wire to make the rings – it came today!! Woohoo!

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