Anthropologie Knockoff Tutorial:
Happy May everyone! Now that the Royal Wedding is over, I’m focusing on getting ready for my best friend’s wedding, which is taking place in less than three weeks’ time. I’ve been looking around everywhere like crazy for the ‘perfect’ accessory for the special occasion, and I found a fantastic pair of earrings from, you guessed it, Anthropologie with not-so-fantastic price-tag. So, in order to save a few precious pennies, I’ve decided to make them myself.
This is the glorious original version (photo credit: Anthropologie). It’s super cute, but the £24 price-tag is not so cute (I need to buy a bag and shoes, too, you know?).
What you’ll need
- a pair of hoop earrings
- beads of your choice
- beading wire (I’m using 28 gauge Artistic Wire from Beadalon)
- A pair of flat-nose pliers
- A pair of round-nose pliers
- A pair of wire cutters
1) Cut the wire to 15cm length, and wrap it around the hoop a few times.
2) Using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, wind the wire tightly to the hoop for about 4-5 times. It should be winded as tightly and neatly as possible, in order to prevent the beads from sliding down along the hoop.
3) After winding the wire, cut off the excess with a wire cutter, and squeeze down the newly cut tip to make it lie flat so that no sharp edge sticks out.
4) Add your beads to the wire.
5) After adding the third bead, thread the wire through the first bead.
6) Pull the end of the wire with the pliers so that the beads are tied together tightly.
7) Thread the wire through the second bead, then wrap the wire to the hoop a few times. Thread the wire to the third bead, then wrap the wire to the hoop a few times.
8) Using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, wind the wire to the hoop as tightly as possible for about 4-5 times.
9) Repeat the process (step 1 to 8) on the opposite side of the hoop.
10) For the bottom part, repeat step 1 to 3, then add three beads to the wire.
11) Wrap the wire to the hoop a few times.
12) Bend the wire to the opposite direction, and add two more beads.
13) Wrap the wire to the hoop a few times, then thread it through the fifth bead.
14) Wrap the wire to the hoop.
15) I didn’t wrap the drop-shape crystal to the hoop because I wanted it to swing, but if you want to secure your bead in the middle, wrap it to the hoop. Using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, wind the wire to the hoop as tightly as possible for about 4-5 times.
Repeat all the steps for the other hoop, and voila! You have a new gorgeous pair of earrings!
It was so easy and straightforward to make that I also made a pair in pink tones. Hope you’ll enjoy making one, too!
I’m linking this tutorial on my favourite blog, Flamingo Toes; visit there for LOADS more inspirational tutorials!