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Earring Frame

5 Feb

I’ve had an earring holder on my to-do list for a long time. Tashia already inspired us all when she made two great framed versions in this previous post.  I tried a slightly different framed version using a 1×2 foot panel of decorative sheet metal that I picked up at Home Depot.


I had an 11×14 inch frame in my collection of unused frames, so I just needed to cut down the panel of sheet metal to fit the frame opening.  I measured and marked the panel with a sharpie, and then used a tin snips to trim it down to size.


Once trimmed, I fastened the panel into place with the metal tabs on the back of the frame.


All I had left to do was fill it with my earrings!

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I plan to add some color to this earring frame this spring or summer when it’s warm enough to spray paint.  I think I’ll paint the sheet metal to give some contrast to my earrings and may paint the frame as well.  Stay tuned!

Just Bead It!

16 Oct

I don’t have a whole lot of experience making jewelry, but I had spotted this sweet necklace on pinterest a long time ago, with the hopes that I would some day try it out.

I had also noticed a longer ombre version of a braided bead necklace at a clothing store that I decided to model my necklace after.  I started by gathering the bead supplies I needed.

  • Beads – I chose size 11 beads
  • Beading needle
  • Jump rings – I had on hand
  • Crimps – to connect the wire to the jump rings
  • Soft Touch beading wire – I cut 6 pieces of wire, as shown.

I started by attaching the wire to the jump ring, by using a crimp.  As you can see, I looped the wire through the jump ring, and back through the crimp. I then used a flat nosed pliers to squeeze the crimp shut to hold the wire in place.


You can bead right over the extra end of the wire.  Once done beading each wire, I did the same crimp technique on the other end of the wire by feeding the end of the wire back through at least three beads, and squeezing the crimp into place.

After I was done beading all 6 wires, I admired my pretty strands.  I thought I may even make a simple multi-strand necklace like this after completing the braided look.

To begin braiding, I removed the jump ring on one end, and started to braid the three sections of 2 wires.  I pinned the top to the couch I was sitting on, so I could hold it taut.  It was looking fabulous, at first…

Once I braided about half way down, I noticed that the strands of beads were getting really tight, and were harder to braid.  It looked so nice at the top, but not so great at the bottom.  It was getting so tight and unruly, that I was afraid the beads might burst under all of the pressure, so I quickly undid the braid.   I decided this may turn into the simple multi-strand necklace, after all.  I definitely needed to do some trouble shooting on the braided version.

To complete the simplified necklace, I added a connecting chain to both jump rings.

I could have added a clasp in the middle of the chain, but decided I probably wouldn’t adjust the length at all, so I kept it simple and left the chain as is. Here’s the final product.

So, for any of you experienced beaders out there – what would you suggest to complete a braided version? Different stringing material? Looser bead distribution?  Shorter necklace?  Looser braiding technique?  It’s something I’ll definitely play around with and will hopefully have the braided version mastered for a future blog post!

Got Yarn?

25 Sep

I have pretty strict rules when it comes to buying yarn.  In other words, I don’t want to become the lady that lives in her shoes yarn stash.  My main rule is that I can’t buy yarn unless I know exactly what project it will be used for, and what size needle, yarn weight, and yardage is needed.  I’m pretty good at adhering to this, but even so, left over yarn still piles up.

I’ve been trying to find some fun projects to use up some of my stash and have a few planned, so this is the first edition of a series called “Got Yarn?”.   My first project is a quick and easy one -based on some fun earring ideas I’d spotted on Pinterest.  Okay, so this project isn’t going to really use up very much yarn, but the best part is that I was able to make these earrings using things I already had on hand.

I started with a pair of paper clips and opened them into triangles.

I took some turquise yarn from my stash, and wrapped the entire paper clip with the yarn.

I then criss crossed the yarn across the width of the triangle to create a graphic pattern.  Once complete, I glued the edge of the yarn in place.  I had a number of earring hooks from a previous earring project that I was able to use. I simply pried open and crimped the earring hook around the top corner of the triangle.

Check out the finished look:

This was so quick and easy that I decided to try another way to make this earring. This time, I took some jewelry wire I had in my small collection of jewelry supplies and cut two pieces of equal length.

I wrapped each wire and then shaped them into tear drop style earrings.  Because of the thick top joint, I used a larger jump ring to connect the tear drop to the earring hook.

I think I like this one even better!

If you’ve got even the smallest bit of yarn, string, or thread lying around, it would be easy to whip something like this up.  And don’t forget to check your earring collection, you could use some earring hooks from an old pair of earrings you don’t wear anymore.

Framed Up

13 Sep

For years I have been searching for the perfect earring holder.  Then I joined Pinterest and a whole world opened up for me in terms of where my earrings could find their home. I’ve done this project a few different ways. In this post I’ll show you a few different options I’ve created and some basic steps on how to make them. This is the first version I made for my roommate Kristine more than a year ago. (Pardon the not-so-great ancient photo)  At her request I left the frame unpainted, but I did spray paint the chicken wire black.

During this same time frame I painted a few other frames I had lying around.  I found all of these frames at a garage sale for $1 each.  I finished the next framed earring holder with regular chicken wire and a bright cheery blue spray paint. In addition to a manual heavy duty staple gun I also used a tin snip to cut the chicken wire.

I began by stapling the chicken wire across one side of the frame.  I then continued around the corner to  complete two contiguous sides.  From there I stretched the wire taut and completed stapling one additional side, then the other.  I tried to staple so that the edges of the staple would catch where the wire met.The larger chicken wire was more difficult for me to keep taut, but I think it reflects the rustic nature of the piece.

The finished version with earrings.

At the same time I painted this lovely frame I also painted a much smaller green frame.  I decided I wanted a different look for this version.  Enter the jute I inherited from my mom’s cleaning out of her sewing room. While you probably can’t see it, the blue “oriental jute” on the left was purchased at The Gift Shop in Devils Lake, ND. I’d bet this was purchased in the 1970s, but it now has a purpose.

I used a heavy duty stapler, a needle nosed pliers, a screwdriver, scissors and jute.

I tied off the jute after stapling it to the side, then used another staple to start my criss-cross motion.

In order to space the jute apart I stapled the jute twice on each side for every turn.  Making the loop also made the stapling on this section quite easy.  See all those extra original tiny nails? I used the needle nose to pull them once once I realized they would effect my spacing.  The screwdriver I used to pry up “oops” staples where I missed the jute completely. Be sure to keep tightening the jute on each turn.

And this is the final product.

As another option, I’ve also seen examples of lace strung across as well.

Bridesmaid Revisited

2 Aug

I spotted this great ribbon and pearl necklace on Pinterest a few months back.

Ribbon Pearl Necklace

When I saw it, I started thinking about the small collection of bridesmaid pearl necklaces I have from years past.  It’s been a while since I’ve worn any of these necklaces, and I thought this might be a great way to re-vamp them into an updated look. (Please forgive the photography on these, but you get the picture…)

All I needed was a couple of jump rings and some ribbon.  First, I removed the extra clasps and rings from the necklaces.

Then I attached them all to a jump ring on each side.

The final step was to tie the ribbon around the jump rings. I simply tie the ribbon behind my neck to finish.  I’m pretty pleased with this quick and easy revamp!