Beaded Dangle Earring Tutorials and Some Romantic Vampires

With the last movie of the Twilight Saga opening in just a few weeks I really wanted to dig into my blog and re-make this Twilight earring tutorial I did a few years back. Through the blogger to WordPress migration the post and pics got all askew. I didn’t want it to get lost somewhere in cyberspace never to be seen again! So, here it’s, all fixed up and ready for love! 🙂

When Hurricane Ike slammed Houston and left us without power for fifteen days, my beautiful and incredibly sweet niece, Maranda, handed me her copy of Twilight. I think I have read the Twilight Saga in it’s entirety about 10 times since. Fast forward a few years. My friend Kayla recommended that I read The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I am in LOVE with the series. It’s Twilight for grown women! It’s that secret book series you never told anyone you read. Well, until now, with all the 50 Shades of Grey popularity. I can come out of the closet, now?! HA!

For the tutorial I used my Twilight earrings. I was inspired by the beautiful covers of each of the books in the Twilight Saga, and chose a deep red and black. I received a lot of great feedback for my previous tutorial on a pair of earrings I made.  I decided I wanted to do a more in depth tutorial for y’all.  So, here we go…

This is how it all begins.  A pile of beads, some chain, pins, findings and jewelry tools.  Yes, the earring findings really did end up in the shape of a heart.  No, I didn’t place them that way…isn’t that quite sweet.

Place your beads on the pin, then twist the remaining metal over a pair of rosary pliers like this.

Cut the metal with end-cutters at the bottom of the loop, flush with the top of the first bead.
These are all my beads put together along with the end pieces, chain and findings.
I like to line all my pieces.  It helps me to see what works and what does not, along with how I would like the design to look.  It also helps with how much chain you need for each strand.
If have learned that if you cut the individual link in the middle your pieces does not come apart as often.  When you cut from the ends, I think the two links rubbing together eventually causes them to open back up. 
It helps too, if you don’t have to cut the chain at all.  Sometimes you can get away with opening up the loop on your beads and adding the chain that way.  The closure of the headpin loops is a lot tighter than a closure of a chain link.  
I’ve placed the earring finding as well as a jump ring to show you, that in my opinion it is easier to add all your chains to the jump ring, then add the jump ring to the finding.  The finding loop is small and it is a little tricky to add multiple chains when you have them.
With jump rings, links and even the pin, loops if you pull the ends up away from each other as opposed to pulling them apart.  When you close them back they tend to be more flush with each other.
These are all my strands placed on the jump ring.  Now, see how it’s bowing out a bit at the top.  Too many beads together. 
So I take off two strands to add some links to them bringing the beads down a little further. 
I reattach them in their appropriate spot and…..see, now it dangles much better!
These are the finished earrings!!  Have fun with colors and lengths!!  
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a paranormal romance series by J. R. Ward.  This series is about six vampire warriors who defend their race against Lessers, de-souled humans who threaten their kind. All the while they find romance and what not.  I love the series because each vampire is so relatable to men period!  It’s got a lot of humor, suspense, mystery, action and then OF COURSE…’s got romance!
In The Black Dagger Brotherhood, each of the brothers have a significant eye color.  This piece I created here is inspired by my personal favorite brother, Z. His eyes are yellow but turn black when he is angered.
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless,
though I could see. And when you came…..I was awakened.”
~Z, Lover Awakened, p. 424
At first I made the one on the left.  It just didn’t look right to me.  Too much clutter, I think.  So, I took it all apart and played around with it for a while and came up with the one on the right.  What do you think?

So….these are my romantic vampire earrings.  Who doesn’t love a vampire!?! At least one that’s romantic, right? 


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39 thoughts on “Beaded Dangle Earring Tutorials and Some Romantic Vampires”

  1. Dropping by from NFF, I LOVE both pairs of earrings they are so beautiful. I might have to look into the black dagger brotherhood, I have read twilight a bunch of times, its not entertaining anymore, and I am in need of a new book! Thanks for the recommendation!I am your newest follower!

  2. Thank You Karissa and Becky! 🙂 Becky…'s GREAT but a lil fair warning….it's make Twilight's romance seem like…um…say sesame street! It's a wonderful series tho…I LOVE IT!

  3. Stopping by from New Friend Fridays…Hard to pick a favorite brother – but Zsadist is a great choice! I love all of the BDB books, but I think Wrath is my favorite because he was the first one I fell in love with! Beautiful earrings too!

  4. Hi, visiting from Mad in Crafts party. I love your earrings, so swooshy! I bet they're really fun to wear. I also love hearing about people's inspirations for jewelry – thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi! Fabulous earings! One of these days I'll be brave enough to make a pair! The books sound awesome, I'll keep an eye out for them. Thanks for all the info! I'm visiting with sumo, hope you visit me too!

  6. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! If you do make one, I would love to see how it turns out! And I'm so glad I popped over because I've been looking for a new series, so now I have to check this one out. Have you read the selection of Midnight Sun that is on Stephenie Meyer's website? It's the first part of the Twilight story written from Edward's point of view. I'm obsessed. I can't wait for her to publish the rest!

  7. Those are very pretty! I haven't read or seen the movies for Twilight, but these look great! I haven't made jewelry before, but it looks like it took you a long time! Thank you so much for linking to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday!

  8. Coming from Mrs. Betty Rocker. This is really cute. My 19 year old daughter would love these. We love to make jewelry. Having a giveaway, stop by this week.

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