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…..it’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?