I can’t believe that fall is almost here in New York. I usually check out the stores (both on and offline) to see what’s in style for the season. Apparently, long drop earrings are in style for Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 as shown here.
I like some of the earrings, but I also wanted something with a ’70s “disco” vibe. So, I decided to make long drop earrings with some wooden go-go components (a throwback to the ’60s) and gold seed beads.
The go-go earrings are pretty easy to make. If you know how to string beads and open a jump ring, then you should have no problem making these.
Here are the instructions:
54 Toho 11/0 seed beads in gold
2 wood go-go components (I purchased mine from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads)
scrap pieces of Beadalon 19 strand beading cord in satin gold
4 gold-plated crimp beads
4 wire guardians
2 7mm gold-plated jump rings
4 5mm gold-plated jump rings
1 pair of gold-plated earring wire
1 pair flush cutters
1 pair flat nose pliers
1 pair bent nose pliers
1 pair needle nose pliers
Make the seed bead dangle
Take a piece of beading cord and string a seed bead, a crimp bead, another seed bead and a wire guardian.
Thread the end of the cord through the other side of the wire guardian, the first seed bead, and the crimp tube.
Slightly pull the cord tight with the bent nose pliers. Gently squeeze the crimp tube with the needle nose pliers. Cut the excess cord with the flush cutters up to the middle of the second seed bead. Tuck the tip of the cord into the seed bead.
String 24 additional seed beads, then a crimp bead, another seed bead, and a wire guardian.
Slightly pull the cord tight, then gently squeeze the crimp tube. Cut the excess cord up to the middle of the second to last bead. Tuck the tip of the cord into the seed bead.
Make another seed bead dangle following the instructions above. Put the seed bead dangles aside.
Attach the go-go component
Open a 7mm jump ring, then attach it to a go-go component.
Open a 5mm jump ring, then attach it to the go-go component and one end of the beaded cord.
Open another 5mm jump ring, then attach it to the other end of the beaded cord and earring wire.
Repeat the instructions above to make the other earring.
Your earrings should look like these:
I love the contrast of the glitz and sparkle of the seed beads with the earthiness of the go-go components. I could wear these with my favorite casual evening outfit: a turtleneck sweater and jeans. Or, I could wear this with something more festive, like a colorful silk button-down top.
Would you dare to wear earrings like these this season? If so, how would you wear them?
I hope that you are feeling inspired to create your own jewelry. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the comments section below.
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Spinster Simone 🙂