I’ve got a bit beading mad over the past week, although I can only find two of the pairs of earrings that I made. I did find a picture of the button earrings, but I’m wearing them so you have some of my face too! Please forgive the awful picture quality, I took the pictures on my phone as I broke my camera.
So, here we go with both of them together. I used some of the little trees in bottles and attached them to earring hooks with bailes. These are currently the most popular of the earrings I’ve been making which is lucky bearing in mind how many of them I can actually make with relative ease. All the hard work was done earlier in the year, but as they never got used I figured I may as well make something new out of them!
Close up! All the trees came out differently – I’m not a big fan of the one on the left, but hey ho. It’s a unique piece of jewellery so I’m refusing to get all twitchy over how they don’t match. Don’t make me all twitchy… I’ve actually been asked by one of the people I work with to make a pair of these earrings, so I’m really excited about that. I know it’s easy, but I’m quite chuffed that someone is willing to buy them and give them as a present.
I’ve totally fallen in love with these earrings already. I made them today, using my tips to pick up the bits I need. It’s a really simple pattern, made with inspiration from here. The bead shop in Nottingham that I usually go to didn’t have enough of the green beads that I wanted, so I got creative and went with the treated ones that have a beautiful colour to them. They were a bit more expensive, but I’m really impressed with how they turned out.
And finally, my button earrings. Made from a pack of buttons that I originally picked up to fix Hairy’s trousers, I had to adapt a pattern from one of Mops’ books as I didn’t have any chain in. That’s made from 19 jump rings fastened together so it’s actually a lot longer than it looks in the picture. I used black and white buttons because I like black and white (and they were the only colours I had in!), although I’m itching to try it out with a multi-coloured set of buttons. I think that’s going to look amazing. Mops has asked me to make her some of these earrings in navy, as the ones that I’m wearing there were too long for her.
All in all, a successful crafting week. I’m planning on trying out some new patterns and techniques soon, so I’m getting all excited about beading again. I’m hopefully going to have enough time (and resources!) to make some Christmas decorations as well, but for the moment I’m happy with my earrings.