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Tiny Post Earrings

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Jewelry
Type Accessory, Earrings
Style Cute, Traditional, Romantic, Classic
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Who is this project for? Women

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What materials did you use? 5mm amethyst and 5mm opal cabochons, 20g and 28g sterling silver and goldfilled wire, 2mm sterling silver and goldfilled round beads

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What are you most proud of? The challenge was that my friend only wears very tiny post earrings. Here's what I came up with. It's basically nothing more than one row of RAW stitch and the scalloped edges I've learnt from Perri Jackson's (ShaktipajDesigns) Rose of Sharon Tutorial (http://www.etsy.com/listing/112055690/rose-of-sharon-coiled-faceted-birthstone). They are really small, only about 9mm in diameter.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Try RAW with thread first, then practice with wire. The scalloped edge isn't difficult, but practice with Perri's Rose of Sharon tutorial. The earposts are made by myself, but Theresa Sandin offers a tutorial "Scroll Ear Studs with Dangle Loop" which gives you an idea how to make them (http://www.etsy.com/listing/116479582/tutorial-sturdy-scroll-ear-posts-with). Or use a prefabricated earring post with a flat pad.

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Perfect. Beautiful artistry and the direction for learning the techniques is much appreciated!

09/02/2013 Flag

Thank you, Kim. It's not tht difficult to make them, only fiddly. They are not exactly "roses of Sharon" as Perri teches them in her tutorial, but I borrowed the concept and modified it slightly. If you want to learn mora about beadweaving with wire I recommend Perri's Chantilly Lace Tutorial (http://www.etsy.com/listing/115814337/chantilly-lace-silver-wire-lampwork-and). She's a great teacher and I think that I've learnt most of my skills from her tutorials. I

09/04/2013 Flag

I'm sorry for all the mistakes, lol.

09/04/2013 Flag

I bought the chantilly lace tutorial. It is fascinating how you find ways to adapt it. Now I just need to spend more time with the wire than on Craftsy or Pinterest! But the inspiration photos are so addictive.

09/04/2013 Flag

Perri shows many examples of how to use the techniques she teaches on her flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/perri_jackson/with/5490006226/) or, if you're a member, on jewelrylessons.com In the gallery (http://www.jewelrylessons.com/gallery?f5=shaktipaj). She's shaktipaj there. And I used the Chantilly Lace technique for my Brasilianite Pendant and Amber in Chantilly Lace. The Copper and Labradorite pendant and Red Tiger Eye are kind of bigger versions of these tiny earrings.

09/07/2013 Flag

I took a peek at those links. What a treat to see some of your early work, too! I'm not finding seamed copper beads very easily as recommended in the chantilly tute. I could probably use crimp covers instead?

09/08/2013 Flag

Any beads that can be opened easily work well. I got some cheap coppe beads which open up so easily that they can't be used for anything else than the Chantilly Lace technique. I think crimp covers work very well. And fusionbeads sell metal seed beads which are great for this technique AND have large holes (perfect for a copper Rose of Sharon).

09/09/2013 Flag

My Fusion bead order arrived! Thanks for pointing me to them. I added some colored seed bead mixes as well to see what they were like. Have you ever done the lace technique with the glass beads instead of metal?

09/21/2013 Flag

I'm amazed at how small they are and so intricate, i like the gold wire showing as much as it does.

09/04/2013 Flag

Thank you, Cathy. They are small but not really difficult to make, only fiddly:). And I really like the combination of the gold filled wire and the colors of the opal. They are really beautiful. I've never seen so much flash and fire in such a tiny stone. No chance to take a picture that does them justice.

09/06/2013 Flag

I have acquired Perri's tutorial but have not taken time to play with it yet. Your design is inspiring!

09/04/2013 Flag

They aren't exactly Roses of Sharon but I borrowed the concept and modified it slightly. I love RoS, it's one of my most favorite designs. And I've learnt so much from this tutorial. I can't wait to see what you will make with it.

09/06/2013 Flag

Any beads that can be opened easily work well. I got some cheap coppe beads which open up so easily that they can't be used for anything else than the Chantilly Lace technique. I think crimp covers work very well. And fusionbeads sell metal seed beads which are great for this technique AND have large holes (perfect for a copper Rose of Sharon).

09/09/2013 Flag

I'm sorry Cathy, I wanted to answer Kim's question and picked the wrong box.

09/09/2013 Flag

Just stunning and beautifully made

02/23/2014 Flag

Thank you so much, Hanna!

03/06/2014 Flag