Project

Tiny Post Earrings

Project Description

Who is this project for? Women 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. 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.

What you will need

  • 5mm amethyst and 5mm opal cabochons
  • 20g and 28g sterling silver and goldfilled wire
  • 2mm sterling silver and goldfilled round beads

Q&A with HeikeK

Kim Lynch asked:
Perfect. Beautiful artistry and the direction for learning the techniques is much appreciated!
HeikeK answered:
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
Cathyherbsew asked:
I'm amazed at how small they are and so intricate, i like the gold wire showing as much as it does.
HeikeK answered:
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.
Cathyherbsew asked:
I have acquired Perri's tutorial but have not taken time to play with it yet. Your design is inspiring!
HeikeK answered:
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.
Hana Designs asked:
Just stunning and beautifully made
HeikeK answered:
Thank you so much, Hanna!