What Do You Keep In Your Stash For Earring Projects?
Earring making projects don't come easily to me. I've always been more of a bracelet or necklace kinda gal, but once in a while, I feel the need to whip up a pair of earrings to match a new sweater or just for a quick gift. In addition to making sure that I always have a stash of earring findings in all my favorite styles, I also keep a big stash of some of my favorite beads and jewelry-making supplies handy so that when the ideas come to me, I can get started making my beaded earring designs right away!
Cabochons. I hoard cabochons. If you look through my bead stash, there are cabochons in pretty much every drawer and storage container. I'm always on the lookout for smaller cabochons, especially pretty little vintage cabochons, that I can whip up into a quick pair of beaded earrings.
Along with the cabochons, I keep a little stash of glass and crystal stones. Vintage Swarovski crystal stones and vintage Czech glass stones are perfect for stitching into earrings with the help of a little netted bezel.
Plastic craft rings. My mother and my grandmother made hundreds of crochet potholders in their day, some of which are still used on a daily basis in my kitchen. They also left me a huge supply of those plastic craft rings, which are also available at most craft and yarn shops.
These little craft rings are great for covering with beading stitches like right-angle weave, beaded netting, or even peyote stitch. Add a large jump ring before attaching them to a pair of ear wires or your favorite earring finding for a quick and creative earring making project!
Czech glass gumdrops and spikes. Even though it took me a little while to figure out what to do with my stash of Czech glass spikes, I had fun with the Czech glass gumdrops right away. The unique shape of these glass beads makes them suited for all kinds of innovative beaded jewelry designs — including quick and easy earring making projects.
Once you get the hang of making a basic bezel for your Czech glass spikes and gumdrops, you'll see how they can be used in dozens of different earring making designs!
Of course, if you're stuck for an earring making project, having a handy resource like Favorite Bead Stitches 2013 around can help, too. With over thirty-five of your favorite beading projects made with your favorite bead-weaving stitches like peyote, right-angle weave, herringbone, and brick stitch, it's the perfect way to jump start your earring making projects. Get your copy of Favorite Bead Stitches 2013 and make some beaded earrings tonight!
Do you have a favorite stash of beading supplies that you use for earring making? What's your favorite way to make beaded earrings? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your inspiring ideas for earring making!