May 28, 2008

Ornament Thursday - Insectia

Dragonfly Earrings

2 small Hill Tribe Silver dragonfly pendants
2 disk beads - Humblebeads
2 8mm smoky quartz beads
4 6mm pearls
4 8mm faceted pearls
4 4mm crystals
24 nickel seed beads, size 11
2 5mm flat spacers
2 6mm flat spacers
2 crimp beads
2 silver earring wires
Beading wire
Crimping Pliers
Wire Nippers

1. Cut two 6 inch lengths of beading wire.
2. On one of the beading wires, string on the dragonfly and let it fall to the center of the wire.
3. On one side string a 6mm pearl, seed bead, 8mm pearl, seed bead, crystal, seed bead. Repeat pattern on the other side of the dragonfly.
4. String both sides of the wire through a 5mm spacer, disk bead, 6mm spacer, smoky quartz bead and a crimp bead.
5. On each wire string 3 seed beads.
6. Loop each side into the opposite side of seed beads to form a little loop on the top. Thread the beading wire back through the crimp bead and smoky quartz bead.
7. Pull the beading wires very tight so only a small amount of the beading wire shows on the top. Crimp the crimp bead. Nip of the excess wire as close to the smoky quartz bead as possible. Tuck the end of the wires down into the spacer bead.
8. Add earwire and repeat the process to create the second earring.
Note: The wires must be pulled very tight before crimping for the dragonfly to lay properly. This may take some patience and a pair of pliers!
I created this pair of earrings as a companion for my Eclectic Dragonfly Necklace that first appeared in BeadStyle magazine. The necklace went on to make an appearance on PBS' Beads, Baubles and Jewels. It can now be seen in BeadStyle's Easy Beading Vol. 4.

Disk beads can be found in my Etsy shop or at my Humblebeads site. Dragonflies can be found at Rings & Things.
This project is part of Ornament Thursday. A collection of designers that tackles a theme each month in a marathon of creativity. To check out the other projects visit the links below.


Jennifer Stumpf said...

awesome heather! can't wait to see the new goodies!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Awesome additions to the Etsy shop. I love all of 'em!
Better start selling some jewelry....

Lorelei Eurto said...

I am loving these earrings. so cute! Hey question! The pearls used in the dragonfly necklace, are they double drilled (2 holes?) Where do I find those???

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Cool - a famous project for today! YAY! I can see why these earrings are well known. They're lovely, the dragonflies, the colors, the Humblebeads are perfect together! Lovely work, Heather!


Katie Hacker said...

These are gorgeous, Heather. I love your color combinations!

Linda Augsburg said...

I recognize that necklace--great that you made earrings to match! I loved making that project for Beads, Baubles, and Jewels--it's fun to play with a mix of beads. Great job, Heather!

Heather Powers said...

Hi Lorelei,
You can find 6mm double drilled pearls at Rings & Things. The ones used in the project I can't find anymore. :( I have one last strand and have no idea where to more. So if you ever find larger double drilled pearls, grab them!

Heather Powers said...

Thanks Linda! I was happy to have you demo the project!!! Even happier to see it in Easy Beading, I love articles that keep on giving.

Heather Powers said...

thanks everyone. This is the fanciest pair of earrings I've ever made! I'm been wearing them around the house expecting to go to a party any minute.

Lisa said...

I love the dragonfly theme! Those are really pretty earrings!

Kriss said...

The earrings are fabulous. I was so happy to scroll down and find a matching bracelet too! Beautiful work.

Dave Robertson said...

Hi, Heather,

Love this project, thanks for mentioning us!

BTW, dragonfly lovers will find lots & lots of other dragonflies at our site:

Take care, and keep up the awesome work!

at Rings and Things