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May 14, 2013

DIY Monday: Blue Agate Ombre Earrings

Filed under: Accessories,Art,DIY,Fashion,Jewelry,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:15 am
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DIY Monday is now brought to you by the letter D~

I found the loveliest string of blue agates rondelles at the beading store.  The strand had many different shades of the same robin’s egg blue, so I knew they would be perfect for a pair of ombre earrings.  First I unstrung them and sorted them into about 7 shade categories.  Then I got started with my earrings.  This is what you’ll need, in addition to the usual tools and such: 4 twist jump rings, 2 inches of silver wire 14 gauge or above, 2 earwires, and 14 beads sorted from light to dark.

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Start by flattening your silver wire (it comes on a roll so it has a slight natural curve).  Take it to your anvil and flatten out about 3/4 of an inch.  Place a pair of pliers on either side of the flattened part and twist 180 degrees.  Twist again if you like, I took it around 2 more times.

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Next, string your beads on the top part of the wire, dark to light.  Or vice-versa if that’s what you’re into, no judgement~  Place the top, unflattened part of your wire up against your anvil and flatten out about 1/2 an inch.  Your beads shouldn’t be able to move much up or down on the wire at this point.  Put a loop onto the tip of the wire, this part will stay un-flattened.

This is what your project should look like at this point:

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Very carefully, twist the top flattened wire below the loop.  Don’t twist too far, this can break the wire(and it’s a real shame to put this much work into it and have it bust.  Which I did.  Twice.)  Hang your two twist jump rings at the top, and smooth out any rough spots on your wire.

Voila!  Lovely ombre earrings~

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2 Comments »

  1. So cool! I love jewelry tutorials! Thank you for sharing!
    Xo,
    Z
    http://beingzhenya.com

    Comment by BeingZhenya — May 14, 2013 @ 4:29 am |Reply


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