Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Design Featured in the Simply Beads Newsletter

I opened my Simply Beads newsletter this morning and was delighted to see my Autumn Takes Flight earrings project featured as the free project in the Volume 4, Number 16 (November 24, 2010) issue. This project originally appeared in the book titled Four Seasons of Beading by Barb Switzer.

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Autumn Takes Flight

Click here for larger image.Design by Liz Revit
Get creative using resin charms to create these fabulous, lightweight earrings, adding whimsy to your autumn wardrobe. Swarovski® crystals add just a touch of sparkle to these fun-to-wear earrings.

Skill level



  • 2 (3/4 x 3/4-inch) gold resin square charms
  • 4 pewter spacers
  • 2 (8mm) green pearls
  • 4mm CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements bicone crystals:
    2 light Colorado topaz, 2 topaz, 2 erinite
  • 6 (1 1/2-inch) 24-gauge sterling silver head pins
  • 2 (7mm) silver-plated jump rings
  • 2 sterling silver ear wires
  • 2 (3-inch) lengths 20-gauge dead-soft sterling silver wire
  • Round-nose pliers
  • 2 pairs of chain-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Finished Size

2 1/4 inches long

Click here for larger image.Instructions

  1. Using both pairs of chain-nose pliers, open a jump ring and slide it onto a resin charm. Close ring.
  2. Form a wrapped loop at one end of a 3-inch piece of wire, attaching loop to onto jump ring attached to charm before wrapping. String a pewter spacer, pearl and a pewter spacer. Form a wrapped loop. Trim excess wire.
  3. Slide a bicone crystal onto a head pin. Form a wrapped loop. Trim excess wire. Repeat two more times for a total of three beaded dangles.
  4. Open loop on ear wire. Slide on all three beaded dangles and wrapped loop above pearl. Close loop.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for second earring.
Sources: Resin charms from Plaid Enterprises Inc.; pearls from Blue Moon Beads; pewter spacers from Talisman Associates Inc.; crystals, head pins and wire from Fusion Beads; ear wires and jump rings from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
Copyright © 2009 Four Seasons of Beading, Annie's Attic. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

C. said...

You are getting published often- this is great! I say amp up the speed and creativity and prepare to take the world by storm! Keep it coming!