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Meet Eva: Peach and Gunmetal

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I’ve been busy working on my 1920s Collection this past week and have finished five new pieces that I’ll be posting over the next few days! Today I want to introduce you to Eva.  This necklace features a cluster of peachy freshwater pearls (4 mm), dangling from three delicate gunmetal chains.  I absolutely love how the chains sparkle in the light, although that’s something I find difficult to capture in the photographs.

Anyway, in addition to the necklace, I’ve creating a matching set of earrings! These earrings have tiny freshwater pearls (2-3 mm) clustered on handcrafted gunmetal ear hooks.  What do you think?

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The CSI Project: Eva M Designs Featured Project!

Over Christmas break I stumbled upon The CSI Project – Create Something Inspiring.  Each week they post a crafting challenge focused around a single theme.  This week’s theme was Favorite Project of 2012.  I was lucky enough to have my earring tutorial featured this past Wednesday!  Check out the tutorial on the CSI Project’s site or on its original post: Tutorial – Dangling Pearl Earrings.

 

Also, post your own link on the CSI Project’s site to enter in this week’s contest! You can find the information here.

New Photos!

I have been messing around with photographing (wow, that looks like a weird word) my jewelry pieces.  Today I got the idea to get some tiles from Lowes to use as the new surfaces.  I really like how they turned out!! I found that the dark, near black tile I had was too dark — it ruined the color of the sea glass.  The lightest tile I had was also less than satisfactory — the beach glass kind of faded into it.  The middle one was “just right.” (There’s a little Goldilocks wisdom for you.)

 

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Tutorial: New Year’s Eve Earrings

Unlike me, my sister is the typical 21-year old party girl.  While I will be chilling with my dogs and maybe a friend or two on New Years Eve, she will be hitting the bars, no doubt.  With that in mind, I made Ali a pair of earrings for Christmas that are just perfect for a New Years Eve party.

 

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IMG_0674Supplies for one SET:

– two small black beads

– two small gold beads

– four large black beads (3/8 inch)

– two large gold beads (1/2 inch?)

– four medium gold beads (1/4 inch)

– two medium black beads (1/4 inch)

– chain (mine is a very dark brownish black)

– wire (mine is a very dark brownish black)

 

 

You can see the number of links per bead in the picture here.  The largest gold bead hung at 9 links, while the smallest black used only 3 links.  Depending on the type of chain you use, the number of links will vary.  I found it helpful to leave each chain a little longer for the first earrings and cut it down as I played with how each bead would lie in the clump.  Then, for the second earrings, I cut the chain at the exact number of links.

 

From this point on, it’s pretty simple.  Create the head pin with the wire by wrapping it around the round-nosed pliers. String the bead on the wire, and then create a loop and string the chain on BEFORE closing the loop:

String the chains on your ear wire — I used the order I listed the beads in above. I found it fell nicely that way, but you might want to reorder the beads based on your beads and chain. And there ya go!

Tutorial: Dangling White Pearl Earrings on Bronze Wire

photo-3I hardly ever buy gifts these days.  I try to make my gifts whenever I can, tailoring my craftiness to my giftee’s tastes. (The one exception has always been the guys in my life, but I’ll save that for another post!) When I found out we were doing a Secret Santa gift exchange at work, I figured it would be a great chance to get a little exposure for Eva M Designs at work and give a super nice gift to a coworker!  So instead of getting a $5 gift card to Starbucks (though I really did enjoy that Frappuccino!), our drama teacher got a nice $26 pair of earrings.

IMG_0591In case anyone would like to replicate this exchange, I’m going to share with you the process! It’s somewhat time consuming but fairly simple.  First, you need to start with your set of pliers, bronze chain, bronze wire, and your glass pearls.  You’ll have to tailor everything to the size of beads you use as well as the size of the chain links in order to get the same dangling effect, but the process is still the same.

Using your round nose pliers, curl the end of a peice of wire (you only need 2-3 inches, depending on the size of the bead) into a small circle.  I use this technique in place of a head pin.  I personally don’t like using headpins, because I’ve found the wire is often too difficult to bend and/or is not long enough to easily wrap.  Plus my method is cost effective, and it automatically matches whatever color wire I’m using!  String your center bead (the largest pearl) onto the wire, like so:

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The first time I made these earrings, I wasn’t sure on the exact length of each pearl, so I always overestimate.  I cut a chain of 7 or 8 links, and then I trimmed that down to 6 after I had the bead attached, as you can see in the picture above. So cut your chain to the length of links you would like, and then you can continue with the other end of the bead you have strung onto your homemade wire headpin.  It is important to remember to attach the chain as you are wrapping the other end — I have forgotten before and have had to start over. By attaching the chain, this is what I mean:

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Then, go ahead and wrap the end of the wire around the stem of the loop you just created.  Hope that made sense!

At this point, you are repeating this process for as many pearls as you want in your cluster.  I used one large, two medium, and one smaller for my cluster.  I generally prefer asymmetry, but feel free to add a second smaller bead. After you have strung your pearls on chains, like this:

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IMG_0594It is time for you to make your ear wires.  Now, the first time I made these, I made the mistake I was telling you about — not remembering to string my chains on BEFORE I finished.  So now I have a set of bronze earring hooks with nothing on them:

Don’t do that! First, wrap your wire around your round-nosed pliers.  Before finishing the loop by wrapping the wire around its stem, string on your chains in whatever order you think falls best.  I used: medium bead, large bead, medium bead, and small bead.  THEN, finish the loop by wrapping the end of the wire around the loop’s stem.  So now you have a wire that ends in a loop with your dangling chains.  To shape the ear hook, you are going to bend the wire around a round rod — I use a colored pencil, although you could also use a screwdriver.

Align the pencil to the bottom of the loop, then bend the wire over the pencil.  Clip the wire below the loop, and using your round-nosed pliers, flip out the very tip of the wire. To smooth that jagged end of the wire, use a wire rounder.

And ta-da! You have lovely new earrings:

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New Listings – December 18, 2012

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Cornflower Blue Sterling Earrings Beach Glass BraceletLight Teal Sterling PendantWire Wrapped Aqua Pendant

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