Hey friends! I’ve got a fun accessory I want to share with you today that’s delicate and understated, with a hint of texture and your favorite beads. These DIY earrings make up quickly, and because they’re embossed, they look anything but homemade!
Today I’ll be sharing two techniques for working with wire and metal. Don’t be intimidated if you haven’t tried them before – they’re not difficult, and you’ll be hooked after you do it a couple of times! Let me give you a supply list to get started – and I’ll even include affiliate links to these products, in case you decide to shop right now.
- Sizzix Big Shot and acrylic cutting pads
- Sizzix DecoEmboss die: Moroccan Tile
- Vintaj Reliefing Block
- Vintaj Brass 40mm Tapered Blanks
- Vintaj 1.5″ Eye Pins
- Vintaj Earring Wires
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Wire Cutters
- 3mm Beads
To get started, emboss your Vintaj brass blanks with your favorite pattern. Due to the small size, I recommend a Sizzix DecoEmboss die that’s fairly geometric, like this Moroccan Tile pattern. Position your blank (and you may tape it with washi tape, if you’re worried it will slide) and close the folder.
Create your Sizzix sandwich by placing the die between a pair of acrylic cutting pads, making sure that the side that says “this side down” is indeed facing downward. Set your Big Shot platform tab to #1, and roll it through your Sizzix machine!
Gently buff the front of your blank with the Vintaj Reliefing Block to highlight the shine of the embossed areas.
Next, I’ll be showing you an optional step to add your favorite color bead to your design. If you don’t want a bead, or you don’t enjoy wire work, you may skip this step and move on to the next!
To create a beaded connector, begin with a jewelry eye pin. Thread on a 3mm or 4mm bead, and bend the excess wire over one side of a pair of round nose pliers close to the bead, to create a loop. Then, take the tail end of the wire and wrap it around the pin between the bead and loop. You only *need* to wrap it once, but for a finished look, I will typically wrap it as many times as necessary to fill the entire gap between the bead and the loop, so the bed is snugly set between the two loops.
Finally, connect your pieces! I twisted open the loops at the end of my eye pin and the earring wire to connect my pieces, but you can also use small brass jump rings instead to connect each component.
Repeat the process for your second earring, and you’ve got a simple – but fabulous – pair to wear!
I hope you enjoyed this jewelry project, and I’ll see you guys again soon!
As a 2015 Sizzix Design team member, I receive certain Sizzix products free of charge in order to share inspiration projects and tutorials. Select dies were provided by Sizzix in order to create this post. My designs and opinions are, of course, all my own.