Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today's Project: Ear Cuffs

So, a while back, I posted about making some ear cuffs and how there were so many different design variations with them, and so on. Well, today, I decided to play around with the design for a bit, and I'd like to show you what I came up with. :)

Basic wire ear cuff by BokBok Jewelry
The first one is kind of a template for the others - a basic wire shape that looks nice on its own, but that can also be embellished. I took my old cuff (the one I posted about back in January), flattened it out, and pressed it into paper that was on top of a soft surface, so that the shape of the wire would "emboss" the paper. I then traced the wire shape that was left in the paper, and that became a template for making this particular design of ear cuffs. It made it so easy to make these cuffs!

Basic beaded ear cuff by BokBok Jewelry
The next cuff design I made looks an awful lot like the first one, but I wired a bead to the center of the cuff. I had originally shaped the cuff, then tried wiring the bead; it would have been easier if I had just found the center of the cuff wire, added the bead, then formed the cuff. I'm also curious to try just stringing the bead onto the cuff wire itself; I haven't tried it yet, but it may be easiest.

The last design I made uses the original, basic cuff form, to which I added a single bead dangle. It keeps a lot of the simplicity and minimalist look of the basic design, but the dangle adds some movement and color. (I could have done a better job on the bottom of the headpin with the bead, I admit, but this is just an example.) 
Ear cuff with bead dangle by BokBok Jewelry

From here, I plan to experiment with adding a bead directly onto the cuff wire, as well as making different cuff forms. These ear cuffs have been a lot of fun to make and play with, and best of all, they're something that I can make and wear for myself!  :)

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment to let me know!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Today's Project: Paper Beads

As the title says, I've been working on making paper beads today. I've never done it before, but I figure that the best way to learn (for me, at least) is to jump right in, so that's what I did!

I started by looking at some templates online. I didn't see any that looked easy to print, so I wound up measuring everything on my paper myself. This was, perhaps, for the best because I am using wrapping paper leftover from a birthday present and the paper isn't exactly in a standard measurement.

I soon learned two things: one, wrapping paper, being thin, makes really thin beads; two, it is super-difficult to keep the paper lined up so that the bead winds up symmetrical! When I do this again, I'll be using thicker paper and longer cuts so that my beads aren't so skinny (unless skinny is what I'm going for, of course).

Anyway, I've gotten one fully done so far and two are drying on the skewers. I've been thinking of what I want to make with them, and I think I'll have to wait and see how many beads I wind up with.