Blue Iris Dagger Bead Dangle Earrings-Jewelry Tutorial

Blue Iris Dagger Bead Dangle Earrings-Jewelry Tutorial

Have you ever found yourself with a jewelry
supply you kind of had a love/hate relationship with? Well that’s how I feel about split rings and
I recently received a package of a whole bunch of copper split rings and I decided to use
them in a rather unconventional way, to make these funky boho dangle earrings. Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another jewelry making video at So in a recent Bead Box I got a package of
these copper split rings. I love the color and the finish, but I really
do have a love/hate relationship with split rings. They’re great because they’re so secure, but
they are kind of a pain to put on. So I don’t look forward to using them. So I found a use for them as accents in these
earrings, which I think is kind of fun and cool. For my dangles I am wrapping 15.5x5mm glass
dagger beads. This is the color iris blue and I’m going
to show you how to make this hoop. You’ll want some fairly heavy gauge wire. Now my first thought was to just put the daggers
right on the 20 gauge wire, which will fit through the holes, but the problem is making
a hoop out of this. It’s really just too floppy. It’s not very stable and your hoops are just
going to get bent out of shape very easily. I was trying to avoid having to use the wire
wrap 10 of these, but in the end I’m happier with the look. And this is always a good idea when you want
to test out something, is just string it right on, right on the spool. I just strung these on. I was trying some crystal briolettes to see
if those would work and they would. I finally settled on this design. If you’re interested in the supplies I’m using
in these, you should always go to my blog post. You can click the link in the upper right
or at the end of the video it’s in the lower left and also in the description box and that
will bring you to my blog post where I will always have a list of supplies and links to
products. So I’m going to use 16 gauge wire. Even though this is soft, it’s quite heavy
and this will make it so that our hoops will stay nice and secure and not bend out of shape
very easily. For shaping, you can really use anything round. Something that’s around an inch in diameter. I just happen to have my ring mandrel and
I’m going to wrap it around one of the bigger ring sizes and I’m going to wrap it three
times. We need the extra because we’re making loops. It always surprises me how much more wire
than you might think a loop will use up, especially in this heavier gauge wire. Okay, three times. Those are around an inch around. Alright, I wouldn’t stress over the exact
diameter. Just make them both about the same size. The way I cut this in half, roughly in half,
is I look at it on one side where the two wires are near each other and then I’m going
to flip it over 90 degrees and cut right in the middle of that middle piece. If you need to, you may need to cut that wire
end to be flush. It’s especially apparent if you didn’t do
it on heavier gauge wire. And then grab it with round nose pliers and
it doesn’t really matter which way you make the loop. I’m making probably around about the 4mm mark
on my pliers, not that there’s a mark, but what I’m going to do now is take this loop
and I want it centered over the wire, which it pretty much is and I’m going to bend it
so it faces in this direction. Now don’t get all excited like I sometimes
do and make your other loop now because then you’re not going to be able to put your beads
on your ring. Speaking of beads, now it’s time to wire wrap
our dagger beads and for that I have some 24 gauge wire. Now if you are wrapping something you haven’t
wrapped before and you’re not sure of the length, then a good way to figure that out
is to cut your first piece a little longer than you think you’ll need. So I’m going to cut this, I’ll cut it 12″. I’m pretty sure I won’t need that much. Then I can measure the left over piece and
then I will know how much I need to cut for all subsequent pieces. So feed that wire through your dagger bead
and have about an inch and a half sticking out the end, one end. Bend both wires up and bend them into a triangle
above the dagger. Once you have them crisscrossing right above
the bead, go ahead and grab each of those wires with chain nose pliers and bend them
so they’re going straight up. Then grab them with your chain nose pliers
right below where they meet and make a 90 degree bend, treating both wires as one right
now. Tuck in your round nose pliers. Again just make a note of where on the pliers
you’re positioning them so you can make all of your loops the same size. Wrap both those wires around the pliers, reposition
the pliers so you can finish that loop. Then at this point, grab that shorter wire
and just go ahead and wrap it. And there always seems to be that little end
there. You can trim that off or use your chain nose
pliers to tuck it in, whichever is easier. Be careful using the chain nose pliers around
this glass bead because it’s very easy to grab it the wrong way and crush your bead. And it’s a pretty thin point up here. They are fragile. Then I like to hold that loop with my round
nose pliers again and position it this way so that the bead and the wire are facing my
dominant hand and now I’m just going to wrap. I’m going to first go down over that hole
and then try to make a nice, kind of even tapered wrap. To finish, I like to bring the wire up towards
the loop. It’s usually easier to find a place to tuck
it in up there. I can feel it. Can you hear it catching on my fingers? You want to make sure that you tuck that right
into the wires. And let’s see what we have left over here. Five inches. So I used, I think I remember using about
6″ of wire for the other ones. So about 6-7″ of wire for each of them and
that way you can make the look consistent. Yeah, this one probably has a little bit more. I think I remember I used, I made these a
few days ago, I think I used 6″ for each of those. So here are all of my daggers wire wrapped. So now we can start to put our hoop together
just by sliding on some of these split rings. I did three outside of each dagger and three
in between each dagger. Make sure that when you finish your loops,
if you need to, you should grab those and position them so they’re perpendicular to
the bead so when you slide them onto the loop, the dagger is facing the correct direction,
unless you want them facing sideways. So I’m going to slide on three split rings,
a dagger and just repeat. I love this look because it just has a lot
of movement. Instead of a bead that’s stiff, they just
kind of dangle and jangle and I like that. So many of you have told me that you really
enjoy and appreciate the design tips and that you’ve learned a lot. So if you like my videos, I would love it
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kind of show a bit more of my thinking process. I tell you what. I cannot count and talk at the same time. Yeah, the bonus tutorials that my patrons
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I come up with my ideas. So if that’s something you’re able to do,
you can check out my Patreon page and see what that’s all about. Now if this is too much, of course you could
just have one dangle, two, three. Whatever works for you. You don’t have to do quite as much as I have
right here. There they are, all strung on. I just love the way they move. All right, so now we can make the other loop
and what you want to do is trim this wire 1/2″ beyond where this loop starts on this
wire, if you know what I mean. So here’s this point. So I’m gonna trim it about 1/2″ up here and
I’m just eye balling that. Most of the time I allow 3/8″ for a loop,
but this is heavy gauge wire so it’s gonna take up a little bit more of the wire. So again, just tuck in your round nose pliers
and twist until it meets itself. That was a pretty good guesstimation. And then go ahead and bend it back so that
it’s centered over the wire and bend it so basically if you’re wearing the earrings it
will be parallel with the floor. Now notice this is a little bit bigger than
the other earring. What I should have done was before I trimmed
the wire before making that second loop, I should have shaped my wire so that it was
the same size as that one. So here’s another piece of wire that I cut
and strung my beads onto because as impatient as I often am, I firmly believe that you need
to take the time to do something right and make it right. If you have to take it apart and redo it,
just consider it experience and part of the learning process. So now I have my beads on here and I’m just
going to make sure that that is the same size and it is. And now I will repeat what I did earlier,
trimming this about 1/2″ beyond that one and roll my loop back. Okay and I’m much happier with that now. So now it’s just a matter of finishing up. I love this little dangle in the center. You can leave that off if you wanted to, but
I thought it looked kind of cute. And all that is is a little, I think this
is a 4mm copper bead and sort of a bluish crystal, which I thought went well. Cut off about 3/8-inch off from the bead and make a loop. Okay and now believe it or not, there is just
one more step. To finish everything, you just need your ear
wire and a 6mm jump ring will do. We’ll put it all together. We just have to put it together in the right
order. So open your jump ring, slide on your ear
wire, slide through the top of one of the loops of your hoop, put on your dangle and
go through from the under side the other loop. And then fiddle with the positioning so that
you can grab probably just the tip of that jump ring and close it up. This is kind of a pain, but you can do it. And if this project has got you thinking about
variations that you could make with it using other materials, this actually is a bonus
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make, like I said, just a variation on the theme, but I did figure out a different way
of wire wrapping these crystal shards that have a very interesting look and I’ll have
some tips for you for making this design into a pair of hoop earrings. So if you’re interested in bonus tutorials
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    val hadfield

    Thank you Sandy. I read a tip which you might already know. That is to use a staple remover to open the dreaded split rings, hope that helps. Sorry but I don't remember where I saw it. Blessings to you and yours

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    Shabby & Unique USA

    I love your design of these. I was wondering if you can tell me where you got the beads from? Also what are they called?

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