Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fruit Salad Earrings - A Tutorial


Want a new pair of crazy fun earrings?  Why not make some!   You're going to need some items:



Supplies:
  • Vintage Fruit Charms- 20 or so
  • 20 6mm Jump rings
  • A pair of Earwires
  • 4-5 inches of chain - I used 2 (two) 2 1/2 inch pieces.  It needs to have large enough links to attach to. A small cable chain works great
A note about vintage fruit charms:  These are normally sold in packs of 20-25.  25 should be enough for a pair, but make sure you have pairs of the fruit charms for matching earrings.




Tools

  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Side Cutters
  • Head Pin


Now to start:

Take your chain and cut it in half wth your cutters.  To make sure that it hangs evenly, thread one end of each length on to your head pin.  Trim to be equal if need be. 


I used pre-cut lengths and needed to trim just one length.






Now take your chains and set one to the side.  Open a jump ring.  Use both sets of pliers, and twist to the side to open & close jumprings.  Thread one fruit bead on to the open jump ring, hook to the chain, and close the jump ring, twisting the jump ring closed.


Continue on, alternating fruits and leaves.  Don't forget to attach your charms to both sides of the chain.  I started with apples at the bottom, added a leaf and a cherry to the next link, and a lemon to the link above that.  Pear and grape went on next, on opposing sides of the chain.  I added a banana and another leaf - this time to the same jump ring.  A plum and a mystery fruit (Possibly a strawberry?  Who knows!) topped it off!




Now, you need to make a second one that's the same.  My little stand is one of the card/photo stands that you can get that has an alligator clip on the top.  I find it useful for photos!

Next...take your earwires. Open the loop on the end, using your round nose pliers.  Attach the end of the chain that doesn't have fruit attached.  It seems like that would be obvious, but you'd be surprised.  Before you close the loop, check to see if you like the length.

Personally, I like about a 2 inch drop.  If you need to adjust your earrings, now is the time to do it.  You would use your side cutters and trim your chain.  Remember to check to see that your earrings are the same length.  A little difference won't be very noticeable.



When you're happy with the length, close the loop.  Repeat for the other earwire and you're good to go! Swingy, not blingy, and a little chingy. 


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16 comments:

Jackie Paulson said...

I love these photo's in details...I think I might one day be able to make my own stuff...are you on etsy? Love this. TY Jackie

Self Sagacity said...

Thanks, this is so very cool. I will try it with my girl. :-)

Desperate Houselife said...

Adorable! If I had similar charms I would TOTALLY be making these. Gonna keep my eye out :)

Mango said...

wel donne!
i love this colorfull earrings :)
cheerfull :DD

mglawler said...

How cute are these? Pinning!

Ashley S said...

How fun and funky!

Dawn said...

How cute are these!!

Gina said...

These are so cute!!!! My daughters would love to make these!!!

Sharon Martin Beck Valley Books said...

I love these they are so much fun!!

A Goddess of Frugality said...

Looks like a fun project:)

Mama Luvs Books said...

Very crafty!!! I am SOOO not crafty. Thanks for the ideas.

SavingsIsFree.com said...

Oh!! That's great! Thanks for the step by step!

Sheri Carpenter said...

These are so cool - I am going to have my daughter look at these. She is just starting out in Jewelry making so I think this will help her with ideas and such.

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I've always wondered how to make the fun layered dangle look with chains on earrings! Great Tutorial! Thank you!
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Real Life Deals said...

Love them! What a fun hobby creation!

Cathy Davis said...

Cute!

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