Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ten Minute Lantern Earrings - Easy Free Beading Tutorial








I wanted to write a tutorial to make something very simple and very quick. I also wrote this tutorial to show you one of the ways you can use accent lampwork beads from my bead inspiration kits, available in my Etsy shop at Peachy Lane. These beads are made from the finest quality Italian Moretti and Vetrofond glass. If you are unfamiliar with these glass manufacturers, in short, they are both produced by the Moretti family who are considered one of the best, if not the greatest, glass-making family in the world. Their glass is sought after by many renowned glass artists, and works made from their glass, features in many of the world's finest galleries and museums. The glass is considered a soft glass and  the Moretti family have produced a vast range of glass types and opacities. It's important to know, that the mass-produced beads (mostly made in China) are not made from this same quality glass, and these beads lack the lustre and beauty of the Moretti family glass, that makes Tom's lampwork glass beads so special.


Most of Tom's amazing lampwork beads have sold, but I still have some of his never-before-seen work in my shop. I hope you get a chance to take a look. Tom has retired from lampworking to focus on his music career, so all the items in my shop are the very last of his work.


MATERIALS
6 Small Lampwork Beads
12 silver-plated (or sterling silver) balls
1 pair of sterling silver earring hooks
4 silver plated eyepins
2 siver plated head pins
Pliers
Round Nose Pliers


Method
Place one silver ball, one lampwork bead, and another silver ball on an eyepin. Trim excess eyepin with pliers, leaving enough length to curl. Curl using round nose pliers. Repeat four times.
Place one silver ball, one lampwork bead, and another silver ball on a head pin. Trim excess headpin with pliers, leaving enough length to curl. Curl using round nose pliers. Repeat two times.
Link two beaded eyepins, and one beaded headpin to form the hanging lantern. Ensure the headpin is at the bottom. Repeat for other pair.
Attach to sterling silver earring hooks.

That's it. Finished. 
 

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