Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Anthro-Inspired Earrings: Swooping Loops

I think I'm doing too many Anthro-inspired posts... and too many jewelry. I would love to get back into sewing projects (I actually have one in the works... and it has been in the works for 3 weeks already) or get on with my plan to redecorate our house, but right now, I simply don't have much time. It's a really busy time at work (and will be until May or early part of June, I think) and Andrea's been sick with alternating cold, cough and allergy for a few weeks already (which means I don't even get to sleep much). Making jewelry/accessories doesn't take up most of my time so I can usually squeeze those in... plus I have demanding customers: my mom and my sister. Haha!

Last Sunday night, I received an SMS message from my sister along the lines of: "Do you have purple earrings? I broke the one you gave me before. Can you make me purple earrings? You can send it to me tomorrow, thanks Ate! :)" (Ate is a term used to refer to 'older sister' or any older female).

She was really assuming I have something ready *sigh*...

Good thing I had something simple lined up on my to-do list. I saw these earrings from Anthropologie:
Swooping Loops Earrings, $48
 Here is mine:
Using tan cord and silver findings

These are very easy to make, 15 minutes max and most of that time was spent waiting for the glue to dry.

You will need:
  - 2 pieces of cord, each piece 6 inches long
  - earring posts
  - those silver cap things again to cap the end of the cord
  - glue

Step 1: Using your 6-inch cord, make a bow. You won't really need all 6-inches. I just find it easier to tie the bow if my cord is a little long.

Step 2: Adjust your bow to the size you feel comfortable with and cut off the excess cord.

Step 3: Put a little glue inside the silver caps and insert one end of the bow. Do the same for the other side.

Step 4: Glue the bow to the earring posts. Make sure the bow is securely attached to the posts... remember, you will be pulling these earrings off and if the bow is not attached properly, it might come off when you take the earrings off.

If you are using clear glue, dab a little in the middle of your bow too to keep it from getting undone.

Step 5: Wait for the glue to dry completely.

And you have your earrings :)

This is the one I made for my sister:
Using white cord, purple pearl drops, and silver findings
The earring posts I used have a loop (you can see them peeking from under the bows on the one I made for me) so I was able to attach a thin chain. Then I added a pearl bead at the bottom of the chain. And then I asked my husband to drop it off at my mom's house for my sister on his way to work. Order (no payment required though of course, haha) delivered!

Total cost of materials? Pro-rated (i.e. computing the cost only of the portion/pieces of the items actually used) I am estimating, around P10... which translates to around $0.25. 

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13 comments:

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

These are so adorable!!!! I want to give it a try. I love bows on jewelry

nicquee said...

Love it as usual! Can you also make some for us? :D

Janelle said...

Haha! Sure Nicquee! Eto suot ko ngayon. Nilagyan ko ng pearl kasi parang masyado pala plain pag ribbon lang :)

CAS said...

Totally adorable & limitless possibilities of what you could hang from the loop.
CAS

Divya N said...

very cute and very inspiring...I should really learn how to make dainty jewelry

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

beautiful. come link them up with us at our DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL LINKY PARTY
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-craft-tutorial-linky-party-31/

Kelly said...

Very Pretty!!!I'd love it if you would
link up over at the glitter party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-tues-thurs-link-party.html

Patti said...

Great knockoff...you should work for Anthro!!
Stop by Pandora's Box for a chance to win some vintage linen

Heather said...

so pretty!

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

So lovely!! Simple and elegant. I love them, excellent work.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

These are just beautiful!! I love the simplicity of them! Thanks so much for linking up!

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

I like yours better than the anthro ones lol :). Thanks for linking up!

Jaclyn said...

I would love for you to link this up at my Made it for Less Mondays http://simplycadence.blogspot.com

Those are so cute!