I love stalking stores online for bead findings for jewelry making. I rarely check measurements, so most of the time I end up with findings that are too big or too small for my intended project. A few months ago I was looking for elongated beads in a teardrop shape and found some - but since I did not check the measurements yet again, I ended up with ones bigger than what I would like. They sat in my bead container for a while, until I made these elongated earrings. See how!
- Teardrop beads
- Spike studs
- Aviation snips
- Rotary tool
- Spray paint
- Earring hooks
- E6000 glue
- Jewerly pliers
These were the beads in question. They weren't that bad - they had a finish that changed color and they weren't entirely black. They were big, though.
If you have normal spike studs (without the neck that you see on the above photo) you will be able to skip a few steps and go directly to assembling your earrings. If not, take some aviation snips and cut the neck of your spikes like pictured above.
Using a rotary tool, sand down the neck until it's completely flat with the spike as shown above.
With a rotary tool, it only takes a few seconds to sand it down. Paint the white parts with a coat or two of gold spray paint to make it look finished.
Cut some wire, loop one end and slide your bead in. Cut the excess wire, loop it and flatten it against the bead bottom (like the bead on the right side of the photo above).
Here's a better picture of how it should look like. Next, attach your spikes on the bottom of your beads using some E6000 glue.
You may want to support them with tape while they dry to ensure they stay the way you want them to be. Attach your earring hooks after they dry and voila! Easy statement drop earrings.
No elongated beads? It's also easy to make these with some pearls - and I guarantee you they'll look just as great!
Are you still into spiked and studded jewelry? Let me know in the comments! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial - it was so fun assembling these. Have a great day everyone!