Sunday, July 17, 2016

InspirationFX: Pip Jangles



Pip Jangles 

by: Anne Marie Desaulniers

Get in touch with your inner hippie, with these light and lively "Boho" inspired earrings. You could even pair them with gauzy tops and well-worn blue jeans, for a retro-sixties look! This project uses more of the leftover Pips from my prior two projects ("Pip, Pip, Hooray" - Pendant & Earrings; "Pip The Magic Dragon" - Bracelet), Firepolish crystals, eyepins, Fireline and closed Jumprings. And I'm not even finished with the Pips yet! Talk about the bead that keeps on giving!

Directions:

These earrings contain two elements, that when connected, make the 7 dangles that hang from the loops in the 7-Loop Channel Ear Hoops. The stitched drop component is attached to an eyepin component; a wrapped loop is made at the top; which is then attached to the Ear Hoop via a jump ring.

1 - Drop Component:
-Cut a comfortable length of Fireline (I like to cut a generous wingspan's worth, to start)
-Thread needle and then take your needle/Fireline through the following combination of beads (note, we won't discuss colours, just the correct sequence for threading beads on the needle.
-Take your needle/Fireline though the following bead sequence:
2mmFP/4mmFP/4mmFP/2mmFP/Pip/2mmFP/4mmFP/4mmFP/2mmFP
-Take your needle/Fireline through the beads a second time to join the drop component
-Pull tight!
-Tie off with a surgeon's knot.
-Cut Fireline (either by using a Thread Burner, or cutting with scissors)
-You will need to make 7 drops per earring, for a total of 14 drops for the set.
-Follow the sequence shown in the photo below, for colour selection and placement for each of the drops.
-The colour sequence for the 2nd earring should follow the same pattern as the first. Of course, if you're a little bit daring, you could mix up the colours completely! It's your choice!

2 - Eyepin Component:
-Open up loop in eyepins (using your pliers - opening it up gently, and to the side).
-Link the open eyepins to the top of your drop component (where the knot is).
-Close the link (again, using your pliers - closing it gently, back to where you started in the first step - use the reverse of the movement you used to open it)
-Add the following sequence of items onto your eyepin:
2mmFP/3-4.5mm Closed Jumprings (Nickel)/4mmFP/2mmFP
-Make a small wrapped loop at the top of your eyepin (see "Tips & Tricks" on BeadFX website)
-You will need one eyepin component, for each drop component (7 for each earring, with a total of 14 for the pair).
-Attach each eyepin + drop component to the 7-Channel Ear Hoops with a 5mm jumpring.

Congratulations, your earrings are finished! Now go out and be Boho-fabulous!!!
















Components

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Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

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