And while I really don't believe that there is anything "truly new" under the sun - I think you might find this technique to be fresh, extremely versatile, easy, quick, and very gratifying. I certainly don't seem to be able to stop making earrings with it!
In a nutshell, this calls for
- some very fine wire, like a 28 gauge,
- a drop bead, (briolette, pear drop, whatever, something with an off centre hole, designed to hang) and
- some accompanying beads (can be drops or not) and
- the earring finding of your choice
(For these earrings, I am using drops from our Cubic Zirconia collection.)
Start with about 10 inches of wire - finer gauges are best - I did all of these with 28 gauge wire.
Thread your drop bead onto the wire, slide it to the centre, fold the wire in half, and twist the wire for a couple of rotations. Actually - it's easier to hold the wire and rotate the bead, but the end result is that the wire twists.
Separate the wires and thread your selected beads on the two wires. The two sides don't have to match, but it helps if they are more or less the same length ...
All of these are made with the same basic technique.
Advanced stuff - You can vary it up to change the look!
One Swarovski drop, plus bicones. No twist at the drop.
The Ruby Fuchsia Cubic Zirconias.
Stock up on fine gauge wire and drop beads, oh, and lots of earring findings! Have fun!