Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Stick Pins for Scrapbooking and More!

This week I made more of my beaded stick pins.  You can find them in my Etsy shop

There are tons of uses for stick pins.  Use them in scrapbooking and other craft projects.  Attach them to greeting and Christmas cards.  Use them as lapel or scarf pins or corsage pins.  Or just place them in a pretty pin cushion and use them as a decoration!

In case you missed my past post on how to make your own beaded stick pins and want to know how to make them, click here.

The only thing I did differently from the original tutorial is that I used pre-made metal wire pins instead of making my own out of wire.  This saved a huge amount of time - just needed to pick out my beads and glue them on!  I got my wire pins from - click here for the link to the specific listing.

Glass Heart Stick Pins

Jewel Tone Beaded Stick Pins

Cathedral Bead Stick Pins

Lampwork Heart Stick Pins

And of course, I had to go ahead and make some Christmas stick pins!

Christmas Themed Stick Pins

Set of Three Red and Green Multi-Color Stick Pins

Set of Three Holiday Red Stick Pins

Set of Three Holiday Green Stick Pins

Till next time!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pearl Wire Wrapped Post Earrings

A few weeks ago I wrote a tutorial on how to make wire wrapped pearl post earrings.  This type of design is also sometimes referred to as "caged bead" earrings.  This week I made several more of these pretty baubles to list in my EarringsFairy Etsy shop.  

In case you missed the tutorial, you can check it out here. For these earrings, I used different colors of Swarovski crystal 8mm pearls and 20 gauge wire.  I used several different kinds of wire - sterling silver, silver filled, 14K gold filled, rose gold filled, bronze and gunmetal.

White Pearl With Bronze Wire Wrapping

Cream Pearl With Silver Wire Wrapping

Black Pearl With Silver Wire Wrapping

Light Blue Pearl With Silver Wire Wrapping

Bordeaux Pearl With Gunmetal Wire Wrapping

Bright Gold Pearl With Silver Wire Wrapping

Lavender Pearl With Silver Wire Wrapping

Peach Pearl With 14K Gold Fill Wire Wrapping

Platinum Pearl with Silver Wire Wrapping

Rose Gold Pearl With Rose Gold Filled Wire Wrapping
These earrings are such fun to make!  As you can see I got carried away and made them in every color of pearl I had on hand.  My next project might be to make these with different color of crystals, so check back soon!  In the mean time, you can find these beauties at

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wine Cork Ornament Tutorial

My last blog post showed how to make a basic wine cork ornament.  This week I took one of these wine corks and embellished it.

Here is what the basic ornament looks like before decorating it:

In case you missed my last post, click here to read how to put the wire loops on each end of your cork.

Here is the cork after decorating it:

For this ornament I used two of these round silver open links (I got these from

You can use any component you like, but these worked well because they were a perfect size to fit on top of the wine cork and they have lots of little openings for attaching things.

In addition to the links, you will need some E-6000 glue, push pins, chain, and beads. The chain I used has links that open and close like jump rings.

I forgot to photograph wire which you will also need.  You will need this to place your beads onto and make wire-wrapped loops for attaching to your chain.  Alternatively, you can use headpins.

In order to attach the chain, I glued one of the round links to the top of the cork, then placed several push pins through some of the openings.  Then I attached several links of chain around the link.

I attached the second round link to the loop on the top of the cork with one of the open links from the chain - I used it like a jump ring - just open and close it with some needle nose pliers. Here is a close-up of the top of the ornament.

I then made several wire wrapped beaded loops and attached them to the bottom of the chains.

I finished the ornament by adding some beaded trim to the top round link for hanging the ornament - you could also use ribbon or twine.

Of course, there are lots of other ways to embellish these corks.  You might glue some pretty rhinestones or flat beads to the cork.  There are lots of possibilities.  I would love to see what you come up with.  Send me some pictures of your wine cork ornaments and I will share them here!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

DIY Wine Cork Ornaments

Okay, so it's still fall - not even Halloween yet.  But I'm still starting to think a bit about Christmas.  I've been wanting to make some unique Christmas holiday ornaments and decided to try making something using wine corks.

This post will show how to make the basic ornament with loops on each end for decorating and hanging ribbon, etc.  On my next post I will show some ideas I come up with on decorating and embellishing the cork.

Here are the supplies I started out with:

  • Heavy gauge wire - I used 16 gauge silver tone
  • Wine corks
  • Round nose pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

First use your wire cutters to cut two lengths of wire - each about 3/4 length of the wine cork.

Next you will need to make a simple round loop at one end of each wire.  I will show you how I made mine, but there are great tutorials that explain this step in detail.  I like the tutorial by which can be found here.

Here is how I did it - start by grasping the end of the wire with your round nose pliers:

Then use the round nose pliers to bend the end of the wire toward you.

Continue working the wire into sort of a shepherd's hook as such:

You will end up with something like this:

Now make the "neck" of the loop by the tip of your needle nose pliers through the loop, then bend it back away from the loop:

Here is what your finished wire with loop should look like:

Repeat the same process with your other piece of wire.  Now you have two pieces of wire with simple round loops:

So now you push the pointed end of your wire through one end of the cork:

I find it helpful to use my bent nose pliers to push the wire through the cork - it allows me to use more pressure without hurting my fingers:

Here is what your cork now looks like:

So now insert the second wire through the other end of the cork so that you have loops on both ends:

Now your cork is ready to decorate.  Use one end to attach ribbon or string for hanging your ornament.  On the other end you can put beaded dangles, ribbon, charms or whatever else you want - the possibilities are unlimited!

On my next post I will show you what I come up with to embellish my wine corks, so be sure to check back soon!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Jewelry and New Shop

Welcome to all my blogger friends - new and old!  I haven't posted in a while and am feeling the need to get back on my blog.

I've been quite busy with my second Etsy shop Eyeglass Chains Etc. where I'm selling - well what else - eyeglass chains, etc.!  I actually sell eyeglass necklaces, leashes, and ID-Badge lanyards there.  I have found there is really quite a niche in the market for these items.

This shop is doing so well, I decided to open a third niche shop The Earrings Fairy that specializes in - what else - earrings.  Over the years, my earrings have consistently been some of my best sellers in my first Etsy shop DJA Jewels.  So why not create a shop dedicated to earrings?

I thought today I would share a couple of my new items at The Earrings Fairy.

First, here are some modern nugget earrings.  For these I used some beautiful iridescent gold electroplated crystal quartz nuggets along with bronze jeweler's wire and antique gold chain - all suspended from a pair of my own handmade brass earring wires.

Gold Nugget Earrings

Matching Gold Crystal Necklace also available

Next, here is another new design - more in keeping with my past vintage style designs.  These Parasol Pearl Earrings are lavishly beaded with Swarovski crystal pearls.  I used ornate antique brass filigree bead caps to form the "parasol" for a pretty umbrella effect.  Right now I've only made these in Cream and Bordeaux but they could be made in just about any color.

Parasol Pearl Earrings

Parasol Pearl Earrings - Cream

Parasol Pearl Earrings - Bordeaux

I hope you will check out The Earrings Fairy.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

♡ Irene