Sunshine Spiral Earrings

I wanted to make a pair of earrings that complemented the braided pendant that I made a few months ago. However, I wanted to use a different color and avoid gluing the sides together. So, I settled on making orange spiral earrings by sewing the sides of the flattened braid together.

sunshine spiral earrings

 

The spiral earrings are lightweight and fun to wear.  They are a bright, sunny accent to a summer outfit.

I made two braids, then sewed and wrapped each braid around one of its ends to make the spirals. Once I made the spirals, I just attached jump rings and earring wires to make the earrings.

The spiral earrings will take a few hours to make. The most tedious part of the project is the sewing. It’s important to use a tapestry needle that is sharp enough to fit underneath the strands of the braids without tearing them. Also, you should make certain that there are no gaps between the sides of the braid as you sew the spirals.

Despite the amount of time it takes to make these earrings, the cost to make them is very low. You just need to have a few strands of yarn, a pair of jump rings, and a pair of earring wires. Feel free to use any type of worsted weight cotton yarn that you like.

If you like braided jewelry projects, then this is for you.

Let’s begin.

Sunshine Spiral Earrings

Materials

some of the materials for the sunshine spiral earrings

7 14″ strands (36cm) of Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn in Hot Orange

scissors

tapestry needle

2 7mm jump rings (not shown)

2 earring wires (not shown)

Dimensions (approximate): 1” diameter (2.5cm)

Instructions

Make the braids

Tie 3 strands of yarn together at one end, leaving a 1” (2.5cm) tail.

Separate the strands, then begin braiding the strands making certain that you keep the tension even.

Continue until the braid is approximately 8” (20cm). Make another knot.

Cut the excess yarn from one end of the braid. Flatten the braid, then place it aside.

Repeat with the other 3 strands of yarn, then place that braid aside.

Make the spirals

Take the remaining 14″ strand of yarn and divide the plies in half so that you have two sets of 2-ply thread. Thread the tapestry needle with one of the sets of 2-ply thread.

Press the knot against the side of the braid. Begin to sew by connecting the side of the knot with the side of the braid. Insert the needle through a couple of strands of the braids. Pull the thread through these strands.begin sewing sunshine spiral earrings

Make a whip stitch by bringing the thread over the side of the braid, then down through the knot. Wrap the braided cord around the center. Make another whip stitch.

circle that is the center of the spiral for the sunshine spiral earrings

Continue in this pattern until you reach the end of the cord. Sew the knot against the side of the spiral. Trim the excess thread and the tassel. Repeat with the other braid.

Soak the spirals in a capful of white vinegar diluted in a bowl of water for approx. 10 min. Rinse the spirals, then allow to air dry.

When the spirals are completely dry, lay them on a table horizontally.

Turn the spirals into earrings

Open a jump ring then attach it through the knot of one of the spirals. Attach one of the earring wires to the jump ring. Close the jump ring. Repeat with the other spiral.

Enjoy your new spiral earrings.

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Orbit Necklace

I was inspired by all the talk about the solar eclipse and other things planetary, so I decided to make an orbit necklace.

 

orbit necklace hanging on wall

The orbit necklace is a quirky piece of jewelry. You can wear it alone or layer it with other delicate necklaces that you own. It’s not fussy, so it works well with any casual attire.

I used an old stone bead (I have no idea what kind) that I had lying around my bead stash. I strung it on an eye pin, attached a jump ring for the “ring” around the bead (the “planet”) and attached chain to complete the necklace.

You can use any round bead that you have, just make certain that the jump ring for the “ring” is at least 2mm wider than the bead. Also, once you string the eye pin through the bead, make certain that the remaining tip is long enough to make a loop.

If you’re ready to make an orbit necklace, then let’s begin.

Orbit Necklace

Materials:

materials for the orbit necklace

1 round bead
1 jump ring that is at least 2mm wider than the size of the round bead (I used a 14mm gold-plated jump ring)
1 gold-plated 1.25” eye pin
2 12” pieces of gold-plated flat curb chain
4 gold-plated 4mm jump rings
1 gold-plated spring clasp
1 pair flat nose pliers
1 pair bent nose pliers
1 pair round nose pliers

Dimensions: 15mm (.59”) wide; 26” long, 11-12” drop from neckline

Instructions:

Make the pendant

Slide the eye pin through the hole of the bead.

eye pin in bead for orbit necklace

Bend tip of eye pin at a 45° angle with the round nose pliers.

bend tip of eye pin on bead for orbit necklace

Make a loop in the opposite direction of the bent angle. Close the loop by tucking the end as close to the base of the loop as possible with the bent nose pliers.

bead with loops on either side for the orbit necklace

Open, then slide the 14mm jump ring through one loop of the eye pin. Bring it around the bead through the opposite loop of the eye pin. Close the jump ring.

Finish the necklace

Open 2 of the 4mm jump rings. Attach one jump ring per chain piece, then attach the chain pieces to the bead. Close the jump rings.

 

close up of orbit necklace hanging on a wall

Open the remaining 4mm jump rings. Attach one jump ring to one of the jump rings and the other jump ring to a spring clasp before attaching to the other jump ring. Close the jump rings.

You’re done! You should have an orbit necklace that looks like this:

orbit necklace on display

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