Ok, so I’m a really huge nerd here and I happen to adore the Harry Potter series and all that is in it. Earlier this month I made my version of Hermione’s beaded bag. I didn’t post a tutorial because I simply had no plan and was using up some scraps of fabric that I had lying around. And earlier this week, I made The Quibbler. Once again I didn’t post anything about it… Sorry…
Well anyways now I’m working on my very own pair of dirigible plum earrings. Exciting right? So After making the first one and deciding what needs fixing I am ready to show you how you can make yours. So let’s get started.
- Silver fish hook earring backs-found at most craft stores
- Silver beading wire-.3mm OR 32 gauge
- Small needle nose pliers OR jeweler’s pliers
- Dikes-to cut the wire (sorry I forgot to include them in the pictures)
- Glass seed beads in red, clear or white, and two shades of green
- Measure a length of wire about 2-3 feet. You may not need that much but it may make it easier to work with.
- Begin to string the beads! First I put one clear bead into the center of my wire. Then I add another clear bead and loop the other end of the wire through this second bead. This whole beading process will resemble that of a bead pet. If you get confused on how this process works check out this video by CraftProjectIdeas. I realize that the video shows how to make a turtle but the weaving concept is the same. I had a bit of trouble keeping my piece from bubbling up and bending in different directions, just keep working past that and try to bend it to the best shape when you’re done.
- To continue beading use this template from Craftser.
- Finishing off I simply tied a double knot, tightened it down, and then secured it using my pliers. To cut off any excess wire (I had roughly a foot on each side) I use my dikes and clip off the bits that stuck out.
- Use this same process for the leaves, this time, use an 8″ wire. I had enough left from the bits I cut off of the plum and just used those pieces.
- Repeat the entire procedure for your second earring.
- Now that you have two plums and four leaves you can attach them to your fish hook earrings. Begin by opening the loop at the bottom of the earring. Slip on your first leaf, then you plum, and lastly your second leaf. Secure the loop on earring to make sure the beaded pieces don’t fall off. Do this for both earrings.
- Now you can arrange the leaves to your liking.
Have fun making your own and experiment using different methods or materials! And here’re special thanks to CraftProjectIdeas and Craftser for providing helpful tools for making these adorable dirigible plum earrings. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!