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girls just wanna have fun


About this design:

This was another case of finally finding something to do with stones I'd had in my collection forever. When I first received these freshwater pearls, I was disappointed because I was expecting gold and they were so orange!

We shot these upside down and right side up to show some of the detail in the wire wrapping: I had fun making little spiral caps for each of the pearls. Actually, I did it once by accident when trying to make a traditional wrapped loop but decided I liked the way it looked. :-)

The brown faceted stones were two orphans I bought from the clearance table at my local bead store--I think they are tiger's eye but could be mistaken.

Wow--that was a lot to say about one little pair of earrings!

Components:

Mango colored freshwater pearls, faceted tiger's eye (?).



Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Oh I love these and such fun they should be!

  2. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Looks like Tiger Eye to me to Doc. Really creative. Liking these alot.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    these are so cute! another one of your designs into my favs.

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    Lee D says:

    Wow! These are gorgeous! And I love the “extra” wrapping on the pearls.

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Very fun design! Great color combo too.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Very fun design nice way to use up bead I do it all the time escally for earrings

  7. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    Love these earrings!!!

  8. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    These are luxurious and luscious. The pearls look golden to me, and I love the Tiger Eye. It looks like Red Tiger Eye, which I love, and the faceting adds another level of interest. Lovely. Into my faves!

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    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    LOVE!!
    Great job on the wire wrapping…
    I am left handed and all my wire wrapping is accidental LOL! :) I can never get it right!

  10. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Ooooh, I love earrings! These are wonderful! I also have a bit of difficuly w/ wrapping, you have done a fab job!

  11. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    So nice! Round pearls and facetted stone and those colours :)
    So good design.

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    These are really pretty, I love the cluster of pearls on top, and the extra wrapping you gave them! The faceted beads look like red tiger eye to me too, they’re beautiful! Did you attach the pearls to chain? I can never get clusters to come out this full looking.

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Very, very cool!!!

  14. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    No chain involved, I just made a large loop on the top of the tiger bead and attached about six wrapped pearls to it. I think it looks full because they are all crowded in and lying on top of one another. :)

  15. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Fav!! I love this design!!! :D The way you wrapped the pearls and then clustered them together makes this very visually interesting. It is something I would stop and look twice just to see better. ;)

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Nice, thank you for sharing! I always run out of room in my loops, or they are TOO big & they show. Yours are perfect, thanks for sharing how you did it! :)

  17. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    So pretty and rich looking!! A Fave!! :-D

  18. Vanessa T
    Vanessa T says:

    love,love,love these!!!!

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