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Brush Strokes Earrings

About this design:

These earrings are part of a series of earrings I have put together called "Non-Identical Twins". In this series, I explore how to make earrings match or go together without having to be identical. The goal with this pair was to show that really simple can pack a great punch of color and visual interest. Each earring represents the way I feel it would look if a single brush stroke could paint (1) the twilight sky as the sun sets on the ocean and (2) the reflection of the sun setting on the ocean with the twilight sky above.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 36 total Czech Glass Faceted Rondelle 4x5mm - Summer Squash, Lilac, Turquoise Picasso
  • 2 3" headpins
  • 2 simple ear wires

Helpful Hints:

Hint 1:
The first earring I began with was with the "sky" (lilac) at the base. It is important when blending the colors from one theme (layer) to the next that you don't do so bluntly, but rather taper the color off along the headpin as you would in a brushstroke.
Hint 2:
With the second earring, I wanted to turn the idea upside down, so I paired up the colors to exchange places. For example, I had summer squash take the place of lilac. This gave the earrings balance.

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  1. g peak
    g peak says:

    These are my favorites! I love the name of your series, perfectly suited!

  2. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Very pretty. I like the unusual color combo. I can’t wear them so long for my face shape. I would probably make them half the length. Thank you for the design.

  3. Ali
    Ali says:

    I’m glad you like them. The same concept can definitely be employed in shorter earrings.

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    Brian M says:

    These are awesome. Love the whold concept. :)

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    J Bickel says:

    Can I get the beads here?? I love these.

  6. Sonali
    Sonali says:

    Love how these colors have come together in the design. Turquoise beads are missing from the Product List for purchase…

  7. Veronika M
    Veronika M says:

    AAAAAAAA))))))))))))))))))))))))), how lovely!

  8. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Mmm me likey!

  9. PercyGirl
    PercyGirl says:

    I love the colors & the earring design. Great job!

  10. Vivian
    Vivian says:

    …looks easy. How did you decide on the color placement? You must have a secret!

  11. kcwow87
    kcwow87 says:

    I love these! I have a pair of Betsey Johnson earrings made this way. You have really inspired me to make my own. It’s off to Lima Beads I go!!!

  12. Robin Alayne
    Robin Alayne says:

    Love these colors together. These beads are an amazing value

  13. S freels
    S freels says:

    you inspired me to make these ;] they are features on limabeads front page <3


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    doglover72 says:

    Someone else also asked. How DO you decide on color combinations for your jewelry, especially when using seed beads like in these earrings? Where do you start?

  15. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I love these earrings. I’d mix it up with some AB sparkle Czechs as well.

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    glammaclaudia says:

    Beautiful! I love purple and turquoise together in anything! And I can picture the water and the sunset in your design.You captured it beautifully!

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    Julie Reimann says:

    Always lovely beads, all the at the great

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    Gloriaj M says:

    When will have the beads for , Brushstroke earrings, back in stock. I want to make some for Christmas presents.
    G Moore

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    Jilliana D says:

    These are great earrings, they will mix and match with so many outfits. What a versatile present!

  20. dickenscarol
    dickenscarol says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these simple but fun earrings! Can’t wait to make them!!
    Thanks for all of these fun how to’s! I LOVE Lima Beads! I’m a new customer for life!

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