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Whimsy Bird 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 birds in these earrings are captured in different moments within their day. One earring shows the bird dancing on the branch, while the other shows the bird sitting on her nest. Each earring dances on the ear with little surprises like the twirls of wire and sparkle of crystal, or the ribbon that turns into the branch.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 Kylie Parry Ceramic Copper Patina Birds
  • 2 Vintaj Naturall Brass Willow Branches
  • 27 Crystal Faceted Rondelles 4mm
  • 2' Rusty Bucket Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon
  • 1 Beach Stone Pebble
  • 3 3" head pins
  • 2 ear wires
  • 11 1" head pins
  • 2 Czech Glass Bellflowers
  • 3 Vintaj Natural Brass Etched Jump Ring 9.5mm
  • 13 Vintaj Natural Brass Jump Ring 4mm

Additional Images:

Helpful Hints:

Hint 1:
The ribbon can be made to look like a tattered branch by knotting it all the way down.
Hint 2:
I made a nest under the bird out of ribbon by "stitching" my headpin through the ribbon, zigzagging about 8mm apart. Then I put the bird on the headpin squishing the ribbon down into a nest.
Hint 3:
To balance the branch that the bird is sitting on, I made sure to have something weighting down each end. I used the bellflower to introduce some color and added sparkle with a few crystals hiding in and around the flower. On the opposing end, I created a twirling branch made from a headpin with crystal, stitched ribbon, and a few jump rings.
Hint 4:
To make the twirly headpins, string the beads you want onto a 3" headpin. Create your wire wrapping loop as you normally would, but instead of trimming off the remaining wire, coil it around your round pliers or a tiny straw or tiny stick. Voila, instant whimsy!
Hint 5:
It's important to use almost the same components in each earring. This keeps them from being too busy and will keep them well balanced.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I absolutely love these Ali!! All your components and special additions make these great “Earth girl” earrings! :-D

  2. 1flowerchild
    1flowerchild says:

    These are wonderful, Ali! I love the “nature” look of these earrings!

  3. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Beautiful earrings!

  4. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    These are great, and I love the asymmetry.

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    Fenya says:

    How cute are these?!!! Very talented artist!

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    these are so cute! really like how all the different elements came together!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Beautiful earrings!

  8. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I love your birdie “Non-identical Twins” earrings. They are wonderful, and you really pulled it off.

  9. Florecita Farm
    Florecita Farm says:

    These are adorable!

  10. thejoyfulgem
    thejoyfulgem says:

    I love these! (and asymmetrical designs). Good Job.

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    never enough beads says:

    I love these! Funky and Fun.

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    S Burns says:

    Very creativde. Not only did you make a pair that goes together but each stands on it’s own.
    No one could walk by these without making a comme nt

  13. Cindy K
    Cindy K says:

    Awesome earrings. Very creative.

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    S rowland says:

    very inventive! keep your imagination turned on!

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    Rozanne D says:

    These earrings are so unique and whimsical. They inspire me to be more creative!

  16. A ibarra
    A ibarra says:

    Ali you are so creative, a true artist!

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    K Koornneef says:

    What cool earings….so much like something I would do….meaning that they don’t have to be the some…I love different and earings that are not always identical. Thank you so much for the idea. You helped release the creative juices out of me!!!! So appreciate it!!!

  18. bette4art
    bette4art says:

    I have just joined Lima Beads (great name!!) and found your work. You are so inspiring and authentic. I work in many mediums and these earrings are kindered to what I do. You rock!

  19. Veronika M
    Veronika M says:

    Fantastic! You are the best! This is one of my favorite and I know now how long and hard to learn this skill. Thank you for this beauty!

  20. doggiedoodoo
    doggiedoodoo says:

    you have a beautiful imagination – I am so inspired by your jewelry – such a flair for the artistic – sooo important to stunning one of a kind jewelry -

  21. Francesca C
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    Sondra G says:

    Order some of the materials today… Can’t wait to make these sweet earrings.

  23. Empty Nest Chick
    Empty Nest Chick says:

    Ali, I love the freedom you allowed your imagination in designing these earrings! They’re wonderful!

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    Dianaeve says:

    Where can I find those adorable ceramic birds?

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