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Floating Lanterns

About this design:

I often see earrings as an after thought when designing a necklace, and tend not to make many...I found these paper beads at the bead shop and wanted to do something different with them. I dug the branch links from my stash, the earrings are the result. Next I want to make a matching necklace.


African paper beads, bead caps, millifiori glass beads, FW pearls, copper branch links, head pins, eye pins, copper earwires.

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  1. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Such a unique design. The branches work well with the beads Who wouldve thunk? Great job

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Designing in reverse order I see. These earrings are great. I love that you hung them from the branch link instead of just the earring wire. I’m like you as far as earrings go because no one can see them on me…too much hair.

  3. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    These just glow! I would buy them in a heartbeat necklace or not. They are beautiful and unique!

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    GORGEOUS!!! Now I’m going to play Deb and comment on your marvelous stash. :) Love how you showcased the paper beads with all the other funky components!!!

  5. Laud
    Laud says:

    I make earrings when I have leftover beads, so I know what you mean about afterthoughts. Earrings can be too heavy, but the paper gives size without weight, and the branches take the whole design away from predictable. All good!

  6. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    Love these! One of these days, I’m going to try my hand at making some paper beads. I bought one of those little tools that helps you to wrap it.

  7. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    WOW…I LOVE THESE! Gorgeous paper beads and you put the right materials together.

  8. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thank you all so much!

    I’m going to keep these for now, until I get some more branch links.

    Becky, my stash is a bit overgrown at the moment. Problem is, I have an idea, & never have the ONE thing that’ll make it pop. So I go to the bead store for one item, and end up with ten more! I need an intervention.

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    LOL!!!!! so do I! and I do the same thing. :) !!!

  10. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Yup, I know that one thing deal……
    then come home with a bagful. he he

  11. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow,E.M! How unique are these? I would never have thought to add the pearls,but they look great!
    Beautiful photography as well. :)

  12. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Susie, I LOVE these earrings! I have some of the branch links, but haven’t gotten around to using them. Love how the bead caps look on the cone shape.

  13. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Great to change up the way we do things sometimes, don’t you think? Anyway, these earring are great and I love the branch components. Can’t wait to see the necklace!

  14. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks Nancy, Jolene, and Lynda! I added the pearls to bring out the teal in the paper beads, and I squashed the bead caps to make them fit the paper rondelles.

    Photography editing is at Check it out!

    Gotta get more branch links!

  15. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    These are show stoppers for sure! Great use of the branch link. In my world, sometimes the necklace e comes first, sometimes the earrings. It all started out with some earrings…

  16. Asia
    Asia says:

    Susie, love this, made similar once, but yours are so much more interesting with the branches :D

  17. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Those are so neat, I cant wait to see the necklace.

  18. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Susie, these are awesome!!! Ditto to everyone else… I can’t wait to see the necklace! ;) Better get to it!

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    JustImagine - Val says:

    So vibrant! Love the branch links…do you remember where you got them? I’m also a little jealous…looks like you have a warm sunny day in there….interested in any snow? I would be willing to share about a foot or so. ;)

  20. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks Julie and Val! I got the branch links right here at LB.
    I grew up in Michigan, so I love the snow, and miss it plenty when it is so hot here. Today was in the 70s. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 80s. Perfect for the little farmer’s market I’ll be at. Wish me luck!

  21. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh Susie… Good luck and sell lots…
    I am committed to a couple things tomorrow. Please let me know when your next show is scheduled. I’d love to drive over and meet you and see your stuff in person!!!

  22. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Ooo Julie! That would be fun! Next market for me is March 24th, I think. I’ll let you know!

  23. Frida
    Frida says:

    I love everything about this design, Susie! Those paperbeads have great colors = me want!!! Just wonderful and in to my fave designs it goes!

  24. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks, Frida!

  25. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I am so jealous you and Julie get to meet each other! :) Good luck at the market! Your pieces are fabulous!

  26. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    These are “wow”!!

  27. Linny May
    Linny May says:

    Slowy utters a … WOW!! soooo pretty , i LOVE THEM !!!… I love to make earrings but i never where them because my ears are so sensative i can’t find any earrings that dont irratate them and make the holes swell (drats) … but i love them they are sooo extreamly creative !!! … I LOVE paper beads , I make some there easy once you figure out how , I roll them around a cocktail straw , the thin ones , but i’ve only make 2 or 3 types i’m DYING to make big ones like this or the huge saucer size ones LB had for sale awile back , I bought them and ADORE them … anyone else here who buys things like that and sits stairing at them going HOW DID THEY MAKE THIS !!!! i do it with beads if there made out of any material other then glass… :) … but enough ofmy chit chat .. bravo on the wonderfully gourgous earings !!

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