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Tiny Totems

About this design:

Needed to do a major clean up of my workspace today, but got distracted by the little piles of seed beads and those silver plated ball head pins I used in the ear wire tutorial yesterday. Have so much fun stacking them up. I made one, then flipped it upside down to follow the pattern for the second one. Easy random designing! Now I need to go make a bucket full of those ear wires and finish these up.


Seed beads and other small beads. 21 g. silver plated ball head pins

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  1. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Love this idea! these are all so fun!
    I can relate to getting distracted, I have been cleaning my beading bar (literally a bar counter in my dining room) for weeks, and it looks exactly the same ;)

  2. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    What fun, colorful earrings these will be! Thanks for another great tip for random designing! You’ll never believe, I too have spent the whole day cleaning and organizing my beading desk/room. Sometimes I think it is my favorite thing to do! :)

  3. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    What a great idea. They’re all nice and colorful. Loving the green/pink.
    Can I just say you do a “WICKED NEAT” simple loop? El perfectamundo! :)

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love them, going to steal this idea, have so many small beads they will be fantastic for something like that :D

  5. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Very cleaver idea.

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I love this idea, especially when you turned them upside down and did the other one! I have to ditto Nancy on your simple loop, it is perfect! I can’t seem to get mine so close to the beads. Love!!!

  7. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Glad you like these, Wanda! May a share a couple of things that made a big difference for me with the wire loops?
    1. Always start your loop with a 90 degree bend in the wire.
    2. Grab the very end of the wire with your round nose pliers. You should not be able to feel any wire sticking out between the two plier ‘cones’ when you run your finger along the edge. This ensures that your loop will be round and not tear drop shaped.
    3. After getting the loop end as close as possible to the wire stem, I switch to my chain nose pliers and wiggle the wire end back and forth until I can feel it scrape the wire stem. A nice tight closed loop!
    Never tried to write this down before, but hope it makes some sense and helps. If not, that may be my next pictorial tutorial!

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Too cute!!!

  9. Heni
    Heni says:

    love this idea.

  10. SilverCords aka Judy
    SilverCords aka Judy says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips on the loop colures. Sometimes, I can get it round (purely by accident) and hate that tear drop shape–now I see how you did it. I’ll be trying that next go around! :)

  11. SilverCords aka Judy
    SilverCords aka Judy says:

    That should be loop closure–I think I’m out of the loop tonite! HA!

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    PamG says:

    Love these little dangles. Going to make some!

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