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Treasured Tiger Earrings-How To Use Chip Beads In Jewelry Design

Treasured Tiger Earrings-How To Use Chip Beads In Jewelry Design

Several of you have asked me for ideas
for using chip beads in your jewelry designs. It’s understandable because we
love their funky irregularity and yet that very thing is what makes them
difficult to design with. Today I have for you a pair of earrings that plays up
the chip’s irregularity, it makes them a strength rather than a weakness. Hey there creative people, Sandy here. Welcome to another jewelry making video
at So we all love chips, I think, if you like things that
are a little bit just, yeah, different, there’s just something beautiful in the
rough irregularity. Here I have a whole bunch probably more than I would use in
two lifetimes of tiger eye chips. I’ve always been a fan of tiger eye, even
though brown isn’t really a color I love, but they’re just beautiful with the
chatoyancy, I believe, I don’t know if I’m
pronouncing it correctly, but that shimmer that they have. So the problem
with chip beads is that some designs they just aren’t going to work in, for
example bead weaving, where a regular amount of spacing in between each of the
elements is crucial to getting the pattern that you want these aren’t going
to work there. So we need to find a different way to design with them and I
love these kinds of designs that I made in these earrings where this actually
shows off the irregularities and it’s not a problem. To make these earrings of
course I have a bunch of chip beads. I have some three millimeter Czech fire
polish beads in Matte Victorian bronze, I got these from the dollar bead box but you
can use any smallish beads, little one and a half two millimeter round beads
would be cute. I just happen to have these and it’s nice to have a little
something different just to offset your chips. At the top here I have three by
five millimeter Czech glass cut rondelles in Jasper which i think is
really pretty and it’s got the browns in there but it’s more of a white so it
goes really nicely. I have one larger bead it’s a six mm Czech glass Cathedral cut. You can see that on the end it’s got this
interesting really fancy cut, topaz and white opal. All these colors go really
nicely together. Our design starts with just a bit of bead stringing wire. I’m
taking this opportunity to use up some 7 strand, I don’t really I like to
use it, especially in necklaces or bracelets that I want to be drapey but
it doesn’t matter so much in this design and it’s a fairly light wire 0.3
millimeter it doesn’t need to be heavy unless you’re using big heavy chips. I
mean these are all glass and stone so it adds up but this is still pretty light
so the lighter bead stringing wire will be fine. Depending on the size of the chips you have you may vary the number that you
have on your strand and also how big you want your loop to be. All I did to begin
was string an alternating pattern of the chips and the fire polish beads. Now
some of these chips are prettier than others, some really have a pretty shine
and some are kind of dull looking so I pulled out the prettiest ones, of course,
to showcase. By the way if you love chips but are stumped for ideas for using them
and need more my August 2018 patron video is seven ways to use chip beads in
your jewelry designs. Some of these are kind of huge like that would be a little
crazy but you could do that, it’s up to you. I’m kind of sticking with the medium
to smallish ones, just trying not to edit or overthink too much how many I’m
putting on. So what do I have? Three, six, I have nine chips just alternating with
any kind of little spacer. What’s helpful about using a spacer like this
is sometimes these chip beads tend to kind of veer off at strange angles,
having a little bit of space in between them just makes it so they don’t bump
into each other at odd angles and it also shows them off, it
sort of sets them off and frames them. Let’s see, I’ve got seven so two more. So if you
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they just get more. My patrons get up to two bonus tutorials every month. All
right I think that one… I need to not edit… I don’t know, I think that’s… I’m
gonna go with something not quite so big there. So, yes, they’re kind of
random but there’s a little bit of order to it. They’re not too tiny I just I
think the one on the other side is a little big. Oh, that’s fine I’m gonna leave
it alone and stop overthinking it. But yeah, you can go to and learn how to get bonus videos every month. I’ve added my nine chips. Isn’t that pretty? I like that. Interestingly, it looks like I really did use, all right, yeah, those last two ones are really too big. If they were all that big it would have been fine, but those ones are just out of whack with all the rest and with the
other earring. It’s funny, on some of my videos some of you will comment that you
would have done it this way or that way. I do a little bit of testing for every
video I make but I don’t do extensive testing I simply don’t have the time to
do extensive testing for every video that I make. So often after a video is
done I will revisit a piece of jewelry. I usually wear it. My friends will all
see it on Instagram and then they’ll see me wearing it
because I want to wear test it. I want to see if I like it as much as I thought I
would and just how it works out, maybe discover problems with it which, I
suppose would be good before making a video and if I do paid classes then
definitely I do a lot more testing but I just don’t have time for the YouTube
videos to do that. But there are many times where somebody will say, Oh, I would
have done it this way or that,” and it turned out that, yeah, I actually did go
back and change it, that happens quite a lot. All right so there’s that
and now I’m going to add the three by five millimeter round rondelles, so we’ll add one on each
side and then a Czech fire polish. So don’t ever be afraid when you’re
working on your jewelry and you finish something and you just don’t like it, if you’re just not happy with it take it apart. I’ve reworked things many times, and sometimes there are some projects
that no longer exist because I just took the entire thing apart. I just didn’t
like it and took the whole thing apart redid it all. So that happens. Okay I think
I’m gonna do let’s see another pair of the rondelles and fire polish and then
we will bring these strands down from two to one in the design, one that goes
up to the ear wire. Really now all it is is a little bit of decoration at the top,
it’s just a rondelle and then one of those six millimeter cathedral cut and
a rondelle, put over both wires. Depending on the size of beads that you have you
may need to change this up, you may need to have more beads here just to get a
nice balanced look, and just a really nice teardrop, kind of graceful
transition here is what I’m looking for. For example, if these
were, depending on the difference in these sizes, you might need to add
another smaller bead in between just to get that taper to look good. The gap here
isn’t so huge that it’s a problem and don’t worry about a little tiny bit of
the wires showing, nobody’s gonna focus on that unless you’ve got half an inch
of wire sticking out, well that’s not good, but a little bit of the wire showing
where it bends to go into the bead is fine, nobody won’t even really
notice unless you had screaming purple beading wire, I don’t know. So there, we’re
nearly done. Now it’s just the finishing. What you’ll want here is a crimp cover
that can cover two crimps, so use small crimps and a larger crimp cover or if
you only have smaller ones then maybe, I think this is a four millimeter crimp
cover so perhaps if I had two millimeter crimp covers I could use one over each
crimp because we’re going to use two crimps to put this together here. My four
millimeter cover covers both crimps. Here you can see you’re gonna slide a crimp over
both wires. Okay, now don’t push this too snug, so many
folks will do that trying to make these gaps in the wire disappear, but look
look how different it looks. You can see it just I’m sure you can even see it on
camera this is all stiff and it just doesn’t look nice and I don’t know that
I’m happy with that bead I think I’m gonna have to redo that, but this is just
nice and soft and drapey. Yeah, I’m not happy with that one, I’m gonna redo that. That’s better, okay. I suppose that is
another drawback of the irregularity of the chips is that it can be a little too
crazy but the good news is that all you have to do is pick through your pile and
you’ll be able to find something that will work, I’ve got my One-Step Crimper
here. I’m just gonna pop that in that little spot. If you want to learn more
about this tool I’ve done a whole YouTube video on it. I’m pulling it snug
and then I’m loosing it. Can you see the difference? It’s amazing to me
just how much nicer the quality of the earring looks when you just loosen that
wire a little. Okay, I love the One-Step Crimper. Give that a good tug
and test because you don’t want your earring coming apart, make sure that’s
good, go ahead and trim the shorter one. Might as well trim the shorter one. It
doesn’t really matter if they’re both long enough. Oh did I say at the
beginning I cut about an 8 inch piece of wire, by the way? Okay, almost done here. We
just have to go through another crimp, through a wire protector, this little
horseshoe shaped thing. You could skip the wire protector if you don’t have them
but your earring is going to be stronger and look more finished once you have it
you can see it up here. If you just have a loop of wire that would work
functionally but it wouldn’t be as strong. What this protector does,
sometimes it’s called a wire guardian, it just keeps your wire from rubbing, so
it’s a solid piece of metal that is between the flexible wire and the part
that it kind of swings and dangles on so it just keeps it from rubbing which
means you’re it’s much less likely to get worn through and broke and break. Okay,
and then it goes back through the crimp. Well depending on what you’re gonna use
for a crimp cover, if you’re gonna use two smaller ones you might want to leave a
little space. I’m using one big one so I want them really close together so that
my big crimp cover will cover them both. Give that a pull, it’s strong and in
there, and then trim that wire. And the last
step, well no, the second to the last step ,the penultimate step is to add the crimp
cover, and notice I’m using crimping pliers. There
was a tool I saw, I think it was at Michael’s, it was a crimp cover closer
and I reviewed it on my channel. I’ll have a link to that, I didn’t really like
it. I thought it was just annoying to use and I prefer to just use my crimp covers, my crimping pliers to pick up and close crimp covers.
I should just take that tool off of my stand I don’t use it. And here is a lever
back earring finding which I talked about last week. I love these things
because it’s just, boink, it’s done, you don’t have to fiddle with the
little stopper on your fishhook ear wires, and it’s secure and it’s easy.
I sort of love them these days. Now because that wire protector is kind of
big we need to open that pretty wide, there we go. And there you have it,
chip bead earrings that really play up the interesting irregular shapes of the
chips. So if you want more ideas for using chip beads in your jewelry be sure
to check out my Patreon video. If you sign up for Patreon today you’ll be able
to access over two do zen bonus tutorials actually, on Patreon. Just something to
think about if that is interesting to you. Thank you so much for watching, let
me know if you make a project like this I’d love to see your results. Happy
creating, bye bye.

12 thoughts on “Treasured Tiger Earrings-How To Use Chip Beads In Jewelry Design”

  1. I love chip beads, I have some in just about every color. I like them on memory wire bracelets, hoops like u made , and long dangles and necklaces. Tfs

  2. Hi Sandy,, very beautiful, I have small opalite chips that would look nice for earrings like that not used them yet, but will when I find some beads to go with them from my starch.have a great week ,๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ‘

  3. Love the earring design , hope to try something similar soon, was wondering why 2 crimps , for security or design purposes ? Thank you so much Sandy, you are one of my top favorite designers !๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™Œโ˜ฎ๏ธ

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