Sunday, October 12, 2014

Video Tutorial - Nunzia's Easy Earrings


I went a little nuts on Saturday making sample earrings in 13 different colors. The U-verse repair guy was here most of the afternoon and I didn't want to work on anything that required a lot of concentration. These earrings are super quick and easy to make and I'd made the pattern many times before and was familiar with it. I timed myself making an earring and it took just over 10 minutes. For all of these samples, I made just the top motif from Nunzia Scalpore's free YouTube tutorial, which you can watch HERE. I love them all but I'm partial to the ones with the solid color rondelles.

I make a small change when I make them with 4mm rondelles. Near the beginning of the tutorial, when Nunzia adds six seed beads around each rondelle, I pick up seven instead. Six isn't quite enough to go all the way around the edge and leaves gaps in some spots. Because I use one extra bead for each arch, I go through the three center seed beads instead of just two in a later step.



  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Antique Silver-Nickel" (464A)
  • 4mm rondelles "Cristal Rainbow - #C32" (Beads One)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Antique Silver-Nickel" (464A)
  • 4mm rondelles "Lilac Matte AB - #C69 AB" (Beads One - not available online)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
  • 4mm rondelles "Opaque Emerald" (Chinavoski)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Yellow Olive Gold Luster" (307)
  • 4mm rondelles "Celery AB" (Chinavoski)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Matte Green AB - #C66 AB" (Beads One - not available online)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Amethyst AB" (Chinavoski)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Aqua Opaque - #C84" (Beads One - not available online)
These rondelles remind me of those "ice blue" mint hard candies.



  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Aqua Gold AB - #B26 AB" (Beads One)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Opaque Blue-Gray" (Chinavoski)
I thought these were opaque until I looked at them under a light. They're actually translucent with a sort of opal glow in the center.



  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Opaque Aqua" (Chinavoski)
I think that this one is my favorite. I hope I've got an outfit that will go with this color.

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Vitral Purple - #C47" (Beads One)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Montana Blue" (Chinavoski)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Mauve" (Chinavoski)
These rondelles are also translucent with an opal glow when held up to the light.
 

29 comments:

  1. You are amazing, Linda! Such wonderful eye candy. I must try to find some rondelles and make some earrings.

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    1. I didn't try to get artsy with these so it's all about the colors. These are so easy to make that you could make a pair to go with every outfit.

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    2. I just wanted to add that I think it took me longer to take the photos, edit them and type up this post than it did to actually make all of those earrings, LOL.

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    3. Where do i find the tutorial? I only see pictures on this page.

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    4. Anthonia, there's a link to the YouTube video tutorial in the first paragraph at the top of the page. Here is the link:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gED1k5vHVls

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  2. Wow Linda! I just love all of these. I am just in awe of your talent :) I have tried a couple of times to follow this tutorial. As you say it is not difficult but I can not seem to follow along. I have had success with tutorials that are not in English but with this one it fades to fuzzy and the red nails..."OH MY" I wish it was available in a written form as I would buy it. I have spent hours of late on Etsy etc trying to find new and interesting tutorials that do not require so many types of beads( can get expensive) and that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. I am not advanced but can tackle many types of projects. I am in a beading "comfort" zone that I need to break away from. Do you ever feel that way? I work full time and have a pretty long drive(45 minutes one way) to work and find myself wanting to bead to dissolve stress but never seem to have enough time! The internet has so many great bead sights and with Pinterest and Facebook.... One can get lost for hours! Thanks for all you do here! It helps so much...thanks also for letting vent...
    Linda

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    1. I'm not sure if I have a beading "comfort zone". I enjoy trying new stitches and patterns because I have nothing to lose by trying them since they can be taken apart if they don't work out. I do tend to stick with certain kinds of beads though and generally don't rush to try the latest shapes. At the moment, I have no interest in trying donuts, O's, triangles and that sort of thing. I have a few Rullas but haven't found a lot of use for them yet. I do love SuperDuos, because they're so versatile, and tend to stick with those as far as "specialty" beads go. I also like Tilas when I can find just the right patterns for them. CzechMates are pretty but not as easy to find uses for as Tilas. There are so many things I can make with just the basics and old stand-bys that I don't see much reason to try many of the new beads that come along.

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    2. I do have Nunzia's pattern typed up in tutorial format with step-by-step photos. I really wish that I could post it but that wouldn't be fair to Nunzia. I try to be very careful when it comes to copyright issues.

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    3. But...if there is a particular step in the tutorial that you are stuck on, I might be able to help you through it.

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  3. Thanks Linda for the reply :) I totally understand about copyright issues. I may let you know in the future next time I try this beautiful earring pattern when I have issues. I may try Deborah Robertie's "Hanna-Ami-Motif" and try to tweak it with rondelles. I did just purchase a couple of patterns from "MY beads For U" at Etsy. I am playing with superduos. You are exactly right about some of the new beads. It seems like there is a new one every week! I can not spend the money for them and tutorials. I do love superduos! You have helped with color combos especially with the seed beads..thanks ever so much.. time and money saved. and grateful for your wonderful photos that show the results. Takes some of the guesswork out of the equation when you can see how well a color bead looks with the seed bead color!
    Linda

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  4. Linda where do you buy the cinavoski 4mm rondelles? I have searched and not been able to find them these earrings ar so pretty and quick works for me. Thanks Ann

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    1. I buy the Chinavoski rondelles in a local shop but you can get nice Chinese rondelles from Beads One and they have free shipping. Here is the link to their rondelles:

      http://www.beadsone.com/categories/glass-beads/rondel.html

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  5. You could contact the lady with the video and offer your English pdf version to her, in exchange for your being able to offer it on your website-giving credit to both of you. You for the translation and text format, and her of course for her beautiful design. I would love to have it, as I dont speak Italian (?) and my monitor is old and shows very dark.

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    1. That's a great idea, Leigh, but I don't speak Italian either and I don't know if Nunzia speaks any English. I might try contacting her sometime though and see how it goes.

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  6. What beautiful earrings - love all the colors you've used! I just watched the video, and think I can follow along well enough. Most of my jewelry experience up to now is with head pins and beading wire with crimp beads. I've never beaded with needle and thread before. (I also sew and do needlework, so I can handle a needle and thread.) One important question, though, to get started that wasn't addressed in the video. How do you knot or secure the thread when you get that first center section on the thread? (And then, of course, how do you knot it at the end?) If you already have or know of a video/tutorial that shows this step, please let me know.

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    1. Here are a few links:

      http://blog.auntiesbeads.com/knot-beading-thread/

      http://fusionbeadsblog.com/2011/07/25/what-beading-needle-should-i-use/

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yddc8N5WOL4

      http://www.jewelrylessons.com/article/beadweaving-basics-stopping-and-starting

      Also, you might want to try one of Deborah Roberti's patterns. Her instructions are very clear and easy to understand. http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com

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    2. Wow! Thank you for the suggestions. I'll check them out.

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  7. I love these! What kind of beading thread do you use? I am just getting started with this type of jewelry making and am a little unsure. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Monica. You can use either Nymo D beading thread or 6lb FireLine to make the earrings. With the Nymo thread, it can get tricky to get through the tiny beads in some spots but you'll have no trouble with FireLine.

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  8. Beautiful work!!

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  9. Hello Linda, these are beautiful. I am planning to make a few of these earrings and sell it on my store and through friends to raise funds for MOAS ( Migrant Offshore Aid station ) keeping in mind the recent refugee crisis. Kindly let me know if I can do that? I believe these have designers copyright on them so want to check before I do it. Thanks for the lovely tutorials!

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  10. Hello Linda, These are beautiful and thanks for the easy to understand tutorial. I was thinking to make a few of these to raise funds ( through my store and word of mouth and friends ) for MOAS - Migrant Offshore Aid Station ( MOAS, a registered charity who has saved over 11,000 men women and children from unseaworthy vessels in the Mediterranean in the last 12 months). Please do let me know. Thanks and regards - Rachana

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    1. Hi Rachana. You would have to contact Nunzia and ask her about it. I think you can send her a message through her YouTube page. She also has a Facebook page HERE and a blog HERE

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  11. Hi Linda, could these earrings be made with bicones or other shapes besides rondelles?
    Thanks,
    Janet

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    1. Hi Janet. I don't think I've tried anything other than rondelles. The way that the pattern is made is such that the seed beads go neatly around the shape of the rondelles so I'm not sure if anything else would work. Of course it can't hurt to try other beads and see how it goes.

      The 4mm rondelles that I use actually measure 3x4mm. That means that any other beads you use would have to be a maximum of 3mm long. So, you could try 3mm bicones or 3mm druks. I have a feeling that you'd end up with a lot of gaps between the beads though because those 3mm beads won't be nearly as wide as the rondelles. I'm also thinking that if you're going to use real Swarovski bicones, you might have better luck with their 4mm ones. Their 3mm bicones are really closer to 2mm in size.

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    2. Thanks, Linda! I finally found some 4mm rondelles at Michael's so I'm going to try these earrings. I'm already stumped tho! After the first 4 rondelles and seed beads..when making the loop, do you tie the loop off? Also, in regards to previous post about copyrights, my attorney friend said if you wrote out your instructions of your interpretation then there are no laws broken...it would be the same as sharing a recipe you found online.

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    3. I'm glad that you found some rondelles, Janet. Yes, I do tie a knot when I make the initial loop of beads. I recommend using Fireline for those earrings because you'll need to go through those tiny beads quite a few times.

      I try to be very careful when it comes to adapting and copying beading patterns from photos and videos. It wouldn't be right to post a pattern that's copied from someone's video if it might take away from any income they would get from their video. It's one thing to do it for my own use and quite another thing to post them online for everyone to download. Even if it's technically legal, it might not be ethical.

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    4. Whew! After an hour plus, I finally made one of a pair! The second earring was easier and I finished it in 15 minutes! Not knowing Italian I missed verbal instructions that Nunzia apparently talks about but didn't realize it until I ended up with a part that was clearly not working.

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    5. Well done, Janet. That's great news.

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