Bead Doctor Tutorial – Autumn Earrings

The Bead Doctor’s tutorial is a joy to the ears! Learn how to make her Autumn Earrings in 4 easy steps

Greetings from the Bead Doctor

Bead Doctor Tutorial - Autumn Earrings

I can’t leave those leaves alone1

I was asked to make a quickie project for Beads and Beyond magazine for their top twenty section. As you have probably guessed by now, I have the Autumn bug bad and I just can’t leave those leaves alone (sorry)! I was so excited to get this tutorial up on Bead Barmy I didn’t even have time to get the step by step pics done. However, I think you will all find it pretty easy, it’s all just bending and trimming!

I have added all my Autumn themed tutorials to the blog this week to kick start the new season and you could win all the materials needed for any one of them!

Giving it away

With the nights drawing in there will be a lot less basking on the patio and a lot more beading by the fire. To warm your Autumn evenings we are giving away, not one, but four kits this week! To be in with a chance of winning one of four kits here’s how: Choose the kit you would like to win from our Autumn range (Autumn EarringsLeaf NecklaceGlamorous Gold or Autumn glow) on Bead Barmy. Tell us why like it in the comments box on the page. Please let us know by Sunday 7th October 2012 for a chance to win. The winners will then be notified by email and asked for their postal address. Good luck everyone!

Here’s how to make

Bead Doctor Tutorial - Autumn Earrings

Close up detail

1. Thread a 6mm fireopal bicone onto an eyepin. Trim the eyepin 1cm above the bead, bend into a loop (make sure it faces in the same direction as the eye) and add the long ballwire. Close the loop and set aside.

2. Add a fireopal bicone to a headpin. Trim the headpin 1cm above the bead, bend into a loop and close. Repeat for two more fireopal and two olivine bicones.

3. Open a 5mm jump ring, thread on the beaded headpins starting with a fireopal then an olivine, a fireopal, an olivine and a final fireopal. Close the jump ring.

4. Open another 5mm jump ring, add the leaf, the jump ring with the beaded headpins and join to the bottom of the eyepin, close the jump ring. Repeat to make a pair.


To add all the materials needed for this project, simply click the button below to add it to your basket. Or, if you are just short of one or two bits, click on the individual items.*

You will also need a set of craft multi pliers

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  1. Sheila Franklin says:

    These are really pretty. Love copper and how well it goes with autumn colours.

  2. They are really versatile; they can be dressed up and dressed down. Plus I love the antique gold/brass colour as it looks really pretty but also a bit edgy. I love edgy designs.

  3. Julie Atkin says:

    Love these leaves! I’ve been noticing leaf-themed jewellery in some of the shops recently and would love to have a go at some myself – these look very effective but simple enough for a relative beginner to make.

  4. The colours of the earring are aglow with the warmth of fire, They remind me of the truly beautiful autumn colours that are the trees are beginning to turn. They look easy enough for even me to make.

  5. Jane Marley says:

    I love these earrings, I dont think you could mistake them for any other season than autumn with those rusty leaf colours in the crystals, and the focal leaf bringing out the colours of the crystals so beautifully. I like all four designs but this one celebrates autumn the best.

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