Before I get started on the earrings, I'm going to give you a little history about my sister Sandra and hope she doesn't get mad or that I bore you to death.
I am the youngest of seven sisters and brothers. There were two half sisters, three brothers, my sister, Sandra and me. Now, it's just me and Sandra and a half sister, Margie, who is nearly twenty years older than I am. I really didn't know Margie (she didn't get along with my mother) until well into my adulthood, so naturally we are not close. Sandra lives in California. Unfortunately, the only times I have gotten to see her is when a family member dies and she comes to the east coast for the funeral. But I have had a chance to visit her a few times since she moved to the west coast.
Years ago, Sandra had just started teaching when she took time off to go to her sorority's convention that was being held in Los Angeles, California. There, she met and married a guy (I can't recall his name) all in a weeks time. She called home and asked me to tell my parents what she had done. Needless to say, Sandra continued living in California far away from any family members. Early on, she taught in elementary schools, but when her second marriage began to fail, Sandra earned her master's degree and became a librarian for the city of Los Angeles. She is retired now, alone, and living near the Pacific Ocean. Although I've asked her to come home, she will probably never live on the east coast again.
|Sisters, Gail, Margie and Sandra|
Recently, Sandra emailed me a picture of a purple print jacket she had just gotten. No, purple is not her favorite color and I was quite surprised that she bought it. And of course I had some randomly shaped beads that went perfectly with the colors in her jacket.
To get started, I gathered:
- Two headpins - the longer, the more dramatic in appearance
- Purple Beads
- Two earring wires
- Two jump rings ( to join the head pins and earring wires)
- Round nose pliers
Next, bend the headpin to a 90 degree angle with the round nose pliers. The bend should be just slightly above the top of the last bead so that the earring dangles naturally.
Holding the end of the head pin, roll the pliers in a counter clockwise direction to create a small loop. Add an opened jump ring to connect both the small loop and ear wire and close it back up. Repeat to make the set.
There, you have a beautiful pair of earrings in no time flat.
I know my sister will like them!
These are the easiest earrings to make. And they really make a big impact! Their size and shape gives it a funky look to even the simplest outfit, and I know the earrings will make a cool statement with Sandra's purple print jacket. Can't wait to actually see her in them. Just send me a picture, Love!
Take a little time to enjoy