Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wire wrapped earring project

Hi everyone!
Happy Sunday :)
Here are some great (and easy) earrings to put together in a snap... for those days when you realize that you don't have jewelry to wear with that great new outfit.

Six inches of 24 or 26 gauge wire, cut in half. (gauge of wire depends on how big the holes in your beads are)
four 6mm swarovski crystals bicones 
Two square wooden beads
Two silver leaf beads

chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
wire cutters

Step 1:
Take one of the three inch pieces of wire and make a loop on one end by twisting it around your round nose pliers until the shorter end almost touches the longer end

Step 2:
Slide one leaf bead onto the shorter end 

Step 3:
Wrap the shorter end around the longer end using your round nose pliers to hold the wire as above and your chain nose pliers to wrap the wire

Step 4:
String beads on the wire. In this case I placed the wooden bead in between two swarovski crystals, making sure to leave at least 1/2 an inch on the end.

Step 5:
When you have finished stringing the beads make a loop in the unfinished end with your round nose pliers.

Step 6:
When you have finished wrapping the loop until it meets the top bead, closely trim the end using your wire cutter. 

Step 7:
Attach the ear wire by slightly opening up the loop in the wire with your chain nose pliers. Slip the loop of the beaded earring onto the ear wire and close the ear wire loop. Repeat with the
 other earring and you're finished!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My cute son

So I thought that I might first write about my son, Soren, who is so adorable (I know, I'm a bit bias). He is six months old (born July 21st) and has just started to roll over from his back to his stomach, but gets stuck there. So the only way that he can get out of it is to cry and then be picked up. This morning I had him on the play mat while I was making an amazing pair of earrings for my Spring line and he made it onto his stomach and starts crying. Like always, I went to pick him up, but this time I had the unfinished earring in my hand. He saw the glittering stones (quartz and turmaline really sparkle!) and got ahold of it! The stones flew everywhere!! That's when I handed him to my husband, Scott, grumbling the whole way, and picked them up out of the carpet. I am learning that I need to keep small, sparkly objects far away from him :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Welcome to my brand new blog!!

Hello and Welcome!
Designs by Ros is a handmade nature-inspired jewelry line created by me, Rosalind Gourvitz. I will teach you a few of the techniques that I have learned when creating my amazing jewelry and also show off some of my creations (sold on Etsy: Get ready for all the fun in store!!!