FREE Oval Turquoise Earrings Jewelry Making Tutorial Blogpost PART 1

This is a turquoise stone. Dating back to 16th century, this mineral stone is known to the Aztecs as “chalchihuitl” and to Iranians as “pirouzeh.” The word turquoise was derived from the French word “Turkish” Turkey, where the mineral “callais” was first found and then brought to Europe. It is a rare stone and is valued as a gem and ornamental stone since then, owing to its unique hue, its bluish-to-greenish color.

In my experience sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a turquoise bead, or stone, or gem is real. As years passed and like most opaque gems, sadly, imitations and synthetics of this prized stone have been sold in the market. But then how do you tell if a gem like turquoise is real? Since we were selling back in 2004 – 2007 gemstones of different kinds my mother taught me a cool tip how to tell if a gem is real. She said that all gems have a cool feeling when touched and placed on our skin. I’ve tested it on other gems I bought from other stores and yes, a real gem does feel cold on the skin! And it feels much colder when placed on the skin for longer times. Amazing! Now, you try when you buy precious stones. And since turquoise is rare, why don’t we learn this unique jewelry making idea on how to use your turquoise beads/stones and create unique earrings.

Let’s prepare these materials and tools:
2 oval shaped turquoise beads 0.8mm (20ga) silver plated copper wire, 0.3mm (28ga) silver plated copper wire Some clear seed beads 2 ear studs Round nose pliers Flat nose pliers Wire cutter

Step 1: Cut approximately 13cm (5 inches) 0.8mm (20ga) copper wire. Bend to 90 degrees 0.6cm (0.24 inches) from the edge of the wire.

Step 2: Using your round nose pliers, hold the wire at the curve where you bent the wire to 90 degrees. Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to create a loop.

Step 3: Using the tip of your flat nose pliers, grip the loop and with your other holding the extended wire make a spiral by turning the wire around the circle. Make at least 3-4 turns.

Step 4: Take your oval shape bead and wrap the wire around it to form the wire into an oval shape like shown in this picture.

Step 4: Remove the bead and now you have your earring frame. Then cut approximately 30cm (12 inches) 0.3mm (28ga) copper wire. Attach one end of the thin wire by wrapping it around the oval shape wire 3 times.

Step 6: Slide in a seed bead. Push the seed bead towards the end and continue to wrap the wire onto the oval shape wire 2 times.

Step 7: Repeat Step 6 until you have 9 to 10 seed beads wrapped onto the earring frame or when you’re nearing the middle part of the frame. Then wrap the wire without a seed bead a few more times and set aside.

Step 8: Cut approximately 6cm (2 inches) 0.8mm (20ga) wire. At one end make a small loop using your round nose pliers. Continue to turn the wire to make a spiral.

Step 9: Roll both ends to the centre and adjust the shape to make a double spiral

It’s getting pretty exciting isn’t it? Little by little you’re earring frame is starting to have a form, but why don’t we set this aside for now and I promise, we’ll continue the tutorial on our next posts; however, in case you’re really excited to finish your turquoise earrings and can’t wait to show them off, you can download a complete, detailed, step-by-step and follow the tutorial with this PDF COPY.

Ciao for now and happy jewelry making! READ PART 2 HERE

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Jane Chew

Jane is the Chief Editor of Handmade Jewelry Club. She also founded DIY Jewelry Making Magazine @ . For More Info, Visit my Google + Profile

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