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Heishi Bead Earrings and Ideas

Wine Charm Earring Designs

Curated Pinterest Board of Ideas


Heishi beads are fun, and with their multicolor range, are great for Spring and Summer designs. They are made of polymer clay and have a disc like shape. Their sizes tend to range from 3mm-7mm. They are size 6mm in the earrings I have made. Earrings made of heishi beads are usually made with wine charm hoops.


Wine charm hoops can made made from memory wire or regular wire. Memory wire is very strong, but can still be bent and loops with pliers. Be careful if your wine charms are made of regular wire, as if you try to bend the post with pliers, the wire may be too weak and break off.


material: left: 25mm copper wine charm, iridescent copper pip bead, rose gold daisy spacer and 4mm matte rose gold faceted beads

right: 25mm yellow gold plated wine charm, matte yellow gold plated heart and 4mm matte gold fire polish beads


I've seen memory wire / wine charms available to purchase in all metal tones. Memory wire usually is sold in a ring size, bracelet size and a choker size - I have even seen a toddler bracelet size and a larger oval bracelet size. You can purchase wine charms, usually ranging from 15mm-35mm.


You can make your own wine charms:


1st way:

- purchase memory wire in a ring size (they will be smaller than the ones in the video) and make your own wine charms:

1. bend one end into a 90 degree angle

2. loop the other end


2nd way:

- purchase regular wire and follow these instructions to make a pair of earrings:

1. purchase some wire and test that it doesn't break when bending (avoid a very thin wire)

2. shape it into a hoop

3. add your beads

4. bend one side to a 90 degree angle

5. loop the other side

 

Shop a range of beads and jewelry making supplies.

 

In this video, I have used:

  • size 6mm heishi beads

  • wine charms made of memory wire

  • pip beads for the center dangle

  • chain nose pliers to bend the post straight

  • faceted 4mm beads * I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase - there is no additional cost to you. This is appreciated and helps with making more content to share. Thank you for your support.


Heishi Bead Earrings and Ideas

featuring wine charms and a pinterest board



chapters / timestamps

00:00 intro

00:20 about heishi beads

00:48 embellishments

00:53 add beads larger than 3mm

01:00 create your design

01:08 more accents

01:55 pinterest board inspiration

02:11 another design

03:06 wine charm tips

03:47 final designs

 

And if you would like videos on how to make more easy, chic handmade jewelry (mostly beaded), then check out Beaded Chic 101 on YouTube and learn all about beading DIY.