Explorer Earrings with Nealay Patel – Halstead Jewelry Blog

Explorer Earrings with Nealay Patel – Halstead Jewelry Blog - Rings

We sent some sterling silver earring making supplies to Halstead Preferred Teacher Nealay Patel and asked him to work his jewelry making magic. These globally-inspired tassel hoops are the trendy result! They’re simple to make, but they pack a dramatic punch.

Explorer Earrings with Nealay Patel – Halstead Jewelry Blog - Rings

Nealay says, “This technique is perfect for wire wrapping beads between the earring space. Simply use a 2ft.-length of 26 gauge dead soft wire and wrap a coil from one side of the hoop to the other. Think about layering wood, gemstone and seed beads to express what the earth or sea would look like for you. I absolutely love these earrings and there are endless combinations of beads you can use!”

Explorer Earrings with Nealay Patel – Halstead Jewelry Blog - Rings

We love the way Nealay brought color into a collection of sterling silver supplies. If you’re looking for color inspiration, try uploading a favorite photograph to a site like Canva.com or Pictaculous.com to generate a color palette. The resulting hues could spur you to try a new combination or remember an old favorite. Then, you can choose beads in those colors and try Nealay’s easy technique.

Explorer Earrings with Nealay Patel – Halstead Jewelry Blog - Rings

Our earring card punch tool makes it easy to make your own earring display cards to coordinate with your earrings. The double post & earring wire punch tool shown here punches holes that are 1″ apart. Most earring findings will fit through the holes. The tool is versatile: you can also use a punched card to show off a pretty pendant on a chain or a short string of unique handmade beads.

Nealay is the author of Jewelry Designs with Knitted Wire: Explore the Possibilities; Jewelry for the New Romantic: Unexpected Techniques with Crystals and Beading Wire; and Jewelry Made with Wire & Fiber. He also teaches jewelry making via Facebook Live. Find updates on his next online tutorial at Beads & Bubbles.

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