How to Make Vintage Style Trumpet Lucite Flower Jewelry

Trumpet Flower Earrings
Trumpet Flower Earrings | Source

Vintage Style Trumpet Jewelry

Vintage style is in whether it is fashion, home décor, or jewelry. Driven by a fierce recession, many are turning to recycling, up-cycling, and rejuvenating what they have rather than purchasing new items. The cost of authentic vintage merchandise is more than most of us are willing or able to pay, and creating your own vintage jewelry is fun, easy, and affordable on any budget. Whether you want to create your own vintage style or make extra money with a home based jewelry business, buying and selling vintage inspired jewelry is a fast growing, lucrative business.

Vintage style earring hooks for pierced ears
Vintage style earring hooks for pierced ears | Source
Standard Antique Gold Head Pins
Standard Antique Gold Head Pins | Source
Trumpet flower bead
Trumpet flower bead | Source
Small Bead Caps. Beautiful with lucite flower beads and the perfect spacers between crystals and flowers.
Small Bead Caps. Beautiful with lucite flower beads and the perfect spacers between crystals and flowers.
Swavorski Crystal Beads
Swavorski Crystal Beads | Source

Supplies For Basic Trumpet Earrings

These items are available at most major craft stores, Etsy, and Ebay:


2 2" Headpins



2 Lucite Trumpet Flower Beads



4- 5 mm Beads to Match Trumpet Flower Beads (Swavorski Crystal beads are always best). These are also called bicones.



2 Earring Hooks in the same color and style of the headpins (lever back earrings can also be used)


2 Standard Jump Rings (4 mm or smaller)


2 Earring Backs (Unless lever back earring hooks are being used)


One pair of small or jeweler's rounded pliers


One pair of wire cutters or snips

Layout for a basic pair of Trumpet Flower Earrings
Layout for a basic pair of Trumpet Flower Earrings | Source
In five minutes you can have a lovely pair of earrings
In five minutes you can have a lovely pair of earrings | Source

Instructions to Make Trumpet Flower Jewelry

  1. Pick up your first head pin. You will place your crystals and flowers onto the head pin from the bottom up. For your first step, you will slide one crystal bead down the head pin. This will be the bottom of your earring. If you wish to add a spacer for décor, you can place it on top of this bead.
  2. Next, add you trumpet flower bead to the head pin, pointing down.
  3. Add your bead cap on top of the trumpet flower. It should also go onto the head pin face down as it is to wrap the tulip as a leaf would.
  4. Next, add another matching bead to the head pin. At this point you can experiment with different spacers and beads to create a style that you love.
  5. When all the beads, flowers, and bead caps are placed onto the headpin to your suiting, it is time to trim off the excess wire from your headpin. With wire cutters, trim off the excess wire leaving 1/2 inch of overhang which will be used to make a loop.
  6. Use the small rounded pliers to grab the excess end of the wire. Twist it in a loop formation. Create a neat loop at the top of the head pin. (If using lever back earrings like the ones pictured, you will loop the excess wire through the pre-made base of the earring as pictured and your earrings are done!)
  7. At this point, you will insert the jump ring into this loop. With the small pliers, carefully open the jump ring. Do not open it too far or it will become weak and stretched. Hook the jump ring into the loop of excess wire of your head pin and the hook of your earring hook. Carefully squeez the jump ring back together. You now have a beautiful new pair of earrings!

Example 1
Example 1 | Source
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When working with large lucite flowers as pictured above in example 1, you will need large antique style bead caps.
When working with large lucite flowers as pictured above in example 1, you will need large antique style bead caps. | Source
Example 2
Example 2 | Source

Advanced Trumpet Flower Earring Designs

Example One (to the right)


Example one is a beautiful pair of trumpet earrings showing a pistil stigma (blossom). These add a natural effect to your earrings.

To create this effect, place a swarovski crystal at the end of a head pin. Repeat this step to create three head pins with crystals. Grab all three headpins and twist together. Place your trumpet bead over the three wrapped headpins. Insert the main headpin into the top of the flower bead. Using small pliers, wrap the strand of 3 head pins in a circle on top of the trumpet flower bead to make an attractive transition. Straighten the bead on the main headpin. If you wish to decorate this head pin, do so before securing. If using a large trumpet bead cap, place it on top of the trumpet flower before securing head pins.

Example Two (to the right)

Example two features beautiful two toned trumpet flower beads in blue and purple to give them an iridescent effect. These beads are rare for purchase as they are hand dyed. When shopping for this type of bead, you will want to search for hand dyed lucite trumpet beads, or you can dye your own beads by following the section below on how to dye your own beads. Dyed beads have a mystical and natural quality that enhance your earrings.

How to Hand Dye Lucite Trumpet Flower Beads

If you wish to change or enhance the color and tone of a trumpet flower bead, this can easily be done by hand. The challenge of dying your own beads is getting two beads the same color.

To hand dye your own beads, you will need disposable bowls for each color you want to use. Add one teaspoon of Rit or comparable dye to the bowl. Pour enough boiling water to the bowl to cover the amount of beads you wish to use. Allow beads to soak in dye for at least 15 minutes. Before rinsing, check the beads for desired color and saturation. If they aren't dark enough, you can soak them longer.

The beads in example 2 were made by setting the beads in a shallow pool of dye to just tint the outer rim of the bead. This is also a beautiful effect.

When beads reach your desired color, rinse them with cold water. Set them on a paper towel to dry. They will usually turn a little darker as they dry. It is fun to experiment with different colors and intensities of dye.

The Trumpet Flower
The Trumpet Flower | Source

Legend of the Trumpet Flower


While known for its stunning beauty, the trumpet flower, formally named the brugmansia is a highly toxic flower. The flowers, stems and leaves of a real trumpet flower are highly toxic. Touching one can lead to paralysis, confusion, hallucinations, migranes and death. Native to South America, religious leaders sometimes eat these flowers in order to enter a paralyzed state in which they pray and communicate with holy entities and deceased ancestors.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Tammy...There you go again, with your talented arts and crafts! The earrings are so cute! It seems to me that all of this type of activity must be so relaxing ....not to mention the pride someone feels when they make something by hand and can appreciate the finished product.

I'm not into the "small motor skills" type of hobbies, that it requires to make jewelry..(I DO sew a whole lot) ...but I take on the big projects, large motor skills......like in re-modeling and redecorating.

Hey, whatever it takes to keep an old lady off the streets, right Tammy?? LOL UP ++


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DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

Tammy, these are gorgeous!! Had no idea you could dye lucite beads, very interesting. Voted up


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are so damn talented! I hope you are doing well selling your crafted items. It seems to me these would jump off of the shelves at art fairs and the such. Great hub and sending you best wishes and gratitude for your friendship.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much fpherj48. Crafts are very, very relaxing. I love making them, but I don't enjoy the business end of them so much. I really had to force myself to do the fine little skills. I can do them, but I prefer not to wrap wire on a daily basis. Thanks so much for stopping by with your warm comment.


kelleyward 4 years ago

You have so many fabulous ideas Tammy! I can't sew a stitch but I do enjoy seeing what artist like you create! Voted up and shared! Kelley


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Dragonfly Treasure. The dyed beads look so much more like nature because they vary a little and have better hues. Thanks so much for reading.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, those are neat. I especially love the first pair. This would be a neat hobby and way to make money, too. Great hub. Well done!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Billybuc. Things are going well with the crafts. They do much better online. I appreciate you stopping by all my girly hubs. You are a true friend. Thank you! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Victoria Lynn. These are a great addition to anyone's craft and jewelry sales. They are really overpriced on Etsy too if anyone really wants a pair and doesn't want to pay $25 dollars. Thanks so much for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Kelleyward. I appreciate your visit.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Your first photo looks so beautiful due to your own creativity! I learnt a lot about the making of vintage trumpet earrings thanks to your well-explained instructions and handy tips. It is interesting to note that behind the beauty of trumpet flowers lies a surprising secret that it is highly toxic! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Tammy, these are beautiful. I am not sure I would have the patience to do the detailed, delicate work. The end is the hardest for me - using the pliers to open up that hoop... yep, I would break it or open it too far or squeeze it together too hard and it would be pointing in the wrong direction. LOL

I do admire how beautiful your work is though. What great gifts or a great way to make extra money with a booth in an arts and craft fair. I have a friend who simply sells to the rest of us.

Great hub! Votes and shared.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yeah I love them! I used to have a Trumpet Vine - very beautiful! I think you are so talented! If I even tried to make them - they'd end up looking like. 2 year old did it:) lol


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and for your wonderful support ishwaryaa22. You are one of the best hubbers I have had the pleasure of meeting.

Thanks Sholland10. With a little practice everyone can make intricate jewelry. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I appreciate your visit.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

You can do it! Practice makes perfect Realhousewife. Thanks so much for your visit.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Awesome and very useful hub! Woot Woot!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and sharing ChristyWrites!


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Laurayu 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Very pretty


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Oh, there are so beautiful! I am not into jewelry making, but your hubs are very tempting.... And you make it look so easy. Voting up, and everything else :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Laurayu!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi La Thing. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a warm comment. You might enjoy giving it a try. I appreciate your visit.


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RunningDeer 4 years ago from Iowa

I LOVE making jewelry. These are super cute. Thanks for telling how to make them! Voted up and shared.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

This is a very comprehensive "how to" hub and written in an easy to follow style. Lovelly pictures that help explain this craft which you clearly are an expert in. Well done, voted up and shared.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks RunningDeer. This is a wonderful craft and jewelry making community here on Hubpages. I love learning about new crafts too. Thanks so much for your visit and I hope you will give them a try.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Brian Slater. It is good to see your name pop up again. I hope you are coming back for good!


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Good. You did it. Now a days I used to read these type of articles, because my wife is into this kind of hobby.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi tammy, I love your patience to be able to make some of the most gorgeous things, I did try it a few times but I am so impatient! lol! this is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the added photo of the Trumpet flower at the bottom too, to show what the flowers actually look like up close, I love the craft making and when I learn to sit still for more than five minutes I will definitely try it, wonderful as always, nell


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks naimishika. I hope she will enjoy it. Thanks for visiting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you so much for your kind comment and generous sharing Nell Rose. I don't know how someone with as many followers as you have does it all. You rock. Thanks so much for your visit.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great job with this tutorial!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I like the fact that your crafts involve mostly assembling things together. They don't rely on having to bend or shape things, otherwise they'd get all wonky under my hands. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Great hub Tammy. These earrings are so beautiful. Wonderful for anyone whose into crafts. Passing this on.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks randomcreative!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Alocsin. I appreciate your visit and the vote!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you for reading and sharing Gypsy Rose Lee. I appreciate that.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These are really pretty.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Just Ask Susan. I love anything with a touch of nature to it. :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

You are such an expert on these ideas. the pics helped me gather enough balls, I mean enough crafting vision to do it myself. This is easier than solving a triple integration at our Calculus class. You rock girl!'Lord


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

gosh...I loved those trumpet earrings, tammy.

Will give it a shot..but, your majesty you stand high and tall when it comes to creativity :)

voted up and sharing it across


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carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

they look delicate and the way of making it is very easy and creative.............i am gonna try it sure...........


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poojasd7 4 years ago from India

OMG! So pretty!

I loved this hub!


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ideasinked 4 years ago from Mumbai, India.

Wow! I loved the two-toned ones! Awesome!

My sister loves making jewellery and I'm going to tell her the tricks!

Lovely hub! voted up!


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Wow! These earrings are awesome! I love handmade stuff. It is a pity that I am allergic to metals other than silver, gold and platinum. Though I love fancy earrings, I am not able to wear them for more than half an hour because of it. Lovely Hub, voted up!


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Great article, i like the tips in here and the photos too. I have to share this. Thanks.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks dwachira! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing. Good to see you.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow, very lovely. thank you for the ideas, think im gonna buy some materials and make something like this..i am planning to make like these long time ago.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I hope you enjoy them unknown spy. You won't be able to find anything like them in a store. :)


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LadyFiddler 3 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Very pretty tammy you've got great talent hope you're making and selling your jewelry creations :).

Take care


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Lady Fiddler. These are great sellers in my little online store. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Winnie Juel Mikkelsen 23 months ago

Hi, I am living in Denmark and would like to know where to buy this vintage tone in tone flowers - can anyone refer to a shop - which maybe have a distributor in Denmark - because the freight and taxes if there is one - is so expensive

Kind Regards

Winnie Juel Mikkelsen

E-mail: wimikkel@jubii.dk


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tammyswallow 23 months ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Winnie, You can find these beads on Ebay worldwide and on Etsy.com in the US. Good luck!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 21 months ago

How pretty and I just came across this hub! I love these earrings and they would be lovely for the spring.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

making goid use if ear rings, clever idea


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rebeccamealey 21 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

They're pretty! I'd love to make something like this.


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Marilyn Fritz 21 months ago from Nevada

Wow, I really love the earrings! I plan to make some for myself. Thank you for sharing the process, I love to make jewelry. These are so dainty and pretty, I especially like the ones in Sample 2. You are very talented! I will be visiting your Hub pages often!


Nancy 10 months ago

I have looked and looked for a bead cap that resembles the Sample 1. Not having much success. If anyone would know where to find this I would appreciate a heads up. Thanks so By the way, very very pretty

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