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How to Make Vintage Style Trumpet Lucite Flower Jewelry
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.
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
Instructions to Make Trumpet Flower Jewelry
- 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.
- Next, add you trumpet flower bead to the head pin, pointing down.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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!
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.
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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.