Braided earrings are the rage nowadays! These are commonly known as Jhumkas in India. Traditionally made out of precious metals, nowadays they are commonly available to match the modern fashion.
Ever thought how to make those fancy, braided silk earrings?
Here we show you how to make them.
White PVA glue (not shown in the photos)
Cutting mat. A3 size.
Jump rings, 22 gauge, 4mm
Metal flowers spacers 8 mm.
Metal spacer beads 8 mm.
To make the braid you need to choose 3 colors of silk threads.
Begin by pressing one end of each thread on the center of the cutting mat.
Then wind each thread 12 times along the short length of the cutting board.
Once you are done, stick the ends of the threads with other threads.
Once you have wound all the three colored threads, separate them by cutting them at the center.
To prevent the loose ends of threads from running away, hold them between fingers as shown in the photo, and then cut using scissors.
Apply some PVA glue to one end of the threads, and let the bunch dry.
Fix the C-clamp on the table, and secure the pasted end of the threads under it.
Now start braiding the threads of 3 colors together.
Start braiding the three color threads bunches. If you don’t know how to braid, Becky has covered it nicely
Once the braid is complete, remove it from the c-clamp and glue the loose end.
Trim any extra lengths of loose threads from the braid.
Apply a small amount of PVA glue to the Jhumka base and start winding the braid around it.
It’s easy if you apply about 2 cm line of glue, paste the braid, then repeat. This way, you will have a good control on winding and the glue also won’t dry out till you reach the top.
Progress with the winding, and stop when you are about one winding short.
Leave a small clear area around the hold in the base.
Repeat this procedure for both the bases and let the dry.
It takes about half an hour to set, and another one hour to dry completely placed in sunlight.
On the small clear area, you had left in the previous step, apply some PVA glue, and paste the metallic bead spacer on it.
It takes about couple of hours to dry completely, so be patient
Once the assembly is dry, pick up the eye pin, insert it through the hole in the metallic bead.
On the other side (the side which does NOT have the eye) insert the 6 mm plastic bead.
This bead is for locking, normally deep inside the jhumka, and stays hidden from the sight.
Leave about ½ inch wire inside the jhumka, and trim the rest of the length using wire cutters.
Carefully hold this left out ½ inch piece and bend it away by 180 degrees using nose pliers to form a small loop.
This loop will keep the small bead in place, and prevent the eye pin from coming out!
Give a light pull to the loop on the top to make sure that the eye pin does not come out
If it does, insert a new eye pin and follow the procedure told above.
Apply small quantity, a line of about ½ inch, near the base of the braid winding.
Paste the stone chain onto it, a small portion at a time.
Repeat. ½ inch glue, then ½ inch chain, till you are done!
Once you have covered the complete circle of the stone chain, trim away the extra chain using wire cutters.
Let it dry.
Apply some PVA glue right below the metal bead spacer, and stick the stone chain.
Follow the same procedure as described in the earlier steps.
Once stuck, the jhumkas will look like shown in the photo.
Split the hoop open with the nose pliers.
insert the earring hook and the loop of the eye pin in this open hoop.
You will get a nice eye pin to the hoop to earring hook connection.
Once you are done inserting the two parts in the open hoop, use nose pliers to close it.
It’s really simple. Press the two ends of the hoop ring till they are right in front of each other. then close any gap that’s left, so that the ends meet each other
You are done!
Admire your handiwork and wear it with any outfit you like
You can use the same technique to make lots of different combinations
The one shown in the photo uses red, green and yellow threads. There is a red wooden bead at the top, and a ball chain is used to decorate
You can also play around with smaller jhumka bases, different colors, add golden threads for richer effect or go for different decorations. Sky is the limit