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How to Make Vintage Style Trumpet Lucite Flower Jewelry

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Trumpet Flower Earrings

Trumpet Flower Earrings

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

Standard Antique Gold Head Pins

Standard Antique Gold Head Pins

Trumpet flower bead

Trumpet flower bead

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

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

In five minutes you can have a lovely pair of earrings

In five minutes you can have a lovely pair of earrings

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

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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.

Example 2

Example 2

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.

Other Great Craft Ideas

The Trumpet Flower

The Trumpet Flower

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.

Comments

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on May 17, 2018:

I am glad miss tammyswallow. Do not forget to subscribe to Michael the craft store. They have coupons daily. If you like. I get coupons on my email.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 13, 2018:

Thank you Ana! You made my day.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on May 09, 2018:

I like your hub. It is beautiful. I am learning how to make Jewerly. I am taking private classes. I like your design Jewerly. You are the best. Thank you miss Tammy.

Nancy on February 09, 2016:

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

Marilyn from Nevada on February 21, 2015:

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!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 20, 2015:

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

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 20, 2015:

making goid use if ear rings, clever idea

Claudia Mitchell on February 19, 2015:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 15, 2015:

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

Winnie Juel Mikkelsen on January 09, 2015:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on October 03, 2013:

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

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on October 03, 2013:

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

Take care

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 12, 2012:

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

Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 11, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 03, 2012:

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

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on July 03, 2012:

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

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on July 02, 2012:

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!

ideasinked from Mumbai, India. on July 02, 2012:

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!

poojasd7 from India on July 02, 2012:

OMG! So pretty!

I loved this hub!

carriethomson from United Kingdom on July 02, 2012:

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

Ruchira from United States on July 01, 2012:

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

Joseph De Cross from New York on July 01, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 26, 2012:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 26, 2012:

These are really pretty.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 26, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 26, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 26, 2012:

Thanks randomcreative!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 26, 2012:

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

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 25, 2012:

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.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 25, 2012:

Great job with this tutorial!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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

Nell Rose from England on June 25, 2012:

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

Venugopaal from India on June 25, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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.

BRIAN SLATER on June 25, 2012:

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.

RunningDeer from Iowa on June 25, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks Laurayu!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on June 25, 2012:

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 :)

Laurayu from Charlotte, NC on June 25, 2012:

Very pretty

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks for reading and sharing ChristyWrites!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 25, 2012:

Awesome and very useful hub! Woot Woot!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 25, 2012:

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

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on June 25, 2012:

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.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 25, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks so much Kelleyward. I appreciate your visit.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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! :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 25, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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.

kelleyward on June 25, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 25, 2012:

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.

DragonflyTreasure from on the breeze......... on June 25, 2012:

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

Suzie from Carson City on June 25, 2012:

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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