Knock it Off! Anthropologie’s Hue Pyramid Earrings

These Anthropologie Hue Pyramid earrings are the reason I made paper beads in the first place. They were so fab that they motivated me to learn the bead-making skill.  They’re definitely bold statement earrings, and I sometimes feel a little conspicuous like “hey! everyone! I’m wearing really big and colorful earrings!” But luckily it’s nothing a little pep-talk can’ fix: Work these earrings. Own these earrings.

madmim_hue pyramid earrings_10my version: cheap–I had all the supplies beforehand, so I spent zilch.

 

Anthropologie’s version: $98

So as promised, here’s the tutorial:

Supplies

Some pretty paper beads. Make sure to make an array of colors and also various sizes–you’ll need some small ones for the top of the triangle.

-An anvil. You don’t need one–I managed fine without one, but that’s what you’re supposed to have according to that jewelry making book I checked out. I used a small sheet of steel that my husband had lying around his research lab. Don’t have any steel lying around? Umm, get creative. You need something really hard. (fire-hydrants?!)

-16 gauge gold jewelry wire. About 1 foot.

-22 gauge gold jewelry wire. About 2 yards.

-gold jump rings

-closed earrings. Fish hook would probably work fine too.

-gold beads. Someone gave me the ones I used, and there were two different sizes, but the original Anthropologie (probably not cheap gold plastic) only has one size.

-needle nose pliers/metal cutters. Again, the best thing to have would be those fancy round-nosed pliers, but you can live without them.

-a hammer

 

Now to give fair warning, I’m not a seasoned jewelry-maker, and don’t know any of the legit lingo yet. So when I say “loopy” and instead of the right term, just forgive and forget and move on.

1. Cut 6″ of the 16 gauge gold wire, and pound flat with a  hammer and anvil/steel/whatever.

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2. Measure 2 1/4″ from either end and mark with a washable marker.

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3. Bend at marked points with your fingers to make a nice straight triangle.

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4. With your pliers, make small loops on both ends (facing back).

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5. Now with the 22 gauge wire, wrap around one side near the top several times until secure. Use your pliers to tighten and flatten the edge down against the frame.

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6. String one small paper bead on, and then wrap around several times on opposite side of frame.  If your first coil wrapped over the frame, wrap your second coil under, in order to weave the wire from front to back and vice versa.

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7. Continue threading paper and gold beads back and forth throught the triangle frame, wrapping several times between rows.  Just throw in a gold bead when you feel like it. Gauge the size of beads and number or gold ones with the space you have between the frame.  You want the beads to fill the space, but not to fit tightly.  Avoid weaving the rows to closely together as well.

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8. When you reach the bottom, wrap around the bottom corner several times to secure, and then cut the wire and tighten/flatten against the frame with your pliers. You don’t want any pokies!

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9. Attach jump rings to both loopies, and then one more (I used a slightly larger one) to connect the first two. Attach a closed earring to the top jump ring. Ya terminas!

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Out of respect for the original designer, I ask that this tutorial ONLY BE USED FOR PERSONAL USE, and that it not be used to make items for commercial sales, even on a small scale. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at miriam@madmim.com. Thanks and good wishes!

 See my other paper bead jewelry projects: paper bead tutorial, Paper Sunrise Necklace, Anthro knockoff Vaqunnon Earrings

 

100 Comments

becca

I love these! You did such a great job. I definitely want to make a pair (hopefully before we leave for our cruise in a week and a half.) I might try to do silver rather than gold. They have that wire in silver, right? I hope.
Anyhow, you are awesome. I love your version. I think you did such a great job!

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Miriam

Yes the wire definitely comes in silver! I can’t wait to see them when you finish, and Hello?! A cruise?! So awesome becca! I can’t remember if you told me that, but really that sounds so fun!

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Rach

So so so so sooooo cute!! I wish I could do that. I just lack patience, which actually complicates my life quite a bit.

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YAM B Fan

beeyuuutiiiiiiiiifullllllllll! You can flatten wire? How cool is that?! I like your version BETTER by far-great colors. very fun.

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jen

Hey mim, have finally added my version of your darling “Turn About the Room Dress” to your flicker group…just so you don’t feel quite so lonely :o) jen

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Sussex girl

I do too, I was about to say that. The real ones are nowhere near as attractive and pretty.

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Lolo

WOW! Your earrings looks so much better!! The colors pop! Good job~ Where can I purchase gold jewelry wire?

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Miriam

Thanks Lolo! I just bought my wire at JoAnn’s, but I think you can get it at any craft store like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Roberts, and probably even Walmart in the craft section.

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krb

LOVE these – actually bookmarked them on the anthro site with the intention of making them myself! your how-to is great, and i will surely be attempting these soon. Thanks!!

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Miriam

Oh my goodness, those are GORGEOUS. I love them in silver, and I LOVE your paper beads. Really amazing job! Thanks so much for showing me, it always makes my day. If you get a chance, I would love to see this photo in the madmim flickr group
PS, these are by far my favorite earrings, and they just make me feel totally awesome every time I wear them.

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Angelique

What is so funny is that the home-made “knock off” earrings look better than the original expensive ones. Good job!

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Chelle

These are really cute and super easy to make. My paper beads are sort of wonky, but I suppose that adds to them being handmade. Thank you for the tutorial. Also, I added a picture to your flicker group.

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Miriam

Yay! Yours look rockin!! If you like your as much as I like mine, then you’ll wear them every other day! Thanks for putting your photo up!

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Miss Ivy

I love your earrings. I am a self-taught beader and appreciate your ideas. I am going to try to make a pair for myself.

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JanniCake

Hi,

Absolutely great! I must say that your version looks A LOT better than the original. Will show you off on my Twitter :).

Keep up the good work.

JanniCake

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Vikki

WOW these are beautiful!! Where did you get the gold wire from?? I would love to make these, they are fabulous, and yours look better than the anthropologie ones, I prefer your brighter colours!

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GillyBean

I like yours better too. I just don’t understand why people think that leaving a hunk of squished metal (ie: crimps) looks nice. It is so easy to find something to cover it with.

That’s my thoughts anyway.

Also, I recently acquired a large supply of these paper beads and had no idea what to do with them so, thanks for helping me get the creative juices flowing in regards to them!!

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Sarah W.

OMFG. Can I just say, I’m so glad you posted this tut! I’ve been lusting after those paper beads ever since I saw your other tutorial, and now that I’ve seen this I’m positive it is my life’s goal to make some of these earrings. Be looking for my version on my blog! THANKS so much!

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Diane

I SERIOUSLY like yours better! I would have guessed they were the more expensive pair!

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jane

beautiful work!!!!! i’ve just started trying my hand at paper beads, so i may give this a try. i have one question tho….how do you get your beads sooooooo shiny???

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Miriam

Just look for high gloss in whatever finish you use (mine was mod podge and polyurathane spray) and you’re golden! Good luck!

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Anna

Great work! I like your earrings far better than the bought ones. They have brighter color and a better symmetry I think.
How long did you work on these?

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Miriam

Thank you Anna, I love those earrings too! Their definitely my favorite, and I get compliments every time I wear them:) If I remember right, I think they took about an hour and half to make the pair.

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Bettsi

Wow, these are beautiful!!! Much prettier and obviously better made than the anthro pair. Nice job! I’m thinking about making something similar in a bracelet- creating a little frames like that and then attaching chains for a bracelet. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Miriam

That sounds GORGEOUS, makes me want to do some more paper crafting. I would love to see the finished project if you ever do it!

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marney

I just found out about paper beads and your tutorial tonight, what a great find, I have some experience making clay beads and can’t wait to try this project, thanks so much for sharing!! you rock!!

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tannis

these are great earings, i usually draw or paint something for my family on special occasions. threse will be great for my sister for her birthday. so i don’t have to paint her something.lol.
Thanks again for the great art work.
tannis

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CHANTAL

thank you for sharing love the idea I don’t knonw how to make paper bead but I will learn from you, very lovely earring thank’s

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Staci

I think yours are so much more pretty than the ones you ‘knocked off”! After seeing this tutorial, I made some paper beads of my own and am looking forward to making my own beautiful earrings. Thank you!

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chantal

you are a real artist keep the good work and keep sharring,;
where can I get the gold wire here in the Caribbean is not easy to find;
thank you

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Miriam

Thank you Chantal! I wish I could give you more information, but I’m not sure! I would just try online somewhere, I hope that you have luck, let me know if you find a good source!

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Christine

Thank you for this tutorial, i just finished them in silver color, it was my first try at jewelry making, it turned out great.
Thank you.

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Mama Mary

Beautiful!!!! On the subject of an “anvil”, I got my husband to stop by a local welding shop and they sold him a nice, thick piece of steel, (approx.5.5X 5.5X.5) for about 5 bucks that was the perfect size for my little work station. I used my dremel with a course sander to smooth off the rust and rubbed it down with some 3-1 oil and a soft cloth. It works great!!!

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Tina Reynolds

Miriam, These are awesome! I like your version way better than the Anthropoolgie originals!!! I really don’t understand why people would pay so much for jewelry from a designer store, when you can make it so much nicer and for a lot less!!! Great Job! 🙂

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Miriam

Thank you Tina! I agree, although admittedly my materials aren’t as nice as the originals, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying them every bit as much as I would if they were real gold etc! (they are still some of my faves!)

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Dawn

I love these! I have been making paper beads like crazy the last couple months and they’re just sitting in a box. I’m going to have to make myself a pair of these amazing earrings!

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lacyquilter

These are awesome! I also love your version more than the other. And just a note, if you start adding the beads at the bottom, you have the opening at the top to slip the wire through instead of pulling it all the way through each time you wrap it around the outer frame. Thanks for sharing. These are my kind of jewelry.

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ninstar

i am 12 qnd are thinking of making these for my mum for her birthday. unfortunateley i only have 18 gauge wire. do you still think it will work

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jane oldenburg

love those triangle earrings. i work in glass beads and copper wire. triangles made in copper and wrapped with seed beads will look nice, i think, just going to try it. if you make more, try not hammering the ends of the wire, where you make the loops.actually you can make the loops, form the triangle, then hammer the wire.

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Moonstone Mary

This is still going around the web. Very cute idea. I have some 16 gauge brass wire that I got from the hardware store that will work perfect for this. It naturally “ages” so gets an organic look over time (can be re-polished though). For those not wanting to invest in expensive gold wire, brass is a great alternative. Also you can use copper wire – get it free in different gauges from an electrician or handy man. They usually have tons of scraps in the back of their pick up truck that they’re more than happy to get rid of. Again, raw copper wire will naturally age or you can add gun blue to it to oxidize it (or put in a bag with a hard boiled egg). Blessings.

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Cassidy Cruise

These are beautiful! And if I don’t make a pair of these for my sister’s Christmas present. I may regret it for the rest of my life. 🙂

Best,
Cassidy
Tuesdaystantrum.blogspot.com

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mhoward48

Yours are gorgeous!!!! I want to try and make me some, but I would love to be able to make them smaller in size. I love them!

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Miriam

I made some smaller ones for my sister, and I actually like her’s better! Just scale everything down!

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I’m a jewelry maker. Just a note on wire. You can get raw copper wire for free from an electrician. Also the hardware store is great for wire that you will flatten. If you want less hard wire, aluminum works great – very soft but flattening it hardens it. It comes in great colors.

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