DIY Rainbow Earrings for Pride Walk 2016 in Kolkata
Lookie what I made last night – at 2 am! These cute earrings made of beads is my first DIY after a VERY long time! Every year, I turn up at pride walks looking like a slob, while so many others look like they put a lot of effort to look appropriate for the Pride walks! So, this year, I decided, a few months ago, that no matter what, I would talk in the rally and be a part of it! However, my misconception about the date messed up many of my plans, and my hectic schedule took over most of the rest. So, I’ll keep it simple, this year, with bits of rainbow here and there. And, voila! You have your DIY Rainbow earrings for Pride Walk 2016 in Kolkata!
DIY Rainbow Earrings for Pride Walk 2016 in Kolkata
LGBT Pride and Pride Rally
Before I go into the details, I’d Like to take the opportunity to talk about Pride parade or LGBT Pride, in general. Every day, the members of the ‘queer’ or lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) community, all perfectly healthy, civil and regular human being, are ostracised, hated, ridiculed, threatened, murdered, raped, and shamed. To counter this kind of discrimination, and protest against it all, the LGBT people takes pride in being who they are. The concept of displaying ‘Pride’, as opposed to social stigma and shame that they face, as a sign of protest, speaks a fascinating volume about this community. Today, the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival has become the longest-running event of its kind in South Asia.
Besides meeting many kinds of people at a Pride rally, you will also be greeted by a mind-blowing amount of warmth, celebration, and colours, among which is the Rainbow. The Rainbow Flag has been a symbol of Pride since 1978, flown in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. It had eight colours, i.e. 1. Hot pink, 2. Red, 3. Orange, 4. Yellow, 5. Green, 6. Turquoise, 7. Indigo/Blue, and 8. Violet, symbolizing Sexuality, Life, Healing, Sunlight, Nature, Magic/Art, Serenity/Harmony, and Spirit, respectively. Now, the common, simplified version excludes Hot Pink and Turquoise.
Walking the Walk
Aside from the members of the LGBT community, the people who walk in this annual Pride Rally and participate in other associated events are Allies – friends, family, close ones, or just anyone who believes in equal rights, and realize the truth in what Anthony Venn-Brown said: “When you hear of Gay Pride, remember, it was not born out of a need to celebrate being gay…. It evolved out of our need as human beings to break free of oppression and to exist without being criminalized, pathologized or persecuted.”
How To Make Your Own Pride Appropriate Earrings – in 5 STEPS!
There is no hard and fast rule about how you should dress or look at a Pride Rally. You can be a Rainbow Fairy or a slob. As long as you believe in the cause, or feel like you belong to the community, you’ll be a part of the rally. I have seen how people express themselves openly at Pride walks. And, since fashion, for me, is a way of expressing myself, I decided to look my part this year at the KRPF. That brings be back to my cute DIY Rainbow earrings for Pride Walk 2016 in Kolkata.
PARTS I NEEDED
You can make these, too! All you need are some beads, jump rings, and basic hoop earrings (or any earwire you wish to buy). Now, I’ll give you the numbers of hoops, beads, etc. according to the ones I made.
For EACH earring, you’ll need:
1. 6 Seed/Small Beads of EACH Colour (because small beads to avoid making the earrings too heavy)
2. 25 Open Jump Rings (tiny hoops/rings that can be opened)
3. 1 Hoop Earring
So, for the final set of 2 earrings, you’ll need: 1 Pair of basic earrings, 50 Jump Rings, 12 Seed Beads of EACH colour i.e. 12 red, 12 orange, 12 yellow, 12 green, 12 blue and 12 violet beads.
INSTRUCTION (for Each Earring)
1. Set aside 1 jump ring, and the earring. Now, take the remaining 24, and divide them into 6 batches of 4 jump rings. Now, for every batch of 4 hoops, assign all the beads of a single colour. You’re all organized now. If you look at each batch, you’ll find that you can slip 2 beads to slip in each of the 3 jump rings, while, 1 jump ring remains free. The idea for each colour is to set a particular number of beads for each hoop ring (maximum 3 beads) and keep an extra jump ring, into which you’ll later slip in all the other beaded jump rings.
Let’s get beading!
2. Open one jump ring, and slip in two beads. Close it. (You can use nose pliers to open and close the jump rings, but I’m pretty sure you don’t have them lying around at home. I used my bare, beautiful, delicate, butter-soft fingers, and I’m still alive – just with red fingertips.) Continue this, until, for every colour, you have three beaded rings.
3. Once, done, slip all 3 beaded jump rings into the last jump ring of the set, for a tiny bunch of a single colour. Now, do the same with the other colours, as well, so you can have 6 separate bunches.
4. Remember the 1st jump ring that I told you to keep aside with the actual earring? It’s time to bring that one out! Into this last jump ring, add all the other bunches you just made. Now, be patient; take some time out to find the FOURTH jump ring in each bunch, and use that one to hang each bunch on the final jump ring. And, don’t forget the order – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.
5. Once you’ve formed the final bunch, slip it into the main hoop earring, or the earwire, if you’re using one. And, you have your first earring! Repeat the same process for the second one.
See How I Look in Them!
Just remember that the Pride Walk is all about expressing yourself, the way you want. It is a safe space for you to be who you are, and show support to others who want to do the same. It is not about the what you wear. But, if you do decide to look special for the grand celebration of individuality, and have little time in hand, then I hope my DIY Rainbow earrings for Pride Walk 2016 inspire you. You can also check out my 5 unique looks with a single pair of jeans for outfit ideas!