Blue Eyed Multi Drop Earrings

earrings measure 2.5” long

earrings measure 2.5” long

From precious stones to costume jewelry, multi drop earrings are the hot accessory for 2014.  They swing, they dangle and they can sometimes be very expensive.  Here’s your chance to create your own without the hefty price tag.  I made these in less than an hour with left over beads from my Blue Eyed Bracelet.  The curved silver frame holding the four components is simple 18 gauge wire wrapped in 20 gauge half round wire.  The instructions show you how easy it is to create.  So what do you wear with a Blue Eyed Bracelet?  Blue Eyed Multi Drop earrings of course!

See the matching Blue Eyed Bracelet

See the matching Blue Eyed Bracelet

Directions

step 1 - To create the earring frame cut the 18 gauge wire to measure 2.5”.  Make a center loop by placing a thin round object in the center of the wire and bending the ends together.  Push the sharp edge of flat nose pliers into the loop and bend both wires into 90 degree angles.

step 1 - To create the earring frame cut the 18 gauge wire to measure 2.5”.  Make a center loop by placing a thin round object in the center of the wire and bending the ends together.  Push the sharp edge of flat nose pliers into the loop and bend both wires into 90 degree angles.

step 2 - Use round nose pliers to create a loop at the end of each wire.  The loops should match in size.

step 2 - Use round nose pliers to create a loop at the end of each wire.  The loops should match in size.

step 3 - Smooth each side of the wire over a round object to create matching arches.

step 3 - Smooth each side of the wire over a round object to create matching arches.

step 4 - Hold the half round wire against the loop on one side using flat nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the arch working toward the center loop. 

step 4 - Hold the half round wire against the loop on one side using flat nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the arch working toward the center loop. 

step 5 - Wrap the wire around the base of the center loop once.

step 5 - Wrap the wire around the base of the center loop once.

step 6 - Continue wrapping to the loop on the other side.  To complete the frame trim the excess half round wire and smooth against the frame.

step 6 - Continue wrapping to the loop on the other side.  To complete the frame trim the excess half round wire and smooth against the frame.

step 7 - Create the three drop components for each earring.  Two outside drops will contain a head pin wire passed through a silver bead, the bottom of the engraved frame, a blue bead, the top of the engraved frame, and another silver bead.  For the center drop component add another engraved frame and blue bead, followed by a silver bead.   After the silver bead on each component, bend the wire over a sharp edge to create a loop.  If you’re not sure how to make the loop see Jewelry Tools and Techniques. Leave the loops open for the next step.

step 7 - Create the three drop components for each earring.  Two outside drops will contain a head pin wire passed through a silver bead, the bottom of the engraved frame, a blue bead, the top of the engraved frame, and another silver bead.  For the center drop component add another engraved frame and blue bead, followed by a silver bead.   After the silver bead on each component, bend the wire over a sharp edge to create a loop.  If you’re not sure how to make the loop see Jewelry Tools and Techniques. Leave the loops open for the next step.

step 8 - Link the outside components to the ends of the frame.  Close the loops. 

step 8 - Link the outside components to the ends of the frame.  Close the loops. 

step 9 - Close the loop in the center component and attach a jump ring to it.  Put the open jump ring through the center loop of the frame then close it.  Attach an earring wire to the loop.

step 9 - Close the loop in the center component and attach a jump ring to it.  Put the open jump ring through the center loop of the frame then close it.  Attach an earring wire to the loop.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 10mm Blue coin beads
  • head pin wires
  • 3 mm silver beads
  • 18 Gauge jump rings
  • 18 gauge wire
  • 20 gauge half round half hard wire
  • jewelry pliers & wire cutters

At Etsy


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