Drizzling Swarovski Crystal Earrings

earrings measure 3" long

earrings measure 3" long

Luminous rose and peach Swarovski crystals drizzle down simple silver chains to create these smashing earrings.  Expect plenty of movement and sparkle from these danglers because the many links give complete freedom for these beads to swing.  Making, opening, and closing loops is the only skill set required to complete this project.

 

Directions

1 A

1 A

1 B

1 B

1 C

1 C

1 D

1 D

1 - A, B, C, D

Making the Looped Beads

Work smart to minimize the number of times you pick up and put down each of the tools you will use for a finished looped bead.  One looped bead requires several steps.  Instead of completing the loop for each bead, pick up only the first tool and use it on all the beads.  Then move on to the next tool.  Doing this will be more efficient and easier on the hands.  A) Insert the wires into the beads.  B) Create 90 degree angles in the wires just above the beads with a sharp edged ruler.  C) Use round nose pliers to make the loop in the wire.  D) With wire cutters, remove the excess from the loop.

step 2 - Open the loop of a peach bead and insert it into the loop of a rose bead.  Create ten of these pairs.

step 2 - Open the loop of a peach bead and insert it into the loop of a rose bead.  Create ten of these pairs.

step 3 - Cut five pieces of chain to measure .50” and five to measure .75”.  Count the links in the chain to be sure they are equal in length.  

step 4 - Open a 5mm jump ring and attach the loop of the red bead, a .75” length of chain followed by a .50” length of chain.  Attach the jump ring to the loop in the teardrop.  Do this four more times to fill the teardrop.

step 4 - Open a 5mm jump ring and attach the loop of the red bead, a .75” length of chain followed by a .50” length of chain.  Attach the jump ring to the loop in the teardrop.  Do this four more times to fill the teardrop.

step 5 - Open and attach the loops of the rose beads in each pair and attach them to the last links in the .75” chains.
Open and attach the remaining single five rose beads to the last link in the short chains.

step 6 -  Open the loop in the 6mm rose bead and attach it to the top inside center of the teardrop.

step 6 -  Open the loop in the 6mm rose bead and attach it to the top inside center of the teardrop.

step 7 - Finish the earrings by attaching earring wires to the loop in the top of the teardrop.

step 7 - Finish the earrings by attaching earring wires to the loop in the top of the teardrop.

Note 
The chain links need to be large enough to accommodate the 5mm jump rings.  
 If you can’t find the teardrop component at your Michaels store, you’ll find similar ones at Fire Mountain Gems.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • .4mm Rose Swarovski bicone crystals - 30
  •  4mm Peach Swarovski bicone crystals - 20
  •  6mm Rose Swarovski bicone crystals - 2
  •  ball tip headpins - 52
  •  earring wires - 2
  •  5mm 20 gauge jump rings - 5
  •  jewelry pliers and cutters

Michaels

  •  6 loop teardrop
  •  Bead Landing thin chain - 13”

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