Klieg Lights Crystal Earrings

earrings measure 1.50" long

earrings measure 1.50" long

Bling is in the air! The sparkle from these earrings radiates from the beaded sides as well as the beautiful glass, faceted, briolette, focal bead. Wearing these gems is like having miniature klieg lights dangling from your ears - totally red carpet worthy. Wire wrapped on a double frame around the large bead, outlines the beautiful shape of these dazzlers. Crystals are attached to the wire, alternating between rows of clear and rows of midnight blue. Make them for yourself and you may hear someone asking, “Who are you wearing?” 

Directions

step 1 - With a pencil, draw a template for the wire frame shape by tracing the bead.  Allow about .25” outside the shape.

step 1 - With a pencil, draw a template for the wire frame shape by tracing the bead.  Allow about .25” outside the shape.

step 2 - Draw a duplicate shape to form a figure eight.

step 2 - Draw a duplicate shape to form a figure eight.

step 3 - Extend the mid section of the figure eight to measure .25” across. Blend the lines with the original drawn lines.

step 3 - Extend the mid section of the figure eight to measure .25” across. Blend the lines with the original drawn lines.

step 4 - Shape the wire to match the template.  The two wire tails should measure .50” and meet just below the template’s center line.

step 4 - Shape the wire to match the template.  The two wire tails should measure .50” and meet just below the template’s center line.

step 5 - Set aside the template. Fold the top frame shape down over a thin knitting needle with the bottom and top edges aligned. Note - the wire tails are at the backside of the frame.

step 5 - Set aside the template. Fold the top frame shape down over a thin knitting needle with the bottom and top edges aligned. Note - the wire tails are at the backside of the frame.

step 6 - Align the bottom of the bead .25” from the bottom of the frame. Mark the frame at the bead hole. Set the bead aside. Cut the 24 gauge wire to measure 24” long.  Allowing a 1.50” tail, wrap it twice around the right frame at the mark.

step 6 - Align the bottom of the bead .25” from the bottom of the frame. Mark the frame at the bead hole. Set the bead aside. Cut the 24 gauge wire to measure 24” long.  Allowing a 1.50” tail, wrap it twice around the right frame at the mark.

step 7 - Add three clear crystal beads to the wire. Wrap the wire around the left frame twice.

step 7 - Add three clear crystal beads to the wire. Wrap the wire around the left frame twice.

step 8 - Add three blue beads to the wire.  Wrap the wire around the right frame twice.

step 8 - Add three blue beads to the wire.  Wrap the wire around the right frame twice.

step 9 - Keep working from one side of the frame to the other adding beads until you reach the frame tails.

step 9 - Keep working from one side of the frame to the other adding beads until you reach the frame tails.

step 10 - Trim the tails to overlap each other about 1/8”. Continue wrapping, enclosing the two frame ends in the wrap.

step 10 - Trim the tails to overlap each other about 1/8”. Continue wrapping, enclosing the two frame ends in the wrap.

Step 11 - Work up this side of the frame until you are parallel with the mark you made on the opposite wire. Wrap around the frame twice.

step 12 - Insert the left and right wires through the bead. Wrap each twice on the front of each frame. Trim the wires and conceal them by pushing them down into the bead work.

step 12 - Insert the left and right wires through the bead. Wrap each twice on the front of each frame. Trim the wires and conceal them by pushing them down into the bead work.

step 13 - Complete the earrings by inserting an 8mm jump ring through the loops in the wire frame.  Attach an earring wire to the jump ring.

step 13 - Complete the earrings by inserting an 8mm jump ring through the loops in the wire frame.  Attach an earring wire to the jump ring.

Note

Remove marker lines with rubbing alcohol.

 


Supplies

At Michaels Store

  • 18 gauge wire
  • 24 gauge wire
  • 25mm long briolette faceted bead
  • clear crystal seed beads 11/0
  • midnight blue crystal seed beads 11/0
  • earring wire
  • Sharpie marker

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers and cutter

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