Monte Carlo Drop Earrings

earrings measure 2.50" long

earrings measure 2.50" long

What do you wear at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo? A simple little black lace dress. Then add large chandeliers like these to turn your look from understated to extraordinary! The wattage from these statement earrings are a result of grouping 14mm flat faceted beads in a multi drop design. Ornate bead caps add contrast as does the jewelry bail that supports the pieces. Earring posts are glued to the back of the bail. Start to finish, these earrings can be put together in one hour.  Oui!  Ready to book your flight?

 

Directions

step 1 - Slip a ball tip headpin wire through a bead and a bead cap.  Create an eye/loop in the top of the wire and cut away the excess.  Create four of these side beads.

step 1 - Slip a ball tip headpin wire through a bead and a bead cap.  Create an eye/loop in the top of the wire and cut away the excess.  Create four of these side beads.

step 2 - Pass another wire through a bead, a bead cap and another bead and cap.  Create an eye/loop in the top of the wire and cut away the excess.  Create another two bead piece to match this one.

step 2 - Pass another wire through a bead, a bead cap and another bead and cap.  Create an eye/loop in the top of the wire and cut away the excess.  Create another two bead piece to match this one.

step 3 - Attach the double bead set to the loop in the bail by opening the loop in the wire with pliers.  Close the loop.

step 3 - Attach the double bead set to the loop in the bail by opening the loop in the wire with pliers.  Close the loop.

step 4 - Cut a 3” piece of 18 gauge wire. Curve the wire over a round object.  Slip the wire through the loop in the bail.  On the work surface, position all the beads as they will be in the finished earring.  The vertical center of the side beads should be aligned between the two bead centerpiece.  Make a mark with a Sharpie indicating where the side bead loops will attach to the wire.

step 4 - Cut a 3” piece of 18 gauge wire. Curve the wire over a round object.  Slip the wire through the loop in the bail.  On the work surface, position all the beads as they will be in the finished earring.  The vertical center of the side beads should be aligned between the two bead centerpiece.  Make a mark with a Sharpie indicating where the side bead loops will attach to the wire.

step 5 - Remove the marked wire from the bail.  Grasp the mark with round nose pliers and create a loop.  Cut away excess.

step 5 - Remove the marked wire from the bail.  Grasp the mark with round nose pliers and create a loop.  Cut away excess.

step 6 - Open the loop and insert an earring wire.  Close the loop.

step 6 - Slip the other wire end back into the bail loop.  Create a loop on that end of the wire at the mark.

step 6 - Slip the other wire end back into the bail loop.  Create a loop on that end of the wire at the mark.

step 7 - Attach side beads to the two wire loops.  Let the earring hang to see if the side beads are even.  If necessary, bend them together slightly for balance.   Use alcohol to remove the Sharpie marks.

step 7 - Attach side beads to the two wire loops.  Let the earring hang to see if the side beads are even.  If necessary, bend them together slightly for balance.   Use alcohol to remove the Sharpie marks.

step 8 - Glue an earring post to the back of the bail near the top edge.  Allow the glue to set overnight.

step 8 - Glue an earring post to the back of the bail near the top edge.  Allow the glue to set overnight.

 


Supplies

At Amazon

  • ball tip headpins - 6
  • bead caps - 8
  • 14mm black beads - 8
  • jewelry bails - 2
  • jewelry pliers and cutters
  • 18 gauge round wire - 6”
  • E6000 adhesive
  • earring post - 2

Miscellaneous

  • Sharpie

 


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