Pearl Drop Briolette Earrings

earrings measure 2.25" long

earrings measure 2.25" long

Stunning is the appropriate word for these drop earrings made simply with pearls, wire, and a faceted midnight blue, glass briolette.  The cuts in the gems cause them to pick up light and change from midnight blue to a lighter, but still gorgeous blue.  An easy wrap you create with wire gives this project a nice little swing.  Make them in minutes.  You’ll never want to take them off.

 

Directions

step 1 - Cut a three inch piece of wire.  Slip it into the hole in the bead.  Bend the wire on both sides of the bead up to meet each other.

step 1 - Cut a three inch piece of wire.  Slip it into the hole in the bead.  Bend the wire on both sides of the bead up to meet each other.

step 2 - Take the shorter wire and wrap it around the longer one twice.  Cut away the excess from the wrap wire on the back side of the bead.  Bend the long wire if necessary to make it straight.

step 2 - Take the shorter wire and wrap it around the longer one twice.  Cut away the excess from the wrap wire on the back side of the bead.  Bend the long wire if necessary to make it straight.

step 3 - Insert the long wire into the pearl sliding it all the way to meet the wrap.

step 3 - Insert the long wire into the pearl sliding it all the way to meet the wrap.

step 4 - Create a loop in the wire above the pearl.  If you’re unsure of how to do this see the steps in Jewelry Making Tools and Techniques.

step 4 - Create a loop in the wire above the pearl.  If you’re unsure of how to do this see the steps in Jewelry Making Tools and Techniques.

step 5 - Hold the briolette firmly with one hand and with flat nose pliers in the other, twist the loop so both the briolette and the hole in the loop are facing forward.

step 5 - Hold the briolette firmly with one hand and with flat nose pliers in the other, twist the loop so both the briolette and the hole in the loop are facing forward.

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



Supplies

 

At Michaels

  • 25mm long briolette bead - 2
  • 18 gauge round wire - 6”
  • 15mm pearl bead - 2
  • earring wires - 2
  • At Amazon
  • jewelry pliers and cutters

 


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