Silver Leaf Pearl Earrings

Finished Size 10” x 11” x 3”
 

Gun metal pearls, silver leaves and pieces of chain make these dangle earrings an interesting addition to your collection.  These directions will guide you through this super simple project.  Sometimes the designs that look the most complicated are the easiest to make.  If you’re unsure of your jewelry making abilities, this is the one to try.  It will take about a half hour to assemble these eye-catchers.  After your first pair, you’ll want to make more using other colors.

Directions

step 1 - The silver leaves measure 1/2” long.  The gun metal beads are 8mm, but you can use slightly larger or smaller beads and not ruin the design.

step 1 - The silver leaves measure 1/2” long.  The gun metal beads are 8mm, but you can use slightly larger or smaller beads and not ruin the design.

step 2 - Thread a three-inch piece of 24 or 26 gauge wire into the leaf and bend it into a “U” shape.

step 2 - Thread a three-inch piece of 24 or 26 gauge wire into the leaf and bend it into a “U” shape.

step 3 - Slip a pearl over both ends of the wire and push it down to the leaf.

step 3 - Slip a pearl over both ends of the wire and push it down to the leaf.

step 4 - Create a chain section by threading the wire ends into a six link piece of the black chain.  Bend the wires down toward the leaf.

step 4 - Create a chain section by threading the wire ends into a six link piece of the black chain.  Bend the wires down toward the leaf.

step 5 - Bend the wires together, across the top of the pearl and wind them around 4 or 5 times between the pearl and chain.

step 5 - Bend the wires together, across the top of the pearl and wind them around 4 or 5 times between the pearl and chain.

step 6 - Cut the excess wire and flatten the ends to prevent scratching.

step 6 - Cut the excess wire and flatten the ends to prevent scratching.

step 7 - Create two more chain sections, this time with silver chain.  Silver sections are made with two chain links attached to the bead/leaf.

step 7 - Create two more chain sections, this time with silver chain.  Silver sections are made with two chain links attached to the bead/leaf.

step 8 - Each earring is made up of the chain sections pictured.  They should be in the following order:  3-link black, 2-link silver, 5-link silver, 6-link black, 5-link silver, 2-link silver, 3-link black.  Note that every other chain piece is just chain with no attachments. (sections are strung on wire for display purposes only)

step 8 - Each earring is made up of the chain sections pictured.  They should be in the following order:  3-link black, 2-link silver, 5-link silver, 6-link black, 5-link silver, 2-link silver, 3-link black.  Note that every other chain piece is just chain with no attachments. (sections are strung on wire for display purposes only)

step 9 - To complete, attach the seven chain sections (see photo in step 8) in order onto a large jump ring followed by a purchased earring wire.

step 9 - To complete, attach the seven chain sections (see photo in step 8) in order onto a large jump ring followed by a purchased earring wire.



Supplies

At Michaels

  • 24 or 26 gauge silver wire
  • wire earrings
  • 2 large jump rings
  • 6 six mm gunmetal pearls
  • black chain
  • silver chain
  • 6 half-inch silver leaves
  • wire cutters
  • jewelry pliers

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