Thursday, April 5, 2012

DIY Tutorial: Chandelier Crystal Earrings



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I have A LOT of jewelry supplies lying around. Since I am trying to save money, I'm going to go ahead and use the things I already have to do tutorials with. Jewelry tutorials are the easiest for me to make since I have been making jewelry for almost 10 years now. Plus, it's pretty AND you get to wear it while having the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself (which is especially awesome when you get compliments on it!).

I wanted to do a pair of chandeliers for this post for a few reasons. The first is that it is not much more difficult than some of the other earrings I have done tutorials for on this site. (Check out: Christmas Tree Earrings to see what I mean). It's essentially the same thing really. It just takes longer and you have to repeat steps multiple times.

I chose to do my earrings with Swarovski crystal. Swarovski beads are pretty expensive though, so if you don't already have some on hand, you can use pretty much any bead as long as they will fit nicely in the frames you choose. You can also pick any frames you like. There are usually a few different types at craft stores.


Materials:

- A pair of chain nose pliers
- A pair of round nose pliers
- A pair of cutters
- 2 Chandelier frames
- Headpins (one for each loop on your chandelier frames)
- Beads (I used 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm Swarovski crystal but you can choose whatever you want as long as they are small enough to fit in the frames).
- 2 Earring wires


Directions:

Step 1: Place beads you want for the center of your chandelier on an headpin. Grab the end of the head pin (the end with no head) and bend it at the top of the beads. Be careful not to do it too aggressively, or the top crystal may crack. You will want to make sure that there is room for the headpin and the beads in the middle of your chandelier. If the headpin is too long, or the beads are too large, the piece will not dangle correctly.

Step 2: Next, take the round nose pliers and grab the head pin at the top of the beads. Make sure it is as close to the beads as possible without actually touching the top bead. Grab the end of the head pin and bend it around the looping pliers, pulling to make a round shape with the wire.


Step 3: Next, cut off the excess wire leaving some room to complete the rest of the loop.


Step 4: Finally, use the chain nose pliers to bend the wire into a complete loop. I find it easiest to push up at the same time as bending to make a nice even loop. This step can be difficult if you've never made jewelry before, so you may want to practice on some empty head pins before trying it. Okay, so now push the loop closed. This piece is finished.


Step 5: Repeat this process with all other dangling pieces. How many beads you put on which loop in the chandelier frames is entirely up to you. I decided to keep it simple and put two larger beads for the middle piece and one small bead on each bottom loop (see photos). You can be creative and put as many as you'd like for each loop. Just make sure they will dangle correctly and not get stuck when they hang. Attach pieces as you make them by opening the loop you made on the headpins and closing them around the loops on the chandelier frames using a pair of chain nose pliers.


Step 6: Once all your pieces are on the frames, open the earring wires and slip the frames onto them. Close them with the chain nose pliers.



You're done!


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8 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the simplicity of your designs and your great advice about making all types of things. I would like to honor you with a Liebster Award. Please check http://capriciousbutterfly.blogspot.com/2012/05/oh-my-award.html for more details, and thanks again!

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  2. These are lovely, I like the chandelier style.

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  3. beautiful and great tutorial easy to understand for a beginner

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  4. awesome and simple for beginners luv them

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  5. You have shared a very nice step by step process of making crystal earrings. These really helpful to any one to make this type of pieces. If you are also interested to know about celebs fashion and style then may go for Tresor Paris News Coverage for your online help.

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  6. Beautiful can the crystal on the head pins----the bottom of the frame be made longer?

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