Monday, August 6, 2012

Filigree Wrapped Crystal Earrings

Crystals and filigrees are a classic combination, perfect for evening wear or a special occasion like a wedding. These sparkly earrings are the finishing touch to tie your whole outfit together.

Look how easy it is to get this timeless look.
Crystal and gold filigree earrings

All you need is: 
A string of clear crystal briolettes, a round gold filigree and a curved fold filigree

As it's not always possible to get the exact supplies I used, you may need to source something different. Here's what to look for:
  • crystal teardrop 
    • measures 10mm x 20mm and 
    • has a hole across the top
  • gold filigree (in the photo above, the filigree on the right started out just like the one on the left)
    • 25mm diameter
    • made of soft metal
    • has loops around the outside (for dangling from the earring wire)
Choose a round filigree that is slightly larger in diameter than the height of the crystal. 
I used a 25mm filigree to wrap a 20mm crystal teardrop.

Place the crystal on the filigree so that it sits just at or below the bottom of the filigree. Make sure you have left yourself a point at the top where you will be able to attach it to the earring wire. For this one, I've made sure I had a loop in the centre.
A clear crystal briolette sitting on a round gold filigree

Gently press the sides up and around the crystal. If you have chosen a soft metal, you can do this with your fingers. If your filigree is harder you will need to use round nose pliers to help.
Gently curving the round gold filigree around the crystal briolette

Keep working the filigree until it completely encases the crystal.
The crystal briolette sitting snugly inside the curved filigree

Remove the crystal from the filigree and thread it onto the centre of a 10cm (4") length of wire. 

Bring the two sides of the wire together above the crystal and twist them together twice to secure. Then draw the ends through the top of the filigree. Separate the ends and wrap them around the loop several times to secure and trim away the excess. 

String a sparkly crystal bicone on an eye pin, form a simple loop and then attach it to the earring wire. 

To add a bit more sparkle to your earrings, try a crystal-set earring wire.
Elegant gold filigree and clear crystal briolette earrings

And that's all there is to it..... filigree wrapped crystal earrings that are simple, elegant and timeless!

If you're really pushed for time, you can skip the shaping part of the tutorial by using cone-shaped filigrees like these:

More elegant earring designs
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Ice Crystal Chandelier earrings
Pavé Sapphire earrings
Bohemian Sapphire earrings

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Filigree Wrapped earrings inspiration sheet

'Til next time.......

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  1. Gorgeous! Where do you get your filagree?

    1. Thank you.
      I can't recall where I bought this particular one, but it was most likely from my local big box craft store. I don't know where you live but in Australia, that would be Spotlight; in the US, it would be Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann, etc.
      They're usually available in packs, on a card or in a strand.


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