Monday, October 26, 2015

Bridesmaid's Jewellery - Baroque-Style Earrings

In the last two posts, I shared the bracelets the Creative Bride gave to her bridesmaids. To complete their outfits, she also gave them matching baroque-style earrings.

These romantic earrings have a glowing red heart captured inside the filigree and even though they look ornate, they are a simple and easy design and they take just minutes to make.

Vintage style filigree earrings

Here's what you'll need:
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
Working from the wire spool, place the last 3mm (1/8") of the wire in the jaws of the flat nose pliers and bend it at a 60° angle. This will make the first prong of a triangle jump ring.
Wire end placed inside the flat nose pliers

Move the pliers to the other side of the bend you just made and bend the wire on the other side of the pliers at a 60° angle. This is the first side of the triangle.
Bending the wire in flat nose pliers to form the first side of a triangle jump ring.

Reposition the pliers again on the other side of the angle and bend again at 60°. This is the second side of the triangle.
Flat nose pliers forming the second side of a triangle jump ring

Place the pliers on the other side of the angle and bend the wire at 60° to create the second prong.
Flat nose pliers forming the prongs of a triangle jump ring

Trim the wire to 2mm (1/16"). Trim the first prong to 2mm also.
Triangle jump ring on a bead mat

 Insert one prong inside the Swarovski drop......
Inserting the prong into a red tear drop bead

..... and then the other. Squeeze them together gently to secure the drop.
Red teardrop bead on a triangle jump ring

Attach a 3mm jump ring to the triangle.
Attaching the jump ring to the triangle jump ring with a dangling red teardrop bead

Insert the jump ring into the bottom loop of a Tombac drop.
Pliers connecting the tear drop bead component to the Tombac filigree component

Place a second Tombac drop on top and close the jump ring.
Adding another Tombac filigree onto the jump ring to create a filigree cage

The two drops should form a cage.
Assembled filigree cage with teardrop crystal attached

Open the cage out flat.
Open filigree cage with connected red teardrop crystal

Place a heart bead inside the cage with the point facing toward the top loop.
Red glass heart bead sitting on open filigree cage

Close the cage.
Tombac filigree cage with red heart captured inside

Open the loop of the earring wire and hook on the two Tombac filigrees.
Filigree cage connected together with jump ring

Make the second earring to match. 

So elegant and so easy!

Here's the completed ensemble that each of the bridesmaids wore: bracelet, earrings, faux fur wrap and bouquet.
Wedding bouquety of full blown white roses, gold filigree bracelet and earrings sitting on white faux fur stole on dark wooden table.

The next instalment in the Wedding Collection will be the Creative Bride's jewellery so don't forget to check back to see it.

Happy jewellery making!

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