Monday, June 20, 2016

Ice Crystal Earrings

Tiered earrings made on a chandelier fitting add a touch of elegance to an otherwise casual outfit. Teamed with a T-shirt and jeans you can dress up your look quickly and easily with a pair of long, dangly chandelier earrings. 

Crystal chandelier earrings don't need to be really elaborate to give you the look - you only need a few sparkly crystals for a really pretty effect! You can put this pair together in under half an hour.
Swarovski crystals make these simple chandelier earrings really sparkle.

Here's what you'll need:
Tools: round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters.
Beads and findings required to make sparkly chandelier earrings

Put half of all the supplies aside for the second earring. 

Prepare the Bead Dangles

String a 6mm bicone on the eye pin, and all the remaining crystals on the ball head pins. 
If your chandelier component has an internal component, string a 4mm blue bicone on a fine nail headpin.

Bend each pin just above the bead at a 90° angle and trim to 8mm (5/16").
Crystals strung on head pins, trimmed and bent at an angle ready for loop forming

Turn a simple loop on each one. 
If your chandelier component has an internal loop, then also do this: Make the loop on the nail headpin small enough that the crystal doesn't hang too low on the inside of the chandelier or it won't dangle.

Turning a simple loop on an eye pin strung with a blue crystal

Attach a 4mm crystal dangle to the 6mm bicone.
Attaching a bicone drop to an eye loop crystal

Assemble the Earrings

Connect two oval jump rings together and attach them to the second loop of the chandelier component.

Open the loop of another 4mm crystal and attach it to the bottom jump ring. Repeat this step on the 4th loop of the chandelier component.
Attaching jump rings to the loops of the chandelier fitting

Attach the loop of the 6mm crystal to the centre loop.
Attaching the central crystal dangles to the chandelier first and working your way to the outside loops.

Attach a 4mm bicone (the ones on the ball head pins) to the two outer loops.
Chandelier fitting with all the beaded components attached.

Optional: If your chandelier component has an inside loop, attach the dangle. To do that, open the loop of the crystal on the nail head pin and hook it through the loop. It might be fiddly so you open the loop quite wide so you can hook the loop of the pin through the loop of the component.
Attach a focal crystal to the central loop of the chandelier component

Hook the chandelier component onto the earring wire and securely close it by pressing the ball hook against the earring wire.
Hook the top loop of the chandelier component onto the earring wire.

Use the remaining components to make a matching earring and then admire your pretty, sparkly Ice Crystal Earrings.

'Til next time.....

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