How to make dangling earrings – jewellery making tutorial
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Designed by: Monika Wojdyla
The earrings presented in this tutorial are not difficult to make. The most time-consuming part is cutting the chains, but what you wouldn’t do for unique jewellery. So, if you have a free time, make these lovely earrings with me.
Supplies used in this project:
- Earring bases – 38 mm round bases
- Earring wires – 19 mm open earring wires
- Clamshells – female ones with a hole of 1 mm
- Stoppers – 2 mm
- Chain – 2,5 x 2 mm ankier
- Jewellery pins – 30 mm eye pins, 42 pieces that make 3 packets (you may also use 20 mm pins, but I prefer cutting the pins)
- Jewellery balls – 2,4 mm
- Beads – 4 mm Fire Polish in Metallic Suede / Purple, Coated / Hot Cranberry, Milky / Pink, Matte / Lemon, Milky AB / Aquamarine, Transparent / Peridot, Opaque / Med Red
- Jewellery glue – rapid-drying glue, e.g. Super Glue
- Jewellery tools – long nose, diagonal and flatnose pliers (to clench the stoppers)
Let’s begin! In this tutorial, I will help you with my drawings to make the instructions easy to follow. Of course, the length of the chains, combinations, colours and a type of beads are just a suggestion. Do it as you like it.
It’s good to start with preparing the chains for one earring and put them on your table according to their sizes. This will make your work easier. I measure the chain counting the links, because due to the small differences in the length, even 1 link more makes your earring look different. Believe me. I had to destroy one while making this tutorial. So we need:
6 pieces of a chain with 4 links
12 pieces of a chain with 6 links
4 pieces of a chain with 7 links
2 pieces of a chain with 8 links
3 pieces of a chain with 9 links
3 pieces of a chain with 10 links
2 pieces of a chain with 12 links
Now, to the Fire Polish and eye pins. We will be connecting our chain tassels together.
I’ve drawn a scheme that shows how to connect the following chains. It makes your work easier when you need to make two identical earrings. The 1st tassel on the left is made of a chain with 4 links – 1 Fire Polish bead – a chain of 6 links (4 – FP – 6). The last chain in each tassel has got 6 links. Take the eye pin, open the loop gently, attach the chain and close the loop. Thread in 1 FP into this eye pin. If you need, cut out the unneeded part of the wire and make a loop on which another chain will be hung.
Connect the following chains and beads to make tassels the same way. It’s up to you how you put the colours in order. Make the colour be the main part of your work. You just need to remember to make a mirror image of the 2nd earring
Now we need to thread the tassels into the base. We need to bend a bit of the wire on the top of the circle to thread in the metal balls easily.
Start threading in the base with a ball, then thread in the 1st, the shortest chain, then a ball, another chain and continue adding these elements alternately.
Bend the wire again to close the base.
Attach a clamshell and a stopper to the sticking out wire. You may use flatnose pliers to make it easier. Clench the stopper (I recommend the flatnose pliers to do that) and put some glue on it. Close the clamshell with the pliers.
Open the loop of the earring wire gently and attach the clamshell to it. Close the loop – it’s done!
The order of colours and the length of chains don’t need to be identical. I tried to explain it to you in a way that will help you to save some time, because I spend a lot of time on placing the beads in order beads and measuring everything. Due to that, maybe you will make more colourful combinations. Or maybe, you will experiment with the sizes and types of beads. We’re waiting for your versions of these earrings and look forward to seeing them on our Facebook group.
Earrings pattern by AnniDesignsllc
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