How to make grape cluster earrings. A jewellery making tutorial
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Designed by: Edyta Rogowska
I will show you how to make earrings that look like a grape cluster in a timely fashion.
I’ve used bicone crystals, but the earrings will look beautifully if you use Firepolish crystals or glass pearls. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Depending on the materials, the earrings will be a perfect complement not only to a night out dress, but also for an everyday outfit.
Ready? So let’s stitch!
- Crystals – in 3 sizes: 3mm, 4mm and 6mm. I’ve chosen lustered yellow lemon. 34 x 3mm crystals (17 per one earring), 36 x 4mm crystals (18 per one earring), 26 x 6mm crystals (13 per one earring). (You can use CrystaLove bicones too)
- Earrings – open earring wires, silver colour
- Chain – with small links, e.g. a 3x2mm curb chain
- Headpins – 20mm ball end pins – two packs
- Jewellery tools – diagonal pliers, round nose pliers and cyrclip pliers
Cut 2x 6cm length of chain – make sure there are 30 links on each of them.
Open the bottom ring in the earring wire and slip it through the chain. Repeat that with the 2nd earring wire.
String each crystal onto the pins. 20mm pins are a bit too long, so cut them 7-8mm above the crystals using the diagonal pliers.
Bend the tail end of the head pins using round nose pliers to make a loop – it will help you to hang the crystals on to the chain.
As you have made all the loops, it’s time to attach the crystals to the chain. Start with the smaller ones. Using the cyrclip pliers, open the loop and slide the crystal onto the 1st link of the chain. Close the loop.
Attach the following crystals to both sides alternately. Do it thinly at the beginning, adding a crystal every 2-3 links, then densely – adding 2 crystals to each link. Having that long earring, I hung 1 bead on the 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th link.
Starting from the 13th link, attach two crystals to each link.
As you have attached all of the 17 small crystals, your earring should look like his.
Continue attaching the bigger crystals. Attach 2 crystals to each link – one on each side.
As you have attached the bigger crystals to all of the links, there are 5 biggest crystals left. Attach them to the bottom ring of the earring wire to make the cluster fuller.
Repeat all the steps to make the 2nd earring.
What do you think? Show us your version of the grape cluster!
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