and Crystal Earrings Project
About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $10-15 as shown.
Inspired by spring, I wanted to make some lovely pink branch coral earrings. Here,
I created a simple wire loop and strung bugle beads with branch coral.
Then, I accented the design using the popular Swarovski crystal cube beads.
These are eye catching, unique, and fun to wear. You can use any color of
bugle beads and crystals that you like.
Want to make these earrings, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies
- 2 Headpins
- 6 Bali daisy spacers
- 8 bugle beads (I used a reflective peachy-pink color in my design)
- 2 Swarovski crystal cube beads (8mm) in your choice of colors. I used
Light Rose crystals in my design. Light
Rose Swarovski Crystal Beads on eBay
- 22 branch coral beads. Coral
Beads on eBay
- A length of sterling silver wire (thin gauge to fit through bead
- 2 earwires, french hooks, leverbacks or posts (your choice).
Because these earrings are dangly, I went with posts so they would stay
securely in place on the ears.
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Prepare crystal drop bead
Slide a daisy spacer and the crystal cube bead onto a headpin, and
make a loop.
Slide all beads onto silver wire.
Slide the bead onto a length (several inches) of sterling silver
wire. Make sure you have enough wire to work with on the ends,
because you will need to make a top loop to attach to your earring.
Add beads in this order:
1) 4 bugle beads
2) 4 coral beads
3) Add the Swarovski crystal cube bead
4) 4 coral beads
5) 4 bugle beads
Close the top of the wire loop together
Pull the ends of the wire together so they cross, and hold the top as
closely as possible to the beads with your pliers. Select one side
of wire to be the "stem" and one side to use to wrap with.
Bend the stem at a right angle with your chain nose pliers, and wrap the
tail wire around the stem a couple of times, and cut off the tail end
with flush cutters. This is very similar to the technique used to
wrap a briolette bead, so if you need more instructions, click
Add remaining beads and attach to earring component
Add the remaining beads to the stem. Slide a Bali spacer, 4
coral beads, and another Bali spacer onto the wire. Make a loop
with your round nose pliers, attach the loop through your earring
component, then close the loop.
That's it, now do the second earring the same way and
your new gorgeous coral earrings are ready to wear!
Matching Jewelry Set
Try this matching bracelet for a complete set!