Monday, April 07, 2014

Chain and pearl earrings

Could you use a pair of earrings that are a snap to put together and that will use up some of the odds and ends of chains that you have lying around?  It took me just over an hour to put these together, but now that I know how to do it, I bet it would be quicker for a second pair! ;-)

Materials and Tools

Random chains, including rhinestone cup chain
Pearls or other accent beads
Head pins
Craft wire
MicroWrap wire
Bead caps
Twisted jump rings (20 gauge, 8 mm)
Earring wires

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Tape measure

1. Cut your chains to the lengths you desire.  I chose to cut mine between 2 1/2 and 3 inches.  Put each pearl on a head pin and turn a wrapped loop.

2. Use the MicroWrap wire to create a loop for the cup chain.  Wrap around the last link and turn a small circle around the narrow end of your round nose pliers.

3. Turn the beginning of a wrapped loop on the end of a 3 inch piece of craft wire.  Pick up the chain ends and close the loop.

4. Add the pearls using decorative twisted jump rings.

5. Thread the wire up through a bead cap and turn another wrapped loop, adding the ear wires.  I decided to use slightly heavier ear wires than are pictured in the materials shot near the top.  Style is up to you!  

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Berina RGA said...

this is lovely!!! and thanks for sharing the tutorial as well!!
Moxie Craftie

Olena said...

Very cute earrings!

Cyndi L said...

Thanks guys! Even though they're sort of dressy, I've been wearing them a LOT!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Lovely! Boy, you have some pretty bling in your stash.

Jean said...

Love them! xox jean

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