Chandelier earrings are easy to make once you've mastered the one loop and two loop head and eye pin techniques, because really that's all there is to making these earrings.
The pattern on the left (which is what we are doing in craft group on Thursday), "Pretty in Purple", shows the use of a chandelier earring base. You can make your own, but that's a topic for another day.
6 - 6 mm round beads
12 - 4 mm bead caps
6 small bicone clear crystals
2 purple small glass beads (6/0 I think they're called)
2 white small glass beads (again, 6/0?)
6 - 2 inch (5 cm) long head pins
10 - 4 mm jump rings
2 chandelier earring forms (from Strung Out on Beads - 12 for $6.00)
2 shepherd hook earrings (plastic ones from Strung Out on Beads - 12 for $2.00, metal ones are cheaper!)
HOW TO MAKE THESE
You will need to make three charms per earring.
Make four of these charms on a 2 inch head pin: bead cap, round purple bead, bead cap, bicone crystal. Make a loop at the top.
Make two of these charms on a 2 inch head pin: bead cap, round purple bead, bead cap, bicone crystal, purple seed bead, white seed bead. Make a loop at the top.
Open a jump ring and thread it through the top of your charm, then thread the jump ring through one of the loops at the bottom of the chandelier form. Do this for the other charms.
Put a jump ring in the top of the chandelier earring form, and thread this through the loop in the earring.
Repeat the above, and you're done! Wear and rejoice!
There are hundreds of different types of earring forms you can buy, and it really is hard to choose until you've made your first pair. The hardest part about making chandelier earrings is the balance of the bead charm lengths. You will want to make sure the dangly bits aren't completely even, so use your tiny crystals and seed beads to make the charms longer.
CHANDELIER EARRING PROJECTS
When you're strolling about the Internets looking for ideas, you don't have to use the form they suggest. You can use any form you want, providing it gives you the length you desire.
- Pink Chandelier Earrings or Sterling and Blueberry Earrings (Rings & Things)
- Salmon Chandelier Earrings (Rings & Things - this project requires you know the two loop technique for the middle post. Putting the gem in the middle of the earring requires that you have a chandelier form that has a loop on the inside!)
- Diamond Shaped Pink Chandelier Earrings (Fire Mountain - you can get this earring form from Wal-Mart or Michael's! I have a few of these and they are lovely forms!)
- Amethyst Chandelier Earrings (Fire Mountain - again, you can get these forms at Wal-Mart or Michael's. These are very elaborate, but you'd just thread some beads onto the chandelier form, then add the charm, thread some more, add the charm.)
- Sapphire Fibre Optic Chandelier Earrings (Rings & Things - you don't need to wire wrap the ends of your loops, just do it the basic way...we'll do the wire looping in the future!)
- Antiquity (Fusion Beads)
- Orange Blossom Earrings (Fusion Beads - you can get these ring forms at Wal-Mart.)
- Spumoni (Fusion Beads - this is a variation with rings!)
- Sweet Sage (Fusion Beads - using two chandelier forms per earring. These types of forms can be called filigree).