Chandelier Earring Crafts

Beaded chandelier earrings are relatively easy to make. Save on supplies by substituting materials.

Beaded chandelier earrings are relatively easy to make. Save money on supplies by substituting materials. For example, instead of using gold jewelry components, use gold-plated or gold-tone components. Use faux-pearl beads instead of real pearls, and glass beads instead of expensive crystal beads.

Below, you will find instructions for making 5 different chandelier earring sets. Repeat all steps to make the second earring.

To manipulate your jewelry components, use two pairs of pliers: round-nose pliers to form loops, and flat-jaw pliers to close jump rings. When trimming head pins, leave enough length to make a loop at the end. Use a pair of flush cutters to trim them down, and use jump rings to connect your head pins to chandelier components.

Something to remember when you shop for chandelier components at craft stores and jewelry supply stores: chandelier components are often referred to as "hangers", or "drops".

1 - Silver and Black Antique

2 long, triangular, 3-part fillagreed chandelier components in antique silver-tone

several small black bicone beads (glass or plastic)

2 silver-tone ear wires

6 silver-tone head pins

8 silver-tone jump rings

The number of beads that you use for this project depends on the length of your head pins. Make them as long or as short as you desire.

1) Trim your head pins down to size.

2) Slip 3 beads onto the head pins.

3) Use 3 jump rings to attach the head pins to the a fillagreed component.

4) Use 1 jump ring to attach the ear wire to the completed component.

2 - Dangling Chains

2 square 3-part silver-tone or silver-plated chandelier components

6 faceted glass beads: 2 of any color, and 4 of a darker shade of that same color

6 lengths of silver-tone or silver-plated chain, 2 1 inch, and 4 3/4 inch

2 silver-tone or silver plated ear wires

6 silver-tone or silver-plated head pins

8 silver-tone or silver plated jump rings

For this earring project, purchase a 10 inch length of chain. The excess chain will allow room for experimentation and error.

1) Use flush- cutters to cut your length of chain into 6 shorter lengths: 2 1 inch lengths, and 4 3/4 inch lengths.

2) Trim down your 6 head pins.

3) Take a lighter-shaded bead and slip it onto a head pin. Attach this head pin to a 1 inch length of chain.

4) Attach the other 4 beads to the 3/4 lengths of chain.

4) Once you have the chains finished, attach a 1 inch length to the chandelier component's center using a jump ring. Attach the shorter lengths to the left and right of the center, also using jump rings.

6) Use a jump ring to attach the ear wire to the finished chandelier component.

3 - Gold and Pearl

2 gold-tone 5-way chandelier components, each with 4 hangers on the bottom, and 1 in the center

10 faux-perl tear-drop beads: 2 large beads, and 8 smaller beads

2 gold-tone ear wires

10 gold-tone head pins

12 gold-tone jump rings

Chose gold-tone chandelier components in a classic style. Look for something elegant that will work well with pearls.

1) Trim 8 head pins to fit the smaller pearl beads, and 2 head pins to fit the larger beads.

2) Slip 1 large faux-pearl bead onto it's head pin, and use a jump ring to attach the bead to the center of the gold-tone component.

3) Slip 4 small faux-pearl beads onto their head pins, and use jump rings to attach them to the bottom of the gold-tone component.

4) Use 2 jump rings to attach the 2 ear wires to their components.

4 - Brass

2 round 7-way brass-plated chandelier components

14 small brass or brass-plated beads

2 brass-tone ear wires

16 brass-plated head pins

14 brass jump rings

1) Start by trimming the 14 head pins to fit your brass beads.

2) Take 14 brass beads, and slip it onto a the head pins, 1 bead for each.

3) Attach 7 head pins to a chandelier component using a brass jump ring.

4) Attach the 2 brass-tone ear wire to it's complete component.

5 - Spirals

2 triangular 3-way silver-plated or silver-tone chandelier components, with 2 hangers at the bottom, and 1 at the center

6 round, semi-transparent glass or plastic beads in any color

2 silver-plated or silver-tone ear wires

a small spool of dead-soft or half-hard jeweler's wire (18-22 gauge)

2 silver-plated or silver-tone head pins

16 jump rings

Keep all your spirals on one earring swirling in the same direction. The spirals of the other earring should swirl in the opposite direction.

1) Start by cutting your wire into 8 lengths.

2) Use the round-nose pliers to curl 1 length of wire into a spiral. Curl the spiral against a smooth surface to keep it flat. Make sure that the spiral fits inside the triangular component with enough room to dangle. Repeat this step with another length of wire.

3) Trim the end of the spiral and create a small loop there. Repeat this step.

3) Curl the remaining 6 lengths of wire into smaller spirals, making them about 1/2 the size of the large spirals.

4) Add a round bead to the end of a small spiral, trim the wire, then create a small loop at the end. Repeat this step with the other 5 spirals.

5) Use a jump ring to attach a large spiral to the center of the triangular component.

6) Attach a smaller beaded-spiral to the triangular component using a jump ring. Repeat this step with the other 2 beaded-spirals.

7) Attach an ear wire to the completed component.

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