I saw a pair of earrings on the website www.unoallavolta.com called Swarovski Crystal Rainbow Earrings. The retail price was $48 marked down from $98. I saw how simple they were, and set out to make a pair for myself. They are very light, and sparkle nicely. They would make a perfect gift. This is my first Instructable. If you like this, please vote.
Step 1: Tools You Will Need:
Round Nose Pliers
End Cutting Nippers
Flat Nose Pliers
Step 2: Supplies You Will Need:
2 shepherd hook earrings (aka fishhook earwire)
2 eye pins 1 inch long
10 headpins 1 inch long
4 spacer bars with 3 holes
18 square beads - any colour
6 bicone beads - any colour
Step 3: Make the Pendants:
I made the bicone pendants first, then put them aside until the end.
With the round nose pliers, a head pin, and one bicome bead, make either a simple loop or a wrapped loop, depending on your choice or experience level.
Beginners may find it easier to make simple loops.
You need 3 pendants per earring.
A simple loop is made by holding the wire with round nose pliers approximately 5 mm above the bicone bead and wrapping the wire toward you around one prong of the pliers until it is 90*to the vertical part of the headpin. With the end cutting nippers, trim off the the excess wire where they meet. The headpin should look like the letter 'P'.
A wrapped loop is a little more difficult to get a nice uniform look. Again, hold the headpin, with the bicone bead on it, with round nose pliers, approximately 5 mm above the bead. Make a 90* bend, to make it look like the letter P as above. Instead of trimming the excess, bend the tail counter clockwise around the vertical part of the headpin, and wrap it around twice between the loop and the bead. If there is any wire left sticking out, trim it with the end cutting nippers. Carefully squeeze the tail around the wire so you don't feel the sharp end. File it if necessary.
Repeat until all 6 bicone beads are done.
Step 4: Make the Main Body of the Earring:
Take one spacer bar, and slide the eyepin through the centre hole, and a headpin on either side.
Slide 3 square beads onto each pin.
Slide the second spacer bar and slide that onto all three pins. This can be a little tricky keeping everything together as everything wants to slide.
Bend each pin into a simple loop. Trim excess if necessary. Try to keep the beads tight between the spacer bars.
You will have a grid of 9 beads with one loop at the centre hole, which is the top of the earring, and 3 loops at the bottom, for the pendants to hang from.
Step 5: Add the Pendants:
Reopen each simple loop a little bit to slide the bicone pendant onto the loop. Close the loops with the pliers. Try to straighten and tighten anything that needs adjustments.
Add shepherds' hook to the top (centre) eyepin.
Step 6: Admire Your Handiwork!
Sit back, breathe,
(I tend to hold my breath when I'm really concentrating)
and admire your handiwork.