Swarovski Crystal Earrings




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.
You're done!

Step 6: Admire Your Handiwork!

Sit back, breathe,
(I tend to hold my breath when I'm really concentrating)
and admire your handiwork.  



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    7 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I think you meant to attach some of your pictures to your other steps. At the moment, they're all on the Intro in "slideshow" format.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. You are quite right, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. Advice is welcome.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Im just at the beginning of starting out wanting to make earrings . Im at home alone and my husband is gone all day. Please tell me where to start and a website to go to. I need a venue to make money. I wish I knew someone who would let me market ther earrings too. Any ideas from you would be great. I love your work. Sincerely Teresa Turnipseed


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Teresa, I just private messaged you a long-winded reply that I thought was too long to post here. Basically, it was go to a bead store that would help teach you how to put something together at the store with their tools. Buy the fewest basic tools, and maybe a beginners beading magazine or book. Wear you own stuff and make some for family & friends. Ask a store to sell your stuff, and offer them a healthy cut, for their overhead. Check out Etsy & Ebay. Ask questions! Thank you so much for the positive feedback. I hope my experience can benefit you somehow. Good Luck!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    When you view the I'ble, you 'll see a box labelled "Author Options," where you can choose to Edit.

    At each step, just add images from your library. You can put the same image on multiple steps, and you can add little popup boxes (look at the Image Notes link).

    You can also go back to the Intro, and remove images you don't want to have there. They'll still be in your library, just not on that step.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much for your help. It wasn't immediately clear to me what I was doing wrong. Thanks for getting me on the right track. :)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You're quite welcome! Great that you've found such a lovely project to put up as your first I'ble :-)