Making chandelier earrings is a great craft that is easy to use. Best of all you can make chandelier earrings for a fraction of the costs of store bought ones. These special and unique earrings never seem to go out of style. Keep in mind to make chandelier earrings; you use some kind of metal chandelier finding to attach to the earring hook. This chandelier finding will allow you to have multiple drops and helps spaces them out for you. The effect of having these many drops falling down from the metal finding looks like a real chandelier, and that is how they get their name! So if you want to try your hand at this special technique of jewelry making here is what you need to know about how to make chandelier earrings-
The first step is to choose your beads. For a traditional look, you should use pearls and crystal beads, or for a funky look use brightly colored plastic beads. Keep in mind the more sparkly the beads are the more light-catching they will be as you wear them. IN addition keep in mind that by buying eye-pins and head-pins of the smallest size, you should not need to cut off any excess. The entire post of metal that sticks out of the bead will be needed to make each loop.
What you will need:
- 2 chandelier findings (The ones used in this example are triangle shaped, 7 drops, with another drop at the apex of the triangle)
- 26 small oval shaped plastic pearl beads (white)
- 12 small crystal beads (clear)
- 6 medium crystal beads (clear)
- 16 small head-pins
- 28 small eye-pins
- 4 jump-rings
- 2 earring hooks
Instructions for the project:
Take one oval pearl bead, and slide it onto an eye-pin. Place the pliers immediately above the bead and bend the wire of the eye-pin above the bead at a 90 degree angle to the rest of the pole. Then carefully re-position the pliers at the end of the eye-pin, and roll back to create an open loop. Gently hook the open loop through the first hole on the chandelier finding, and close it with the pliers. Repeat this process for each of the seven holes along the chandelier finding, still using the oval pearl bead for each drop.
The next step is to take a medium crystal bead, and slide it onto an eye-pin. Using your pliers make a loop and hook this onto the middle hole of the chandelier finding. Take a small crystal bead, and slide it onto an eye-pin. Make a loop as described above and hook this onto the first hole of the chandelier finding beneath the oval pearl bead already on the drop. Repeat this process for every drop across the chandelier finding except the middle one-this should have the medium crystal bead on it already. Take another medium crystal bead and put it onto a head-pin. Make a loop using the method described above and hook this onto the middle drop of the chandelier finding, below the other medium crystal bead you already have on that drop. Take an oval pearl bead, and place it on a head-pin. Make a loop using the process described above and hook this onto the first drop of the chandelier finding beneath the two beads you have on this drop already.
Repeat this process for every drop across the chandelier finding except the middle one – this should have a medium crystal bead on it already. Open a jump-ring, and hook it into the drop that is in the apex of the chandelier finding. Take a medium crystal bead and put it on a head-pin. Make a loop using the method described above and hook this onto the jump-ring in the apex of the chandelier finding. Open another jump-ring, and connect it to the loop on top of the chandelier finding. Be sure to keep the jump-ring open while you thread on an earring hook, and close the jump-ring. You will also want to make sure that the chandelier finding is facing the right way on the earring hook. The first earring is complete. You will need to repeat the entire process for the other earring.