Aqua and Silver Drop Earrings
Beautiful drops of aqua and clear AB crystals are suspended from linked jump rings in these lovely earrings. They may make look daunting to make, but our step-by-step directions make them a breeze to put together!
2 Pkg. of Aqua Fire Polished Crystals, 4mm (#16150) Qty:
3 Pkg. of Clear AB Czech Crystals, 4mm (#16171) Qty:
1 Pkg. of Silver Plated Flat French Hook Ear Wires (#50006) Qty:
1 Pkg. of Silver Plated Jump Rings, 4mm (#50040) Qty:
1 Pkg. of Thick Silver Plated Head Pins, 2”, 20 gauge (#50586) Qty:
1 Pkg. of Thick Silver Plated Eye Pins, 2”, 20 gauge (#50594) Qty:
Tools you will need (change quantity to 1 if
you need them):
Flat Chain Nose Pliers (#51016) Qty:
Round Nose Pliers (#51017) Qty:
Side Cutters (#51018) Qty:
Jump Ring Opener (#51082) Qty:
Step 1. (First we will get all our Head Pins and Eye Pins ready)
Onto each of 3 Eye Pins, place 1 Clear AB Crystal. These will be called Eye Pins #1.
Step 2. Taking one of the Eye Pins, grasp it with Round Nose Pliers right above the bead. Bend the Eye Pin toward you at just about a 90-degree angle. Grab the excess wire of the Eye Pin with your fingers, while still holding it in the same position with the Round Nose Pliers, and bring it around the one side of the Pliers in the opposite direction that you just bent the Pin. You will bring the wire completely around the one half of the Pliers so that a loop will be formed. Now you are going to grasp the loop with the Pliers, so that the loop lays flat inside the Nose of the Pliers (in other words, do not grasp the loop in the way that it will crush). Grab the excess wire with your fingers and gently, but firmly, wrap it around the base of the loop and the top of the crystal as desired. (Note: we wrapped the wire around 3 times and trimmed the small amount of excess wire.) Tuck any excess wire down against the bead with your Pliers.
Step 3. Repeat Step 2 for the other 2 of Eye Pins #1.
Step 4. Onto an Eye Pin, place an Aqua Crystal. This will be called Eye Pin #2
Step 5. Repeat Step 2.
Step 6. Onto an Eye Pin, place a Clear AB Crystal and an Aqua Crystal. We will call this Eye Pin #3.
Step 7. Repeat Step 2 for Eye Pin #3.
Step 8. Onto each of 3 Head Pins, place 1 Clear AB Crystal and 1 Aqua Crystal. We will call these Eye Pins #4.
Step 9. Repeat Step 2 with Eye Pins #4.
Step 10. Onto each of 2 Head Pins, place 1 Aqua Crystal and 1 Clear AB Crystal. These will be called Eye Pins #5.
Step 11. Repeat Step 2 with Eye Pins #5.
Step 12. Onto an Eye Pin, place 1 Clear AB Crystal, an Eye Pin #1, 1 Aqua Crystal, Eye Pin #2, 1 Clear Crystal, an Eye Pin #1, and an Aqua Crystal.
Step 13. Using Flat Nose Pliers, bend the piece of wire 90°. Using a wire cutter cut off the excess Head Pin leaving approximately 3/16". Carefully bend the 3/16" piece of wire into a loop, using Round Nose Pliers, and close the loop tightly.
(Note: for the following Steps, attach your Head Pins and Eye Pins so that the wire wrapping will be on the top)
Step 14. Using your Jump Ring Opener (or you can use Flat Nose Pliers if you do not have one) twist open a Jump Ring and insert it into one of the loops of the Eye Pin that you just finished. Place a Head Pin #5 onto the Jump Ring and twist it closed tightly.
Step 15. Repeat Step 14 with the loop at the opposite side of the Eye Pin and your other Head Pin #5.
Step 16. Twist open a Jump Ring and insert the loop from one of the Eye Pins #1 that is hanging and the loop from one of Head Pins #4. Twist the Jump Ring closed tightly.
Step 17. Repeat Step 16 with the other hanging Eye Pin #1 and another one of Head Pins #4.
Step 18. Twist open a Jump Ring and insert the loop from the hanging Eye Pin #2 and the last of Eye Pins #1. Twist the Jump Ring closed.
Step 19. Twist open a Jump Ring and insert the bottom loop of Eye Pins #1, that you just attached, and the last of Head Pins #4. Twist the Jump Ring closed.
Step 20. Twist open a Jump Ring and insert one of the loops at the end of the Eye Pin that you beaded in Step 12 (Note: be sure to attach the Jump Ring to the loop of the Eye Pin and not the loop of the Jump Ring that is already hanging off it). Place another Jump Ring onto the open Jump Ring and twist the Jump Ring closed.
Step 21. Twist open a Jump Ring and insert another Jump Ring and the Jump Ring that you just attached. Twist the Jump Ring closed.
Step 22. Repeat Step 21 until you have 7 Jump Rings linked together.
Step 23. Repeat Step 20 on the opposite side of the Eye Pin.
Step 24. Repeat Step 22.
Step 25. Twist open a Jump Ring and insert the 7th Jump Rings (the 2 last Jump Rings that you attached on either side) from both sides of the Eye Pin and Eye Pin #3 (the last finished Pin). Twist the Jump Ring closed.
Step 26. Twist open the loop from an Ear Wire and insert the loop at the top of Eye Pin #3. Twist the loop of the Ear Wire closed tightly.
Step 27. Repeat the above Steps for the second earring. Enjoy!