Retired - Crystalline Christmas Earrings

PROJECT E8032
Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
Shine it on this holiday season with these sparkling tiered earrings! Swarovski crystal bicones and cup chain are elegantly wire wrapped onto gold-filled links, framing a rich scarlet briolette drop.
Instructions
By following the instructions below, you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring.
  1. If you are new to wire wrapping, please watch our video: How to Wire Wrap Cup Chain onto an Open Frame Pendant. Begin by cutting 1 foot of 26 gauge gold-filled wire, and attach the wire half-way up the side of your larger pendant frame by coiling 3 times around the frame. Clip the extra wire.
  2. Cut a length of size 24pp Swarovski rhinestone cup chain 13 links long (approximately 2.5 inches), and line up the chain along the side of your pendant frame starting with the first rhinestone link at your coiled attachment point. Follow along with the video to wire wrap each rhinestone onto your frame. Please note: instead of attaching the chain along the outer edge of the form as shown in the video, you will be attaching the chain along the side of your pendant frame facing forward (see photo for reference). Once you have finished wire wrapping all 13 rhinestones onto the pendant frame, coil 3 times around the frame after your last rhinestone to secure your work, and clip the extra wire.
  3. Next, please watch our video: How to Wire Wrap Beads Onto a Form. Cut another foot of wire and attach the wire half-way up the side of your smaller pendant frame, the same way you did in Step 1. Using what you have learned in the video, wire wrap eight 3mm Swarovski crystal emerald bicones along the bottom of your frame (see photo for reference). After your last bead, coil 3 times around the frame and clip the extra wire.
  4. Now you may want to reference this video on how to wrap a briolette. Cut 3 inches of wire, and follow along with the video to create the first half of your wire wrap above your scarlet Swarovski crystal briolette. String on one 3mm emerald bicone, then create the second half of your wire wrap, remembering to latch the loop of your wire wrap onto the top inner loop of your pendant frame before coiling the wrap closed (see photo for reference).
  5. Finally, use pliers to open the bottom loop of your earring hook the same way you would open a jump ring. Slide on the tops of both your pendant frames, making sure that the cup chain is facing forward. Close the loop. Enjoy your earrings!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • SWC-46580 - Swarovski Crystal, 6010 Briolette Pendants 13x6.5mm 2 Pieces, Scarlet
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWBB-1350 - Swarovski Crystal, 5328 Bicone Beads 3mm, 25 Pieces, Emerald
    Project uses 18 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FCO-104 - Pear Shaped Open Frame Link, 39.5x27mm / 18 Gauge Thick, 1 Piece, 14K Gold Filled
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • FCO-094 - Teardrop Shaped Open Frame Link, with Two Rings 32.5x20mm, 1 Piece, 14K Gold Filled
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • WGF-12634 - 1/2 Oz (41 Ft) Gold Filled Wire 26 Gauge -Round-Half Hard
    Project uses 4.5 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • CHA-2021 - SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Gold Plated Rhinestone Cup Chain 24PP Crystal - BY THE FT.
    Project uses 5 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-007 - French Ear Wire, with 1.5mm Ball End 27x11mm, 2 Pieces, 14K Gold Filled
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
Additional Information
Theme Winter, Vintage Look, Special Occasion, Christmas
Ingredients SWC-46580, SWBB-1350, FCO-104, FCO-094, WGF-12634, CHA-2021, FEA-007,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Please review project instructions carefully—some items may no longer be available for this project and will not be listed below. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Swarovski Crystal, #6010 Briolette Pendants 13x6.5mm 2 Pieces, Scarlet
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$5.25 / Package | SKU: SWC-46580
Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 3mm, 25 Pieces, Emerald
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 25 Pieces.
$3.65 / Package | SKU: SWBB-1350
1/2 Oz (41 Ft) Gold Filled Wire 26 Gauge -Round-Half Hard
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1/2 Ounce Coil.
$59.29 / Package | SKU: WGF-12634
Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Cup Chain, 24PP, Gold Plated/Crystal, by the Foot
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = By The Foot.
$12.39 / Package | SKU: CHA-2021
French Ear Wire, with 1.5mm Ball End 27x11mm, 2 Pieces, 14K Gold Filled
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$4.99 / Package | SKU: FEA-007
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Tools and Other Supplies:

The Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$7.79 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514
The Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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