Retired - Contempo Quatrefoil Earrings

PROJECT E683
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate

These striking earrings feature a wire wrapped quatrefoil and beautiful Austrian crystal ceramic marbled yellow bead. The shape of the quatrefoil is accentuated by the sparkling olivine bicones around 3 of the edges.

Instructions

Note: Components and tools listed within this INSTRUCTIONS box and the printer-friendly PDF, if available, may have been discontinued since this project was published. Refer to the PURCHASE COMPONENTS and TOOLS AND OTHER SUPPLIES sections for current availability.

Remember to double these directions to make your matched pair of earrings.
  1. Begin by watching the tutorial: How to Wire Wrap Beads onto a Form. This same technique is used to wire wrap the beads onto the focal Tierracast quatrefoil.
  2. Cut an 8" length of 26 gauge gold colored craft wire. On the edge of one of the quatrefoils arcs, make 3 tight wraps, add an Austrian crystal crystal 3mm bicone bead in olivine, make 2 tight wraps, add another bicone, make 2 more tight wraps, add a final bicone, and then make 3 more tight wraps. Snip off excess wire from both sides.
  3. Repeat the last step on two other sides of the quatrefoil. Make sure that your wire ends are all smoothed down and are on the same side of the quatrefoil.
  4. Take a 21 gauge gold plated head pin and snip the head off of the pin. Create a simple wire loop on the one end, noting that this will need to be able to be linked to the Tierracast contempo earring hooks. Thread onto the pin 1 Austrian crystal crystal 3mm bicone bead in olivine, 1 Austrian crystal 10mm round bead in marbled yellow, and another 3mm bicone. Create a simple wire loop after the last bead. Make sure that this loop is large enough to go over the side of your quatrefoil (non beaded side). Snip off any excess wire with flush cutters.
  5. Open the larger of your two simple wire loops, the same way you would open a jump ring. Slip this over the edge of the quatrefoil which is not beaded. Close the loop back up. Now attach the other simple wire loop to your contempo earring hooks. Close the loop. Make sure that when you hold your earring up, that your quatrefoil faces forward. If not, twist the beaded middle connector (with the marbled bead) until everything is lined up properly.
  6. All done! Enjoy!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • FCO-3152 - TierraCast Bright 22K Gold Plated Lead-Free Pewter Lg Quatrefoil Connector Link 22mm (2)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-1015 - 22K Gold Plated Earring Backs (Earnuts) Med. (100)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-1542 - TierraCast 22K Gold Plated Pewter Stud Earrings Contempo Hoops 19mm (1 Pair)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FHP-5220 - 22K Gold Plated Head Pins - 21 Gauge - 2 Inches (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWBB-1346 - Austrian Crystal, 5328 Bicone Beads 3mm, 25 Pieces, Olivine
    Project uses 22 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • WNT-2633 - Beadsmith Tarnish Resistant Gold Color Copper Wire 26 Gauge 34 Yards (31 Meters)
    Project uses 48 inches. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Additional Information
Ingredients FCO-3152, FEA-1015, FEA-1542, FHP-5220, SWBB-1346, WNT-2633,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. This project is RETIRED. 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.
TierraCast Bright 22K Gold Plated Lead-Free Pewter Lg Quatrefoil Connector Link 22mm (2 Pieces)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$3.65 / Package | SKU: FCO-3152
Earring Backs, Medium Clutch 6mm, 22K Gold Plated (50 Pairs)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pairs.
$10.99 / Package | SKU: FEA-1015
TierraCast 22K Gold Plated Pewter Stud Earrings Contempo Hoops 19mm (Pair)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Pair.
$4.99 / Package | SKU: FEA-1542
Head Pins, 2 Inches Long and 21 Gauge Thick, 22K Gold Plated (50 Pieces)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$6.29 / Package | SKU: FHP-5220
Wire Elements, Tarnish Resistant Gold Color Copper Wire, 26 Gauge 34 Yards (31 Meters)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$10.45 / Package | SKU: WNT-2633
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - For Cutting Beading Wire (1 Piece)
The Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$8.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514
The Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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