Retired - Opalite Crescendo Earrings

Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Make a smashing fashion statement while wearing these dramatic earrings. Intricately detailed connector beads have been cleverly connected together to form an intriguing centerpiece from which sparkly faceted glass briolettes have been hung.
By following the directions below, you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring.
  1. Begin by watching the video: How to Use TierraCast Bails for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Briolettes.
  2. Based upon what you learned in the video, attach a TierraCast bail to one of your faceted glass briolettes. Repeat this step with another 4 bails and another 4 briolettes. Set these aside for now.
  3. To make the main part of your earring, you will be connecting 4 TierraCast clover connector beads together via their side loops using jump rings. Please look closely at the photo of this project to get a better idea of how they are connected.
  4. The easiest way to build this center piece is to create a square with 4 connectors. Lay 4 connectors out on your table so that you have a square that is 2 connectors long and 2 connectors high. At each of their join points, where their loops meet each other, link them together with a jump ring. In the center, you will be linking the squares top to bottom and side to side, not diagonally. Please see photo.
  5. Once you have your centerpiece created, rotate it on your table so that it looks like a diamond instead of a square. Along the two bottom sides of your diamond, there should be 5 loops available to hang your briolettes from. Hang a briolette (with bail) from each loop using a jump ring for each.
  6. Open the loop at the base of your earring hook, the same way you would open a jump ring, and link this to the top loop on your diamond centerpiece. Close the loop back up.
  7. Enjoy!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • FJR-5454 - Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 4mm 22 Gauge (50)
    Project uses 26 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BCP-11034 - Glass Faceted Heart Cut Briolette Beads 8x8mm - Opalite (4)
    Project uses 10 pieces. You will need 3 packages.

  • FCO-4739 -
    Project uses 8 pieces. You will need 4 packages.

  • FCO-3015 - TierraCast Fine Silver Plated Pewter Bail for 11mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Briolette (4)
    Project uses 10 pieces. You will need 3 packages.

  • FEA-3025 - Silver Plated Long Elegant Earring Hooks (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Additional Information
Theme Special Occasion, Bridal
Ingredients FJR-5454, BCP-11034, FCO-4739, FCO-3015, FEA-3025,

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.
Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 4mm 22 Gauge (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$1.79 / Package | SKU: FJR-5454
Fine Silver Plated Pewter Bail for 11mm Swarovski Crystal Briolette (4)
You will need 3 package(s).
1 package = 4 Pieces.
$3.39 / Package | SKU: FCO-3015
Earring Findings, Long Elegant Hooks 25mm, 25 Pairs, Silver Plated
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 25 Pairs.
$8.29 / Package | SKU: FEA-3025
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Tools and Other Supplies:

The Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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