Super easy (but really cute!) chandelier earrings!

So, as some of you may know, I’m a jewelry instructor at Michaels, and yesterday we held a meet and greet at the store. I had to make some samples of the things that we make in the classes, and I wore a pair of earrings that I had made a while back. Every time I wear these, people are so impressed and absolutely love them (sometimes that’s how I get people to join my classes! lol). While on my honeymoon in Hawaii (I know, I talk about it all the time, but go to Hawaii, and you’ll be the same way!), I came across these earrings, but they were $80! Although on vacation, and my honeymoon nonetheless, I couldn’t get myself to spend that much money on something I knew I could easily make. So I snapped a pic, and when I got home, I made them. And I’m so glad I did, because I LOVE them, and wear them all the time!

 

Here’s what you’ll need: (All of which I purchased at Michaels btw!)

  • A pair of round pliers
  • A pair of flat nose pliers (mine has a cutter at the end of it, but you may need a pair of wire cutters if yours doesn’t)
  • 2 teardrop beads (I used pearl teardrops)
  • An 18in chain (I use gold plated)
  • 2 2.5in flat head pins (I used gold plated for these as well)
  • 2 2.5in (or longer depending on how much wrapping you want to do) pieces of wrapping wire (I just used flat head pins and snipped the flat end off)
  • 2 French ear wire fixings

 

First, I wrapped both sides of the pin around the one side of my round nose pliers to make a loop in the center.

 

I put that aside, and started wire wrapping my pearl teardrop bead. I put one of the flat head (or in this case round head, because it’s all I had) pins through my bead and made a loop at the top. You want to leave some room to wrap the excess wire around underneath the loop.

 

I wrapped the extra wire around with my fingers (my wire was very pliable, so I didn’t need a tool) until there was a little left sticking out.

 

Using my flat nose pliers, I just squeezed the excess wire tightly so it tucked in and wouldn’t catch on anything (or poke me!)

 

Next, I get the first piece I worked on, and slip the wire wrapped bead onto the loop in the center.

 

Then, I made two loops at the bottom of my wire.

 

Now I cut my chains to the sizes I want. This depends on how dramatic you want your earrings to look. This is how long I cut mine…

 

Then, starting with the longest chain working down to the smallest, I put it in one of the loops that I made at the bottom of the earring.

 

I followed it up with the other side, the same way, starting with the longest chain, making sure not to tangle them.

 

And finally, I put my earring fixings on, and pulled open the wires holding the chains so they fall nicely!

Did I not say they were easy!? Now, the ones in Hawaii were a liiittle more intricate, but I’m more of a simple kind of girl, so I scaled them down a little. I love my version, they’re perfect for some beachwear, and I also made them with faceted glass teardrop beads for a more dressier look. Hope you try them out, you’ll get a lot of compliments, and the best part is when you say “I made them myself” 🙂

 

Until tomorrow!!

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19 responses to “Super easy (but really cute!) chandelier earrings!

  1. These are super easy! I’ll have to get around to making them. They’re super adorable. Good job!

  2. Pingback: Another easy pair of chandelier earrings: A tutorial « diary of a mad crafter·

  3. Very cute!!! I’m gonna have to do this!!! Are you in Mdtn or Monroe I was thinking of doing a cake deca. class But I think jewerly is better.

    • Thanks! I’m in Monroe, but unfortunately we don’t teach these in class….nothing like these. And I haven’t been teaching for a few months now as no one was signing up 😦 I don’t know how the cake classes are in Middletown, but we got a great teacher in Monroe, and people are always signing up for the classes in Monroe!

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