Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Gold Bead Components


For each earring, make the following seven dangles:

Dangle A

String 2 crystals on a headpin. Using side-cutting pliers, trim the headpin to 3/8 inch above the crystal.
Position the tip of the chain-nose pliers just above the top crystal, allowing some space between the pliers and the crystal so you don't scratch or break any facets. Begin to bend the wire to a 90 degree angle.
Complete the right-angle bend with the side of your finger.
Grasp the very end of the wire with round-nose pliers, about 1/4 inch from the tip of the pliers, and roll a loop, pressing down against the edge of your fingernail, which is positioned at the bend as you turn the pliers. By pressing down, your loop will remain round rather than becoming teardrop-shaped. Repeat to make four.
Use the cut-off piece of wire from Step 1 to create an eyepin dangle--you should have enough wire from one headpin to make the headpin dangle and 2 eyepin dangles, so continue to save what you trim off. Using chain-nose pliers, grip 3/8 inch down from one end of the wire; bend the wire to a right angle. Using round-nose pliers, turn a loop as in Step 3.
Repeat Steps 1 - 3 to complete this element.
After completing the top loop on the eyepin, grasp each loop with a pair of round and/or chain-nose pliers. Turn the pliers until the loops face the same way.
Open the loop on the headpin dangle by pushing or pulling the end of the loop out of the plane of the circle; do not pull it sideways, distorting the circular form. Attach it to one of the loops on the eyepin dangle. Close the loop by bringing the end of the wire back into the plane of the circle.
Repeat to make four.

Dangle B

Repeat Steps 1 - 6. Then make a second crystal eyepin and attach it to the top loop of the first eyepin. Repeat to make two.

Dangle C

Repeat Steps 1 - 7 but add a third crystal eyepin to the top of the second.
Remove the tongue portion of the clasp. (Save it; you never know when you might need to replace a broken clasp part for another necklace.)
Open the loop at the top of the C dangle and attach it to the center ring on the filigree-clasp portion.
Open the top loop on the eyepin of one A. Attach it to the center V on the edge of the clasp, on one side of the center loop and C dangle. Repeat to attach a second A dangle to the same V on the other side of the loop and C dangle.
Open the top loop of a B dangle and attach it to one of the side rings. Repeat with the other B dangle and side ring.
Open the top loop of an A dangle and attach it to a side V outside the B dangle. Repeat with the other A dangle on the other V.
It's easier to hang the loop of a small component by holding the loop below with chain-nose pliers. This allows the beads to slide to the bottom of the component rather than being pushed up into the open loop by your fingers.
Repeat Steps 1 - 13 to make the dangles for the second earring.
Once both earrings are complete, mix a small amount of epoxy on a piece of aluminum foil or scrap paper.
Lay the earrings down with the back side of the clasp facing up. Dab a little glue on the flat pad of an earpost and place it slightly above the center, on the back of the clasp.
The glue will be set in half an hour, but allow it to cure for 24 hours before wearing the earrings.

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