All that glitters – pearl and crystal drop earrings

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During one our pre-Christmas craft show outings, my friend Beth saw a pair of earrings that she really liked. They were similar in style to these Magma drop earrings I found in FusionBead’s inspiration section (a great source of ideas and techniques).
Magma Drop Earrings | Fusion Beads Inspiration Gallery

The earrings we saw had a pearl at the top of the chain and a crystal at the bottom. She decided against buying them and I decided I’d make her a pair.

These earring are easy to put together. It took me about an hour to make them, but that includes the 45 minutes I spent hunting  my supplies (I’m working on organizing my beading stash, but it’s slow going).

To make your own earring you’ll need the following:

6-8 inches of fine silver plated chain

2 6mm glass pearls

2 8mm glass crystals – I used Preciosa, but Firepolish or Swarovski would work too (widely available, including at FusionBeads or Artbeads

6 – 2-inch silver plated headpins

2-sterling silver earring wires (optional, but they’re a nice touch)

wire cutters and needle-nose pliers

I chose pearls and crystals in a pinky-gold colour (Beth is blond and I wanted something that would complement her colouring). Preciosa crystals have a nice sparkle to them, which made them perfect for this project – I wanted the earrings that were elegant but that could also work for every day.

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To make the loops for the pearls, snip the pin end off 1 head pin.

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Make a loop and attach it to the earring wires.

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Slide the glass pearl on and make another loop, without closing it all the way.

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Cut the chain to the desired length – I used about 1-1/4 inches (I recommend cutting the chain for both earrings at the same time – you can always cut a few links off if they’re too long, but hard to add links if they’re too short).

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Attach 1 length of the chain to the loop at the bottom of the pearl and with the needle nose pliers, close it all the way.

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Slide the crystal onto a headpin and make a loop, sliding it onto the chain before you finish it. That’s one earring. P1030695

Repeat the steps for the second earring.

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Lots of glitter for little effort.

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If your local bead store sells beads individually, you can easily make these earrings for less than $5.

Beth really liked her earrings. I did too and plan to make a pair for myself, as soon as I can schedule a trip to my local bead store to pick up more supplies. I’m thinking my wardrobe needs a little purple sparkle.


Or maybe green, for spring? At less than $5 a pop, I can make a pair in every colour I have in my closet!

Links include: Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes ; Monday Link Party at Craft-O-Maniac; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple; Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T. ; Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou ; Market Yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff; Get Your Craft on Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog; Tuesday To Do Part at The Blackberry Vine: Take-a-Look Tuesdays at Sugar Bee Crafts; Wednesday Wowzers at oopsy daisy; Flaunt It Fridays at Dotted Line Crafts; The Cure for the Common Monday at Lines Across My FaceSix Sisters Stuff – Strut Your Stuff Saturday

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2 responses »

  1. These are lovely! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Even though I have been taking silversmithing, the pieces I have made are all standalone so I have no clue how to use pliers or make things flow with pins and chains. Once I get my pliers kit I’m looking forward to exploring the possibilities with beads.

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