Tropical Palms Earrings
These amazing earrings are easy to make, requiring only basic wire wrapping skills, but set aside a good half hour to put them together - there's a lot of wire wrapping to be done. These earrings use an assortment of Swarovski Crystal and Sterling, plus "Nugget Heishi" from the new TierraCast® Keepsake Collection.
Aside from the nugget heishi, these earrings are a great way to use up spare beads floating around in your bead box. The little beaded drops in the middle of the earrings are all 4mm beads - in this case Swarovski bicones and pearls, but you can use what ever smallish beads you have that need a home.
If you're new to wire wrapping, you may want to review:
Step One - Wire Wrapping the Top and Bottom Components
First - assemble the large drop for the bottom, and the nugget link for the top, as shown above.
To make the drop for the bottom - stack the follow parts on a 2" headpin.
To make the nugget filled link - if you have 22 g. sterling wire on hand, you can use it. Otherwise, just use a 2.5" or 3" headpin (cut the end off). The pattern:
Step Two - Making the Beaded Drop for the Middle
To make this earring as shown, make up 14 beaded headpins, with a 2mm round bead, followed by a 4mm bead. Then make up 4 beaded drops that have a 2mm bead, plus TWO 5mm nugget heishi, as shown above. This makes a total of 18 drops, all made on 1" headpins. Wire wrap closed, and snip off the extra wire.
This step is more quickly done "assembly line" style. Make all 18 beaded headpins. Then use round nose pliers to make the loops on all 18 headpins. Then use the bent nose pliers to wire wrap all 18 headpins. Then use cutters to snip off the excess wire 18 times.
If you want to use larger beads - keep in mind that you'll need fewer because they take up more room. Also keep in mind that larger beads may increase the total weight of the earrings - another good reason to use less of them.
Step Three - Putting it All Together
Now you're ready to put it all together! First - attach one jump ring to the large beaded drop for the bottom, and close it up. Then - slip the top link onto the earring wire, post or lever back.
Ideally you'll have two pairs of pliers (either two bent nose, or a bent nose and chain nose, or two chain nose) for this step - it makes it so much easier to hold on to your work easily with two pairs.
Open ALL THREE jump rings ahead of time.
Pick up one of the jump rings with pliers, and hold it by the end. Put three of the beaded drops onto the jump ring, followed by the large beaded drop (which is on a jump ring itself - see photo), followed by three more beaded drops, and close the jump ring. Keep holding it with one of your pliers.
Pick up the next jump ring, and carefully run it through the loaded jumpring you just made. You want to place it right in the middle of the beaded drops, so that the piece hangs straight. You'll want it to be opposite the jump ring that holds the large beaded drop. One you have it in place, use one of of your pliers to hold this new jumpring, and let go of the first with the other pliers. It should be hanging from the 2nd jumpring now.
On one side of the 2nd jumpring, add three small beaded drops. Then - transfer the 2nd jumpring to the other pair of pliers, so you can easily add three small beaded drops to the empty side. Close the jump ring, and keep holding it with one of your pliers.
Pick up the last jump ring, and carefully run it through the loaded jump ring you just made. You want to place it right in the middle of the beaded drops, so that the piece hangs straight. One you have it in place, use one of of your pliers to hold this new jumpring, and let go of the second with the other pliers. It should be hanging from the 3rd jumpring now.
Last step! On one side of the 3rdjumpring, add three small beaded drops. Then - transfer the jump ring to the other pair of pliers, so you can easily add three small beaded drops to the empty side. ADD THE NUGGET LINK (attached to the earring). Close the jump ring, give the whole earring a gentle shake to help the pieces settle, and admire! Oh - and then repeat the whole process to make your second earring.
This section is difficult to describe because there are so many little parts, and hard to photograph because they all nestle together once they're assembled. But the thing to keep in mind is that you're looking for some symmetry - you want an equal number of small beaded drops on each side of the piece. If you're using multiple colors and materials, as shown in my project, make sure you stagger the different parts so they don't all appear bunched on one side. (see the photo above for a sample layout)
This particular pair of earrings was made with Swarovski crystals in shades of pink (Fushia, Rose, Rose Alabaster and Rosewater Opal), and white Swarovski Crystal Pearls.
A design done all in White or Cream crystal pearls, and Crystal AB bicones and rounds, would look stunning as bridal jewelry.
If you would like to buy a kit for these earrings, including the exact colors pictured (White Pearls, Rose Rounds, and Fushia, Rose, Rose Alabaster & Rosewater Opal Bicones), click on the "Sugar Sweet Kit" button below. This kit does NOT include printed instructions - refer to this web page for the How-To's.
A "Metal Only" Kit is available for this project. This kit includes all the headpins, all the nugget heishe, all the 2mm and 3mm rounds, and a pair of ear hooks. No crystals or pearls are included - you'll need to raid your own bead box for the colors.
The jewelry you make from this design is yours do with as you please. You may make it as often as you like without any restrictions. For example, you can make this jewelry for yourself, for friends, or to sell. I do not require that you give credit to me for the design.
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