Bluebell Drops Earrings
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Bluebell Drops Earrings

Use vintage sliders from Bead Gallery to create cute earrings.

Designed by Barb Switzer.

Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Sliders – Crystal Flower (2)
  • Faceted Glass Rondelle Iris, 3x4mm – Sapphire (12)
  • Faceted Twist Mix, 4mm – Light Sapphire (12)
  • Faceted Round Beads, 8mm – Blue (2)
  • Beadalon® Wire, 20 ga. – Hematite (20")
  • Earring Wires – Gold (2)
  • Jump Rings – Gold (2)
  • Flush Cutters
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers (2)
 

Project Instructions

Open a jump ring and slide it through the single hole at the top of the drop slider. Slide the ring through the loop of an earring wire and close the jump ring.

Cut a 1½" piece of 20 ga. wire. Using chain nose pliers, make a 90° bend 3/8" from the end of the wire. Switch to round nose pliers, and form a round loop from the 3/8" length of wire. Slide a faceted blue bead, a rondelle and a second faceted blue bead onto the wire. Use chain nose pliers to make a 90° bend next to the end bead. Trim the wire to 3/8". Use round nose pliers to form the 3/8" of wire into a round loop. Repeat to make a second link just like the first.

Cut a piece of wire slightly longer than one inch. Use chain nose pliers to make a 90° bend 3/8" from the end. Use round nose pliers to form the 3/8" of wire into a round loop. Slide a rondelle onto the wire. Use chain nose pliers to make a 90° bend just above the bead. If needed, trim the wire to 3/8" (it should be about the right length). Use round nose pliers to form the 3/8" of wire into a round loop.

Repeat the previous step to make a total of four links, each with one rondelle.

Cut a piece of 20 ga. 1¾" long. Using chain nose pliers, make a 90° bend 3/8" from the end of the wire. Switch to round nose pliers, and form a round loop from the 3/8" length of wire.

Slide the wire through one of the holes at the bottom of the slider. String one faceted 4mm bead, three rondelles, and one more faceted 4mm bead. Slide the wire through the second hole at the bottom of the slider. Using chain nose pliers, make a 90° bend next to the slider. Cut the wire to 3/8" and use round nose pliers to form a loop.

Open one of the loops of a 3-bead link. Slide through the jump ring at the top of the slider and close the loop. Repeat on the opposite side.

Open the other loop of the 3-bead link and attach it to the loop of the wire that runs through the lower holes of the slider. Close the loop.

Open up a loop on a one-bead link. Attach it to the loop of the wire that runs through the lower holes of the slider. Close the loop.

Open the loop of a second one-bead link and attach it to the bottom loop of the link added in the previous step. Close the loop.

Repeat the previous two steps on the opposite side of the slider.

Cut a 4" piece of 20 ga. wire. Form a spiral at one end, about 3/16" wide. String an 8mm faceted round bead. Make a wire wrapped loop above the bead.

Open the bottom loops of the one-bead links attached to the slider. Attach the loops through the loop of the dangle made in the previous step.

Repeat steps to make a second earring.