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Friday, September 27, 2013

FREE Friday Afternoon DIY Project! Floral Dangle Earrings

Today's project is fun and really sort of simple.  You can use pretty much any color and customize it for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter by just changing out the colors of the flowers, tear drops and crystals.

Crafting Time: Less than an hour
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Skills Needed
Cutting Wire
Basic Wire Wrapping
General Knowledge of Hammering
22 gauge Red Brass Wire (2 sections of 20 inches) (#NU022 from Jewelry Supply)
2 Crystazzi 6mm Bicone Crystals in K Champagne (#7727320 from Prima Bead)
2 Acrylic 14x21mm Teal Teardops (Item #34709144 from Prima Bead)
2 Lucite Tulip / Lily Of The Valley Flower Bead Caps Matte Orange 6x10mm (BCP-40053 from Beadaholique)
2 Lucite 26mm Plumeria Flower Beads Matte Lemon Yellow (BCP-40009 from Beadaholique)

Chain Nose pliers
Flush Cutters
Nylon Mallet
Chasing or Ball Peen Hammer
Cup Burr
Steel Bench Block or Anvil
Wire Looping Tool
Optional Tool: Crimping Tool

Measure and straighten 2 pieces of wire 20 inches long.

On one piece of wire, center the crystal. Bend each end of the wire over the crystal forming an X at top the crystal. 

Twist two to three times. Straighten wire. 

Thread both flowers onto both ends of the wire and push down to crystal. 

Take the shortest side of the wire and twist around the longest at the base of the last flower two to three times. 

On the twisting wire, thread the teardrop. At about ½ inch from the base of the flower, twist the wire and bead counterclockwise to form an X above the teardrop and twist three to four more times. Take twisting wire and wrap around the base of the flower twice. 


 Use crimping pliers if necessary to tighten the wraps. Trim excess from twisting wire. 

Bend long wire at a 90 degree angle.  Measure 2 ½ inches from flower base and trim wire. 
Measure 1 inch from base of flower and place the largest part of the barrel of looping pliers. 

 Push wire away from you over the barrel and downward.

At ¼ inch from the end of your wire, make a slight bend with chain nose pliers. 
Repeat for second earring. 

Use a nylon mallet to harden the ear wire on each earring. Using a ball peen hammer or chasing hammer, slightly hammer the ear wire for a forged look. Finish by using a cup burr to smooth the end of the wire.

Crystals can be substituted for Swarovski Crystals if you so choose.  I recommend using Jonquil.

Finished length: 2 ¼ inches.