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Crystal vine earrings

Wire briolettes and rondelles to form delicate dangles

Use an easy wire technique to twist branches for sparkling gemstone petals. Top-drilled glass, gemstone, or crystal briolettes all work well in this design. Be cautious about using very soft gemstones like apatite — the tips can break off if you’re not careful. Always check the beads’ holes to make sure they are centered and not drilled too close to the tip.

SUPPLIES

Earrings

  • 6 7–10 mm briolettes
  • 24 2–3 mm rondelles
  • 32 in. (81 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from Beading Dreams, beadingdreams.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Crystal vine earrings Step 1
Step 1
For each earring: Cut a 16-in. (41 cm) piece of wire. Center a briolette on the wire and fold the wire in half. Pinch the wire about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from the briolette.
Crystal vine earrings Step 2
Step 2
Holding the wires firmly, twist the briolette to form a stem (see “Twisting tip,” below).
Crystal vine earrings Step 3
Step 3
Separate the wires. On one wire, string three rondelles, positioning them about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from the twists.
 
Crystal vine earrings Step 4
Step 4
Holding the beads, fold the wire so the center rondelle is on the fold. Pinch the wires at the twists.
 
Crystal vine earrings Step 5
Step 5
Twist the rondelles to form a stem. Position the rondelles as desired relative to the briolette.
Crystal vine earrings Step 6
Step 6
Twist both wires together two or three times, then add another cluster on the opposite side.
Crystal vine earrings Step 7
Step 7
Continue attaching another set of briolettes and rondelles, staggering them as desired for an organic look.
Crystal vine earrings Step 8
Step 8
At the end of the twists, treating the pair of wires as one, make a wrapped loop. Use roundnose pliers to adjust the loop as desired.
Crystal vine earrings Step 9
Step 9
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop.
Tip!
Don’t overtwist the wires when adding a bead; otherwise the wire and bead tip could break. Stop when the twisted wires of the stem reach the tip of the bead.
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