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Minimal magical earrings

Use minimal materials for maximum impact and a timeless style!

The beauty of making earrings is that you get your beading fix with time to spare. In this pair, shimmering crystal buttons peek through components that evoke the past.

Materials

pair of earrings

  • crystals
  • 2 10 mm Swarovski buttons (3015)
  • 2 4–6 mm saucers or rondelles
  • 18 4 mm bicones
  • 4 1⁄2-in. (1.3 cm) square domed filigree components (vintaj.com)
  • 6 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 4 2-in. (5 cm) eye pins
  • 4 4 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring findings
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
INSTRUCTIONS

1. On an eye pin, string a 4–6 mm saucer or rondelle and a 4 mm bicone crystal. Make a wrapped loop (PHOTO A).

2. To make a dangle, string three bicones on a head pin, and make a wrapped loop. Repeat to make a second dangle. Make a third dangle using one bicone (PHOTO B).

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PHOTO A
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PHOTO B

3. Open the bottom loop of the bead unit from step 1. Hold two filigree components together so the right sides face out. This will make a space in which the crystal button will sit. Slide the filigrees’ top openings into the loop of the bead unit. Close the loop (PHOTO C).

4. Open a jump ring, and attach a three-crystal dangle. Slide the jump ring through corresponding openings on one side of the filigrees, and close the jump ring (PHOTO D). Repeat on the other side of the filigree. 

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PHOTO C
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PHOTO D

5. Slide the crystal button between the two filigrees.

6. On an eye pin, string a bicone, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the bottom openings of the filigrees (PHOTO E), and complete the wraps.

7. Open the loop of the eye pin attached in the previous step, and attach the single-crystal dangle (PHOTO F). Close the loop. Open the loop of an earring finding, attach the wrapped loop at the top of the earring, and close the loop.

8. Make a second earring.

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PHOTO E
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PHOTO F
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