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Party dangle earrings

Embellish wire loops with beaded fringes
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Dangle a variety of beads from wire loops to make a pair of fun, fringy earrings. Combine crystals, fire-polished beads, pearls, and gemstones for maximum impact.

SUPPLIES

one pair of earrings

  • 4 6 x 9mm or 5 x 7mm teardrops, color A
  • 2 8mm round beads, color B
  • 4 6mm round beads or 8mm rondelles, color B
  • 3mm beads
    • 44 color A
    • 22 color B
    • 24–26 color C
  • 8 3mm spacers
  • 14 in. (36cm) 18-gauge wire
  • 13 ft. (4m) 24-gauge wire
  • pair of earring findings
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut a 6-in. (15cm) piece of 18-gauge wire and a 1-ft. (30cm) piece of 24-gauge wire.

2. Make a bend 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) from one end of the 24-gauge wire, and place the 18-gauge wire against the bend. Wrap the 24-gauge wire around the 18-gauge wire for a total of three wraps.

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PHOTO A

3. With the tips of your roundnose pliers perpendicular to the 18-gauge wire, grasp the 18-gauge wire next to the wraps you just made. Go under the lower jaw of the pliers with the 24-gauge wire, and wrap it around the 18-gauge piece three times (PHOTO A).

4. Repeat step 3 eight times to make a total of nine loops. Trim the excess wire.

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PHOTO B
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PHOTO C

5. Center the nine-loop segment on the 18-gauge wire, and bend the wire into a teardrop shape, with the ends crossing about 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm) from the top (PHOTO B).

6. Where the wires cross, bend one end straight up, then use roundnose pliers to bend it into a loop (PHOTO C).

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PHOTO D

 

7. Wrap the other wire around the first. Trim the excess wire (PHOTO D).


Fringe dangles
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Photo E

 

1. Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) piece of 24-gauge wire. Fold over the tip to make a head pin (PHOTO E).

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PHOTO F
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PHOTO G

2. String a 3mm color A bead and make a wrapped loop above the bead (PHOTO F).

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 18 color A dangles.

4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of nine 3mm B dangles, making only the first half of a wrapped loop above the beads (PHOTO G).

5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of ten 3mm C dangles, making only the first half of a wrapped loop.

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PHOTO H
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PHOTO I

6. Slide an A dangle into the loop of a B dangle (PHOTO H). Repeat until you’ve connected all the A dangles to a B or C dangle. You’ll have one C dangle left over.

7. Cut a 2-in. (5cm) piece of 24-gauge wire and fold the tip over to make a head pin. String a 6mm round bead or an 8mm rondelle, a spacer, and a 3mm B. Make the first half of a wrapped loop (PHOTO I). Make a total of two round/rondelle accent dangles.

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PHOTO J

 

8. Make one dangle with a teardrop, a spacer, and one or two Cs as in step 7 (PHOTO J).


Center dangle

1. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of 24-gauge wire and make a wrapped loop at one end. Slide this loop into the loop of a C dangle from step 6 and finish the wraps.

2. String an 8mm round crystal, a spacer, and a teardrop. Make a wrapped loop above the beads.


Assembly

1. Attach the teardrop dangle from step 8 to the middle loop on the nine-loop segment and finish the wraps. Skip a loop on either side and attach one of the round/rondelle dangles to each.

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PHOTO K

2. Attach a B and a C dangle to each side of the teardrop accent dangle, and finish the wraps. Repeat for the round/rondelle accent dangles (PHOTO K). Attach a B and a C dangle to each remaining loop.

3. Cut a 2-in. piece of 24-gauge wire and wrap one end three times around the wire frame about 1⁄2 in. from the top.

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PHOTO L

4. String two 3mm As, the center dangle, and two 3mm As. Wrap the wire around the other side of the frame. Trim the excess (PHOTO L).

5. Open the loop on an earring finding and attach the earring. Close the loop.

6. Make a second earring to match the first.

Have a question or comment? Please contact us at editor@FacetJewelry.com

Tip!
Making the loops at the bottom of the earring is the trickiest part of this project. Practice with copper or craft wire until you’re comfortable with the technique.
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