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Harlequin romance earrings

Create lighthearted elegance with well-chosen colors

This design started out as a task — creating a design using two-hole square Swarovski Elements crystals — and became a party! I designed the earrings first and the necklace was born quickly after. The bright, contrasting colors in this jewelry remind me of the classic Harlequin character’s costume. Am I at Mardi Gras or the Venice Carnival? Who cares? I’m having a great time! And with some simple wire bending, you will be too. 

SUPPLIES

  • 4 11 mm crystal briolettes, olivine
  • 4 8 mm double-hole square crystals, red magma
  • 4 6 mm crystal rondelles, topaz
  • 2 6 mm bicone crystals, indicolite
  • 26 1.8 mm cube seed beads, black
  • 26 1.8 mm cube seed beads, white
  • 6 2-in. (5 cm) 21-gauge head pins
  • pair of Grecian hoop earring posts with earring backs
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • needlenose pliers (optional)
  • 1⁄8-in. (3 mm) and 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) flatnose pliers (optional)

Seed beads from Out on a Whim, 707.664.8343, whimbeads.com. Two-to-one links from TierraCast. Findings from Beadalon, beadalon.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1
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Step 2
1. On a head pin, string: right hole of a square crystal, crystal briolette, white cube, black cube, right hole of a square, alternating pattern of three white and three black cubes. Make a plain loop.

2. On a head pin, string: alter-nating pattern of three black and two white cubes, left hole of the bottom square from step 1, alternating pattern of three white and two black cubes, left hole of the top square, briolette, black cube, white cube, black cube. Make a plain loop.
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Step 3
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Step 4
3. On a head pin, string: black cube, crystal rondelle, first loop of the dangle, white cube, loop of an earring post, white cube, second loop of the dangle, rondelle, black cube. With needlenose or the tip of your chainnose pliers, bend the wire down at a 45-degree angle.

4. Starting 1⁄8 in. (3 mm) from the bend in step 3, use your flatnose pliers (Tips, below) to make a right-angle bend away from the dangle.
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Step 5
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Step 6

5. Starting 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from the bend in step 4, make a 45-degree bend toward the dangle.

6. Starting 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from the bend in step 5, make another 45-degree bend away from the dangle. String a bicone crystal and make a plain loop. Make a second earring the mirror image of the first.

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Harlequin romance necklace
For complete instructions and a bonus necklace project, click here to download & print this PDF
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