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Flat-back crystal earrings

Glue flat-back crystals to brass components for a spark of color

Attaching flat-back crystals to these components is simple — the hard part is knowing when to stop. The colors are so pretty, I always want more. To make sure I don’t overdo it, I always place the crystals on the component first — without gluing — then ask myself, “Can I do without this one (or two or three)?” I usually remove at least a couple and find I have a better design. 

SUPPLIES

  • 2 26–31 mm round base metal pendants 
  • 2 25 mm connectors
  • 2 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 4 5 mm flat-back crystals
  • 6 4 mm flat-back crystals
  • 6 3 mm flat-back crystals
  • 2 6 mm blossom bead caps
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 22-gauge half-hard wire 
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 
  • toothpick
  • two-part epoxy 

Crystals from Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com. Check your local bead store for brass pendants by Vintaj or other manufacturers. 

COLOR NOTES

 Fussy peacock pendants

  • 6 mm bicones: Siam
  • 4 mm bicones: amethyst AB
  • 5 mm flat backs (SS20): volcano
  • 4 mm flat backs (SS16): fuchsia
  • 3 mm flat backs (SS12): sun 

Asian window pendants

  • 6 mm bicones: blue zircon AB
  • 5 mm rounds: amethyst
  • 4 mm flat backs (SS16): purple velvet 
  • 3 mm flat backs (SS12): blue zircon
     

INSTRUCTIONS

Flat back crystal earrings 1
Step 1
Arrange flat-back crystals on a pendant. Mix two-part epoxy according to the package directions. Use a toothpick to apply a dot of epoxy to each flat back and the pendant. Press together and allow to dry.
Flat back crystal earrings 2
Step 2
Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop. String a 4 mm bicone crystal. Make a plain loop. Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop. String a 6 mm bicone crystal and a bead cap. Make a plain loop perpen-dicular to the first loop.
Flat back crystal earrings 3
Step 3
Open the loops of the 4 mm bicone unit. Attach the pendant and a connector. Close the loops.
Flat back crystal earrings 4
Step 4
Open the loops of the 6 mm bicone unit. Attach the connector and an earring wire. Close the loops. Make a second earring.
Tip!

Tips

  • Use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol on a cotton swab to remove any excess epoxy before it dries.
  • The brass components in this project are from Vintaj. The connectors are called “fleur de lis.” The larger pendant is called “fussy peacock” and the smaller “Asian window.”
Design alternative
  • If you prefer shorter earrings, omit the connectors.
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