Valentine earrings

Pair crystals and sterling silver chain for a lovely earring set

SUPPLIES

Earrings

  • Swarovski crystals
  • 2 6mm rondelles 
  • 14 4mm bicones
  • 4 4mm rounds
  • 10 in. (25cm) 22-gauge 
  • silver wire
  • 10 in. (25cm) heart-link chain, 31 links per earring (Fire Mountain Gems, firemountaingems.com)
  • 2 1-in. (2.5cm) 22-gauge
  • head pins
  • 4 4–6mm jump rings
  • pair of earring findings
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Valentine earrings a
Photo a
Valentine earrings b
Photo b

1. Cut the heart-link chain in half, making sure each half has 31 links. Cut each half into two five-link segments, three three-link segments, and four single hearts.

2. On one end of the wire, make a plain loop. String a 4mm bicone crystal and make a plain loop. Trim the wire. Repeat using the remaining wire to make a second small-bead unit. 

Repeat to make two medium-bead units, stringing a 4mm round crystal and a bicone. 

Repeat to make a large-bead unit, stringing a bicone, a 6mm rondelle, and a bicone (PHOTO A).

3. Open the loop of the round-bead end of a medium-bead unit, and attach a single heart. Close the loop. Repeat with the matching unit and the two small-bead units (PHOTO B). 

4. String a bicone on a head pin, and make a plain loop. Open the loop and attach a three-link chain (PHOTO C). Close the loop.

Valentine earrings c
Photo c
Valentine earrings d
Photo d

5. Open a jump ring and attach the two five-link chains. Close the jump ring (PHOTO D).

6. Open a loop of the large-bead unit. Attach a three-link chain, a medium-bead unit, and the remaining end link of a five-link chain. Close the loop. Repeat on the other side of the large-bead unit (PHOTO E).

Valentine earrings e
Photo e
Valentine earrings f
Photo f

7. Open a jump ring, and attach the remaining end links of the three-link chains, a small-bead unit, the dangle, and the remaining small-bead unit. Close the jump ring (PHOTO F).

8. Open the loop of an earring finding. Attach the top jump ring of the earring, and close the loop.

9. Repeat steps 2–8 to make a second earring.

 
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