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Decked dangle earrings

DeckeddangleNewHero
Connect crystals, chain, wire, and head pins to bring sparkle to any outfit.
DeckeddanglePattern
Follow the pattern to make a flower spring to life amidst the crystals, as in this earring.

SUPPLIES 

one pair of earrings

  • 74 4mm bicone crystals
  • 1g Japanese cylinder or seed beads, size 11/0
  • 24 in. (61cm) 22-gauge wire
  • 30 in. (76cm) fine chain (about 20 links per inch)
  • pair of earring findings
  • 16 1-in. (2.5cm) head pins (optional)
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • flatnose pliers
  • wire cutters

1. Cut the chain into two 87-link sections, two 53-link sections, two 47-link sections, and two 41-link sections. Cut the length of wire in half.

2. Attach an earring finding to the middle link of an 87-link chain.

DeckeddangleA
PHOTO A
3. Make a small plain loop at the end of the wire and flatten it with flatnose or chainnose pliers (PHOTO A). Pick up one cylinder or 11/0 seed bead.
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PHOTO B
4. Go through the seventeenth link from the earring finding (don’t count the link attached to the earring finding). Pick up a 4mm bicone crystal and go through the corresponding link on the other half of the chain (PHOTO B).
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PHOTO C
5. Pick up an 11/0 and cut off the remaining wire, leaving just enough to make a matching plain loop. Make a plain loop. Set aside the remaining wire for the next row (PHOTO C).
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PHOTO D
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PHOTO E
6. For the following rows, prepare the wire as in step 3 and string an 11/0. Finish each row as in step 5.
Row 2: Skip two links and go through the next link in the 87-link chain. Pick up a crystal, the middle link of the 53-link chain, and a crystal. Go through the corresponding link on the other half of the 87-link chain (PHOTO D).
Row 3: Skip two links and go through the next link on the 87-link chain. Add a crystal between the next three chains (PHOTO E).
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PHOTO F
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PHOTO G
Row 4: Skip two links and go through the next link on the 87-link chain. Pick up a crystal and go through the corresponding link on the 53-link chain. Pick up a crystal, the middle link of the 47-link chain, and a crystal. Go through the corresponding link on the 53-link chain. Pick up a crystal and go through the corresponding link on the 87-link chain (PHOTO F).
Row 5: Skip two links and add a crystal between each chain (PHOTO G).
DeckeddangleH
PHOTO H
DeckeddangleI
PHOTO I

Row 6: Skip two links and add a crystal between each chain, increasing the middle as in rows 2 and 4 with the 41-link chain (PHOTO H)Row 7: Repeat row 5 (PHOTO I)

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PHOTO J
DeckeddangleK
PHOTO K
Row 8: Skip two links and add a crystal between the six inner chains (PHOTO J). Row 9: Skip two links and add a crystal between the four inner chains (PHOTO K).
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PHOTO L

 

Row 10: Skip two links and add a crystal between the two inner chains (PHOTO L).

7. Make a second earring to match the first.

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PHOTO M

Editor's tip:

Add dangles to an earring by stringing a crystal on a head pin and making a plain loop above it. Open the loop and attach the dangle to the last link on one of the eight chains. Close the loop. Repeat on the other seven chains (PHOTO M). Then, repeat on the other earring.

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