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Topic: Broke? Make your own chain drop earrings! (*with tutorial*)  (Read 16803 times)
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« on: May 19, 2005 08:03:25 PM »

So, like everyone else who doesn't get paid much, I found these earrings that I loved but couldn't afford:

Of course, I tried to make them. And even though I'm a moron, I got pretty close. The first pair (which took 2 nights, because... yep, I'm a moron):

And the second pair (which took 25 minutes):

If anyone wants to recreate these, I'd love to see any improvements you can make!
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2005 08:42:24 PM »

Ooooh those are beautiful! I love the dangly chains... very pretty! Great job Grin

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2005 08:45:13 AM »

Thanks! my boyfriend called them "Sharon Stone ballroom earrings," although he was a little tipsy so I'm not sure he knew what he wa saying... it sounded good, though!
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2005 08:27:41 PM »

oo i love those! and I can imagine that they're pretty easy. I'm just thinking of a pair of these in every color possible.. oh i do love earrings.

what kind of beads did you use? I esp. love the green ones!!

« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2005 09:53:42 PM »

what kind of beads did you use? I esp. love the green ones!

Actually, they're yellow, although they do look green in the pic because of the grass in the background (didn't realize that unitl you mentioned it!). I think they're lemon quartz, although they've been hanging around my bead box for so long I could be wrong.  And the red ones, if you're intereseted, are faceted glass.  Smiley
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2005 11:10:16 PM »

sooooo pretty! i like them better than the ones you were copying!
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2005 11:18:38 PM »

Lovely! I wish i could make those... you did a great job!! Call me jewelry-deficient, but how did you do it?
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2005 12:55:05 PM »

Those are damn fantastic.  I also prefer yours to the ones you're emulating.  You should be extremely satisfied with yourself, kiddo.  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2005 11:57:15 AM »

Thank you, I am pretty pleased with myself. The first pair took a long time, because I figured out how to make one and then went, "Oh crap, now I have to make another one!?" I also used a crimp bead on wire on the first one, which wasn't easy. On the second pair, I surrounded the glass bead with silver seed beads to make it centered. Much easier.

Basically, you take a length of wire however wide you want the earring. Put a loop on one end (and remember to make a duplicate of everything you're doing for the second earring!!), but don't close it all the way. Put seed beads on the wire until you reach the middle, then slide on your drop. Put equal amount of seed beads on other side. Loop the other end of the wire, but again, don't close it.

Now, figure out the lengths of chain you want. Cut 6 pieces in 3 different lengths. Attach the shortest piece first by sliding it into on of the loops in your wire (the one with the drop). Attach it to the other side. Do the same with the other pieces of chain. Don't close your loops yet. Figure out how far down you want the earring from the ear wire. I cut a piece of chain, attached it to each loop, closed the loops, and attached the ear wire at the midpoint of this last chain. So it makes a triangle /\ with the ear wire on top. And then you make the other side!

Hopefully that isn't way too confusing. I think if you look at the picture you can see how the directions work. If you make some, post a picture because I want to see how other people improve them!

« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2005 12:56:06 PM »

I really like these.  I'll try my best to do my own.  Oh yeah, you are not a moron.   Thanks for the ideas and the instructions.

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