Free Beading Project: Colorful Wire Wrapped and Crystal Earrings!

Nov 6, 2011

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This bright and cheerful wire-wrapping, wire-coiling teardrop earring project was designed by Lindsay Burke for Fusion Beads. With the upcoming holiday season, these would look great for all those office parties and family get-togethers on your busy calendar! Now, I'm no wire wrapping or wire jewelry-making expert, but these earrings look like fun. Thanks so much to Tammy Jones over at Jewelry Making Daily for sharing this great free beading project with us!

Tools and Materials:

6' of 26-gauge fine silver wire
(2) 22-gauge 3.3mm ID sterling jump rings
(2) 22-gauge 4.8mm ID sterling jump rings
(2) 40mm x 28mm sterling silver flat teardrop components
CRYSTALLIZED-Swarovski Elements crystal beads:
   (2) 3mm fuchsia bicones
   (2) 3mm blue zircon bicones
   (2) 3mm topaz bicones
   (2) 3mm Indian pink AB bicones
   (4) 4mm olivine round
   (2) 4mm blue zircon round
   (2) 4mm Indian red round
   (2) 4mm lime round
   (4) 4mm Indian pink round
   (4) 6mm amethyst graphic cubes
   (2) 9mm x 6mm indicolite drop beads
   (2) 20mm sterling silver flat ear wires
chain-nose pliers
flush cutters

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1. Anchor a 3' length of wire to the right side of a teardrop component by wrapping it around the component twice. 2. Add an indicolite crystal drop bead, and anchor the wire by wrapping it around the component twice. The bead should rest on the inside lip of the component. 3. Add a 4mm lime round bead and anchor the wire by wrapping it around the component twice. The bead should rest on the inside lip of the component.
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4. Repeat in the same manner, adding a 6mm amethyst crystal graphic cube bead and anchor it. Then add a 4mm Indian pink crystal round bead and anchor it to the component. 5. Add a 3mm fuchsia crystal bicone to the wire. 6. Begin adding beads in the opposite direction. Thread the wire through the loop created from the 4mm fuchsia bead in the previous row.
7. Pull the wire taut. 8. Add a 4mm blue zircon crystal round bead, and thread the wire through the loop created from the amethyst crystal graphic cube. Pull the wire taut. 9. Add a 4mm olivine crystal round bead and a 3mm Indian pink crystal bicone, and thread the wire through the loop created from the 4mm lime crystal round bead. Pull the wire taut.
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10. Add a 4mm Indian red crystal round bead, a 3mm topaz crystal bicone, and a 4mm Indian pink crystal round bead, and anchor the wire around the component by wrapping it around twice. 11. Add a 6mm amethyst crystal graphic cube bead to the wire. 12. Begin adding beads in the opposite direction. Thread the wire through the loop created from the beads in Step 10, putting the wire between the 4mm Indian red bead and the 3mm topaz bead. Pull the wire taut.
13. Add a 3mm blue zircon crystal bicone, and thread the wire through the loop created form the amethyst crystal graphic cube from Step 12. Pull the wire taut. 14. Add a 4mm olivine crystal round bead, and pull the wire around the amethyst crystal graphic cube. Anchor the wire to the component by wrapping it around twice. 15. Cover the component by wrapping the wire tightly around the component.
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16. Continue wrapping the component completely with the rest of the wire. Trim both ends of the wire closely to the component. 17. Add a 4.8mm jump ring to the top of the component and close. 18. Use the 3.3mm jump ring to attach the jump ring in the last step to the ear wire and close. Repeat Steps 1-18 for the other earring.

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Have you ever made special holiday jewelry that you can't help but wear all year? Leave a comment here on the blog and share your thoughts with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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on Nov 7, 2011 2:11 AM

what a beautiful pair of earrings!  such an adaptable design too.....

thanks:)

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on Nov 7, 2011 10:53 AM

wow, those are really pretty and doesn't seem too hard to make.

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on Nov 7, 2011 10:54 AM

wow, those are really pretty and doesn't seem too hard to make.

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on Nov 11, 2011 11:12 AM

I was wondering where I can find the  40mm x 28mm sterling silver flat teardrop components to make these ear rings???