Make These Sparkling Crystal Earrings to Celebrate the Holidays

Dec 11, 2013

Beaded Christmas Earrings with Crystals
Do you still have a couple of holiday jewelry making projects left to cross off your list? Are you looking for something sparkly and fun to wear for New Year's Eve? Our friends at Nunn Design and Fusion Beads have teamed up to bring you this beautiful Crystal Clay earring making project, just in time for the holidays.The Sabrina easy earring project works up in a flash, and those glamorous crystal chatons, these handmade beaded earrings will make you look like a million bucks.

When I first saw the Nunn Design channel beads, I thought they would be perfect for filling with strips of peyote stitch done with cylinder beads or even small seed beads. But they work so well with Crystal Clay and crystal chatons, I'm going to have to rethink what I do with my little pile of them!

If you love Crystal Clay, you'll want to make sure that you check down at the bottom of the blog for a very cool holiday giveaway from our friends at Nunn Design!

You can find all the materials for this beautiful jewelry making project at Fusion Beads. Enjoy!

Materials:

  • Black Crystal Clay
  • 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads, 2
  • Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stones, #1088 PP18, 4 packs
  • 1 pair 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earrings
  • 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass Textured Open Jump Ring, 16 gauge, 4 pieces
  • 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring, 13 gauge, 2 pieces

Tools:

  • Beeswax tipped toothpick or Crystal Katana
  • Wet wipes
  • Plain toothpick or head pin
  • 2 pairs of needle nose pliers

Step-by-step Instructions for the Sabrina Earrings:

Hot to make beaded earrings step 1
Pinch off two equal pea-sized balls, one of Part A (the color) and another of Part B (the hardener) of the black Crystal Clay. Knead the two equal-sized balls fully together until the clay is a consistent color and not marbled.



Hot to make beaded earrings step 2
Split the mixed Crystal Clay in half. Roll one of the halves of clay into a 1" snake and press it into the base of the 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads. Pat the clay gently until it is flat and fully flush to the edges. If you have too much Crystal Clay, you can pinch off the excess and keep patting it down to make the surface smooth. Repeat with the other half of clay and the other channel bead. Use your wet wipes to wipe away any excess Crystal Clay that could be on the side of the metal or on your fingers.



Hot to make beaded earrings step 3
Using a beeswax toothpick, pick-up the individual Crystal Swarovski Elements crystal chaton stone and gently press each into the Crystal Clay. Continue to press chaton Stones in until complete. You have approximately 2 hours to work with the Crystal Clay, so take your time and enjoy.



Hot to make beaded earrings step 4
Use your fingers to gently press the chaton stones into the clay, making sure that all of the chaton stone points are secure and embedded fully into the clay. The Crystal Clay will harden within 2 hours and fully cure within 24.



Hot to make beaded earrings step 5
To open a jump ring, you will need to use two pairs of needle nose pliers. Position one of the pair of chain nose pliers onto a 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring at 9 o'clock and the other set of the chain nose pliers at 3 o'clock. The opening of the jump ring should be at 12 o'clock. To open the jump ring, pull with your left hand toward you and with your right hand pushing away. This will open the gap of the jump ring. Once the jump ring is open, thread it onto one of the 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earrings. Before closing the jump ring, thread on another 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring. Repeat to complete the pair.



Hot to make beaded earrings step 6
Open one of the pieces of the 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 gauge Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring using your handy skill of opening and closing a jump ring learned in the previous step. You will need to create a big enough gap to thread on the cured 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads assembled earlier. Prior to closing the jump ring, thread the Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring through the 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring from the previous step. Repeat to complete the pair.

If you're a fan of Crystal Clay, check out the Nunn Design Ornate Bracelet Kit, available now in the Interweave Shop! Each kit includes all the materials and findings you need to create this classic Crystal Clay bracelet. It's the perfect holiday accessory that you can wear all year long! It also makes the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift. Get your Nunn Design Ornate Bracelet Kit and get your sparkle on this December!

Now, are you ready for a giveaway? Leave a comment on this blog (only one please, duplicates will be deleted) before Monday, December 16, 2013 at midnight CST, and tell us why you love to make jewelry for the holidays, and you could win a prize pack with six (6!) of these gorgeous Adjustable Ornate Ring Kits  from Nunn Design! Each kit includes: Nunn Design antique silver adjustable ornate ring, Preciosa crystal chatons, black Crystal Clay, beeswax toothpick applicator, gloves, and step-by-step instructions with photo step-outs.

You can find Nunn Design on Facebook to stay up to date on new products and free projects!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

 

 

 


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on Dec 11, 2013 8:13 AM

These would be lovely to add to my beading skills..:)  Happy Holidays

pamolly1 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 8:19 AM

Handmade jewelry is the best Christmas gift. It's personal, beautiful, and made with love. What could be better?

on Dec 11, 2013 8:19 AM

I don't see my comment.  Sorry if I double post.  I love this.  I would love to try it.  

lamoney36 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 8:34 AM

I love to make jewelry for the holidays to add a bit of sparkle to my outfit and to give as gifts to friends and family, some of which will become heirlooms.

Ruth Gaines wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 8:36 AM

I am just beginning to try mixed media and this ring would be just what I need.

Barb@2 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 8:36 AM

This looks so easy. I've never tried to work with this clay. I would love to try!

pammaw wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 8:55 AM

I've not made rings yet, and these look wonderful and fun to make!

Mary AnneF wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 8:57 AM

Making jewelry for the holidays to give and sell is so much fun! I love hearing my customers tell me who is getting the gift, and I love seeing personal recipients open their present.

SusanD@120 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 8:59 AM

I love making jewelry for Christmas gifts.  All my friends love that I make jewelry for Christmas!

sandy0646 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:02 AM

My love of jewelry making and giving gifts to friends and family just seem to go together. Beautiful technique, never tried it.

VJBowen wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:04 AM

I have never worked with this product....it definitely looks like fun and would be awesome to incorporate with my jewelry designs...Have a safe and amazing Holiday with both family and friends....

bette311 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:07 AM

I love to make jewelry for Christmas, everyone is surprised to get something handmade, which shows more thoughtfulness and personalization than a store bought gift  I've been doing it for years and it includes homemade

Christmas cookies.  Love new projects and ideas.

on Dec 11, 2013 9:08 AM

I bead with 5 other ladies, this would be a great project for us to share at our weekly beadfest!

kperret wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:21 AM

Since there are so many in our family to buy for for Christmas our family started a tradition 10 years ago that we each draw names and we have to make a homemade gift for that person. I love making jewelry for my gift because it is specifically designed for that person in mind and they can wear it and show it off to their friends!

ccrider2006 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:34 AM

I love making jewelry for all occasions but I love giving jewelry as christmas gifts.  I would love to win these rings to play with.

macfish wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:46 AM

Most of my friends and family appreciate jewelry and I love making it! Each piece is unique and includes a part of me.

Redbird5017 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:58 AM

God has blessed me with a talent for using my hands to make things. I feel wonderful when I can create something to put a smile on someone's face. It is such a great feeling to know that an item that I created with my hands will be around, hopefully, long after I am gone.

These kits look like a fantastic way to learn a new jewelry craft/art!

LeeS@13 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:02 AM

Wow! I was looking for a quick-to-make holiday gift for my female relatives, and this would just floor them! Really beautiful projects! Happy holidays to all!

KarlaS@11 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:09 AM

I enjoy making jewelry for the holidays to give as gifts to friends and loved ones, because to me I am giving a bit of myself to them in my designs.

Karla

on Dec 11, 2013 10:24 AM

I made a ring at a class in Powell at Bloomin' Beads and it was SO COOL!  The ring did come from Fushion.  I thought I pinched off a small amount... but it was enough for one for Mom as well.  She is 90 and loves it and so does her friends.  How fun.

on Dec 11, 2013 10:26 AM

There is nothing like seeing look on friends' faces when they get a one of a kind piece of jewelry, made with THEIR favorite colors/stones/theme... Makes my (holi)day!

on Dec 11, 2013 10:38 AM

I love making jewelry any time, but the holidays are especially fun because you can make jewelry with more bling than usual!

GCT wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:40 AM

I have been wanting to learn how to use the crystal clay for a while, but was hesitant to purchase it.  Winning a kit would certainly get me started in this exciting hobby.  What could be better!

ellegirlm wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:58 AM

Giving jewelry. For Christmas is a family tradition, I remember my Grandmother and my mom both giving creations to friends and family, some I still wear today and I passed it down to my daughter! This kit would be the perfect project for the 2 of us to do together over Christmas break! I love watching people open that box every year knowing I created the piece just for them, with Love from my heart to theirs! It's just magical!

mdrgault wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:59 AM

When I make jewelry as gifts, it is also giving something of me - my time, my creativity, the fact that I was thinking of the recipient, and something that will endure. Every time the piece is worn, a remembrance is continued which will last.

Alikya wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 11:43 AM

I hadn't heard of the crystal clay... it looks like a lot of fun!

LeahSteel wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 11:52 AM

Great idea. Have never seen a detailed tutorial on this product...Thanks!

kelleejm1 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 11:54 AM

I would love to try this out! So sparkly and pretty

MollyB@13 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 12:04 PM

I've always wanted to try this!

Debs149 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 12:08 PM

I love making jewelry for the holidays is great because it's all about the *bling! These earrings look like they would be fun to make and wear!

on Dec 11, 2013 12:21 PM

Being able to use your hands to make anything is a gift. Making jewelry, especially for the holidays, makes gift giving even more special.

eden06 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 12:28 PM

I would love to try this!

Linda@952 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 2:04 PM

I love Crystal Clay, it is such an easy, go-to product, and you can do so many amazing things with it!  For me, home crafted gifts are made for those treasured friends and family, that you love.  Anyone can go to a store and buy something off a rack, but for someone to spend the time involved to make a gift - just for you - to me, that is what Christmas is about!

Linda German

Misty471@shaw.ca

on Dec 11, 2013 2:19 PM

I LOVE the Christmas Holidays with all the Colorfulk Beads and Gemstones.  They make such Awesome Pieces of Jewelry for Gifts that the Family just Love.  These Rings would be something that they could wear all year round and think of ME.  Thanks so much for this opportunity  and have a Safe and Happy Holidays with Family and Friends.  :)

bumdimoo wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 2:37 PM

Making jewelry is a great personal way to give gifts at the holidays, and I've found that people love to receive personally made jewelry too :) I think the black crystal clay would be great to work with, and I can't wait to try it out.

Merry Christmas!

tishbrindle wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 3:03 PM

How gorgeous. I have some vintage chatons what a fun way to be able to use them.

DebbieB52 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 3:06 PM

I was looking at the Sabrina earrings over at Fusion Beads this morning and loved them.  The techniques did not look too hard and I found the instructions clear.  However, 2 weeks before Christmas I couldn't/wouldn't buy for myself, other priorities for now.  I did add them to my wish list and hope to buy sometime in the new year.

mjanis wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 3:30 PM

Thank you for having these free giveaways! Even if we don't win its fun looking at all the new kits that you offer.

on Dec 11, 2013 3:36 PM

Lovely design. They would make nice Xmas gifts.

on Dec 11, 2013 3:41 PM

I have never heard of crystal clay. I would like to try it. Lovely design.

SunniG wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 4:06 PM

Would love another reason to use clay and glitze.

erinjoi wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 5:22 PM

I like to add something homemade to my gifts to show how much I care. Taking the time to make personalized gifts adds to any occasion.

Sophy wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 5:24 PM

I like to make jewelry for the holidays because it puts me in a festive mood.

mrsrocket wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 6:11 PM

I love giving something from the heart for Christmas, and what can be more from the heart than something you've made yourself?

SaraLee52 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 6:37 PM

These don't look too difficult to create and would make a lovely present or wear a sparkly piece to wear for the holidays.

Lynn Mason wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:01 PM

Making holiday jewelry is special, either for yourself or for gifts.  This type of project is new to me so would love to win this giveaway.  Happy holidays.

KathyG@53 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:24 PM

I love to make jewelry for the holidays because my friends love handmade modern pieces that it create for them. This prize would be perfect for my college reunion with my best friends for 25 years !

Kathy G

missy_d wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 10:33 PM

I have never tried this and would like to.

Sue Bead wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 11:39 PM

I love making gifts for Christmas,  but for the last few years I have been sharing my passion for jewelry with my nieces.  I am again giving them beady kits and teaching them a new design technique. These rings would be perfect.

on Dec 12, 2013 12:55 AM

I really want to try this!

shosh1ana wrote
on Dec 12, 2013 5:30 AM

Handmade gifts are so special- more personal, because they show you're willing to invest your time in the gift, and also- that way I have an excuse to find time to craft :)  

sharferrin wrote
on Dec 12, 2013 8:07 AM

I LOVE making jewelry of all kinds--it's so fun, individualized and unique on every level.  I have made a couple of crystal clay projects but am anxious to try this one--the earrings are gorgeous!  and I'm really into rings nowadays!

SINGINGFOOL2 wrote
on Dec 12, 2013 10:25 AM

Love the simplicity of these earrings! I love giving a gift of my handmade jewelry to friends and family. They know I really thought about them in the design of the piece. Its more personal than just getting something from the department store! The process itself is relaxing during this stressful time too!

SINGINGFOOL2 wrote
on Dec 12, 2013 10:25 AM

Love the simplicity of these earrings! I love giving a gift of my handmade jewelry to friends and family. They know I really thought about them in the design of the piece. Its more personal than just getting something from the department store! The process itself is relaxing during this stressful time too!

on Dec 12, 2013 11:25 AM

I love making jewelry for the holidays mostly because I love the sparkle, but also because I love to give it away as gifts.  Nunn has amazing designs and great pieces for inspiration.  I think this kit would be perfect for a night out with friends and a quiet get-together after the holidays!

ejaneemerson wrote
on Dec 12, 2013 3:36 PM

Beautiful idea and love that sparkle.  Plese throw my name in the drawing and have a wondrous Holiday season.  Jane

rk63 wrote
on Dec 12, 2013 4:41 PM

I've never been organised when it comes to Christmas shopping, so would get to the shops last, flustered and unable to find suitable gifts. It's not nice to say 'the receipt's in the bag - you can change it after the holidays'! And  then it struck me, why not combine my passion for jewelry making with my desire to give a one of a kind, custom made gift? Perfect! No more festive fluster, just a cool yule....aaahhhh

nebowen wrote
on Dec 12, 2013 9:09 PM

I love to make jewelry for the holidays because it's a gift that can be personalized for each gift receiver. If someone likes Bling!, a piece of jewelry with lots of Bling! is a perfect gift for them--because Bling! fits the holiday celebratory mood. But if someone's not into shiny stuff, there are so many other things to make as gifts for them as well. (My sisters, for instance, are real nature lovers and don't like shiny jewelry; one is an avid birder, and the other loves to look for deer, moose, otters and other wild animals. So my main guide for them is not to make anything that would scare off wildlife.) Most of all, a gift that I make for someone will be unique and extra memorable because it's been designed and made especially for that person.

jpatel2 wrote
on Dec 13, 2013 11:43 AM

These earrings are so pretty, just recently I made some jewelry clay pendants and that was a lot of fun.

Every year for Christmas I make earrings for my friends, it's a nice gift.

Thank you.

Gdmar wrote
on Dec 13, 2013 2:40 PM

I love making jewelry for the christmas holiday or any holiday. Oh, who am I kidding. I don't need a holiday to want to make jewelry and I am sure I am not alone!

beanie@2 wrote
on Dec 14, 2013 1:39 PM

Since I was a child I've enjoyed making holiday gifts for family and friends. And I am teaching my 4 grandchildren that a handmade gift is very special; we make jewelry, soap, ornaments, and cookies together.  I'm teaching them that "There is no greater gift than the gift of one's time, for in no other offering is there so much of one's self."  Have a safe and healthy holiday.

momkcr wrote
on Dec 14, 2013 7:13 PM

I have three nieces who often request I make jewelry for their presents.  This is the first I have seen of crystal clay and it looks great! I think this would work well into the plans I have for making presents.

dkjune wrote
on Dec 14, 2013 7:53 PM

I love to make holiday jewelry because I can tailor each piece to the recipient ---- and I don't have to worry that they'll see themselves coming and going.  They have a one-of-a-kind sentiment to wear.

tk11230 wrote
on Dec 14, 2013 8:20 PM

I know that if I make jewelry for holiday gifts, I am giving a one of a kind gift that shows I cared enough about the person to make them something unique.

JulieC@11 wrote
on Dec 14, 2013 9:06 PM

I have been wanting to try Crystal Clay, so many projects, so little money!

Happy Holidays :)

heidi@72 wrote
on Dec 15, 2013 1:33 AM

I love having sparkly jewelry for Christmas.

Would love to try out the cystral clay.

KarenK@47 wrote
on Dec 15, 2013 8:27 AM

I'm brand new to crystal clay. Would love to try it.

j2dlessor wrote
on Dec 15, 2013 2:23 PM

I would love to have one of these kits! We don't have money for gifts this year is winning one would be a nice surprise :-) I make jewelry for many of my gifts because I like that it's made by me with love & customized for the person I'm making it for. & I know it will not break within a week! It also makes them happy because many of my friends have difficulties finding the right colors or even the right fit on certain things like bracelets. It's also relaxing for me!

vonprehlyr wrote
on Dec 16, 2013 12:41 PM

Giving a gift of home made jewelry lets the recipient know I'm thinking annoy the individual with the design and is a reminder all year long that the person is special to me.

rowdygirl003 wrote
on Dec 16, 2013 11:08 PM

I love to make jewelry for the holidays because I can make something personal for the receiver. I pick out an outfit I've seen them wear and make a noteā€¦and make something they can wear with the outfit I've chosen. it's fun and personal!