Friday, February 26, 2016

Bohemian Sapphire Earrings

These bohemian inspired chandelier earrings are so elegant. With ice-coloured crystals dangling gracefully from the bottom of the loops, they sparkle as they move creating an air of elegance and sophistication. The delicate look is achieved by combining cool coloured crystals with a lightweight silver filigree chandelier fitting. Add a sparkly cubic zirconia-set earring wire to make them even more upmarket and they'll look like they were handcrafted by a master jeweller!
Silver filigree chandelier earrings with dangling blue crystals

You'll need:
Twelve 4mm Sapphire Satin Swarovski bicones
Four Light Sapphire briolettes (I used 9x5mm but you can also use 11x5.5mm for this design)
Twelve silver head pins
Two filigree silver chandelier fittings with 7 loops (I got mine from Beads n Crystals)
Two cubic zirconia-set silver earring wires
24g non tarnish silver plated wire
Tools: round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters

Set aside half the components and work on one earring at a time. String a bicone on each of the 6 head pins.
Row of head pins strung with blue crystals

Bend each one just above the crystal at a 90° angle.
Crystal head pin bent at a right angle with pliers

Trim the head pin to approximately 10mm (3/8").
Trimming bent head with wire cutters

Turn a simple loop.
Crystal component with loop on round nose pliers

Create a triangle jump ring: Place the end of the wire (approximately 2mm (1/16") in the jaws of the flat nose pliers and bend it at a 60° angle to create a short prong.
End of jewellery wire placed in the tips of flat nose pliers

Place the pliers on the other side of the bend you just made and bend the wire on the other side of the pliers at a 60° angle. This will be the first side of the triangle.
Jewellery wire being being in jaws of flat nose pliers

Place the pliers in the bend of the last angle formed and create another 60° angle. This forms the second side of the triangle.
Pliers bending wire into the shape of a triangle jump ring

Trim the wire to approximately 2mm (1/16"). This will be the second prong.
Trimming the excess wire away from a handmade triangle jump ring

Make two of these triangle components and set one aside for the second earring.

Hook the triangle jump ring through the top loop of the chandelier component.
Triangle jump ring hooked through loop in silver filigree chandelier earring fitting

Position one of the prongs into the briolette and then insert the other prong into the other side of the crystal. Gently squeeze the two sides together until the crystal is secured. Attach the second triangle jump ring and briolette to the middle loop along the bottom of the chandelier fitting in the same way.
Triangle jump ring being squeezed closed

Open the loops of the bicones and attach them to the remaining loops.
Attaching a crystal dangle through a loop in a silver chandelier earring component

If the loop of your earring wire loop is soldered like mine, use the flush cutters to cut the loop near the top.
Cutting the closed loop on an earring wire with wire cutters

Gently open the loop sideways and hook on the chandelier fitting. Close the loop again.
Chandelier fitting being hooked onto loop of earring wire

Now make a second earring to match and you're set to sparkle the night away.

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Pin for DIY Bohemian Sapphire Chandelier Earrings. Silver filigree chandelier fitting with a row of dangling Swarovski crystals in shades of blue below a focal tear drop crystal

'Til next time.......





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