We just love how the iridescent aqua beads pop against the bright and shiny gold wire in these crystal earrings. And the ombré bicone crystals add a level of quiet sophistication.
How To Make Aqua Cluster Crystal Earrings
2 faceted round flat crystal glass beads, Topaz AB, 8mm x 5mm
8 Swarovski Crystal bicone beads, 4mm, 2 of each color:
White Opal, Crystal Clear, Light Colorado Topaz, and Griege
2 faceted rondelle beads, labradorite, 3mm x 4mm
24-gauge beading wire, gold plate
2 headpins with ball tip, gold plate
8 headpins with flat tip, gold plate
2 earring wires, gold plate
1. Slide a faceted round flat crystal bead onto a ball-tipped headpin and finish with a wrapped loop. To make a wrapped loop, grasp the headpin with round-nose pliers and bend the tail over the pliers 90-degrees. Then grasp the headpin just above the 90-degree turn with the round-nose pliers. Grab the tail with your fingers and wrap it around the pliers to make a partial loop. Reposition the pliers and finish pulling the wire around to complete the loop. Wrap the tail around the headpin twice and trim the tail with the wire cutters. Repeat to make another round flat crystal bead component.
2. To make the bicone bead dangles, slide a bicone onto a flat-tipped headpin and finish with a wrapped loop. Repeat to make 8 bicone bead dangles.
3. Cut a 2” length of wire and make a small wrapped loop at one end. Feed a labradorite rondelle onto the wire and hold it firmly next to the wrapped loop. Grasp the wire on the other side of the rondelle with the round-nose pliers at the base of the jaws to create a large loop. Bend the wire around the pliers and make a partial loop. Feed 2 bicone bead dangles onto the partial loop followed by a round flat crystal bead component and 2 more bicone bead dangles. Finish making the large wrapped loop. Repeat to assemble the other earring.
4. Open the loop on the earring wire using the round-nose pliers. (Be sure to open the loop like you’d open a door so the loop doesn’t lose its rounded shape.) Slide the earring wire through the wrapped loop at the top of the earring and close the loop. Repeat to attach the earring to the other earring wire.