We love the look of long Chain Duster Earrings. They look delicate and dramatic at the same time. We made these Chain Duster Earrings using two pieces of chain for each earring. And we added a dash of color by creating a long bead dangle of small blue gemstones. We’ll show you how to make the long beaded dangle using wirework. Then we ‘ll show you how to add the chain to create the Chain Duster Earrings.
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Video How-to: Chain Duster Earrings
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How To Make Chain Duster Earrings
1. Start by creating the long bead dangle. To do this, feed 10 faceted gemstone beads onto the headpin. We like to scoop the beads up and set them in the palm of one hand.
Then we “fish” each bead onto the headpin.
2. Next, make a wrapped loop in the headpin. To do this, grasp the headpin wire just above beads with round-nose pliers. Bend the wire over the pliers 90 degrees.
3. Reposition the round-nose pliers to the top of the 90-degree bend.
4. Pull the wire around the top jaw of the pliers to make a partial loop. Reposition the lower jaw of the pliers into the loop and pull wire the rest of the way around.
5. Hold the loop across with the pliers. Pull the tail around the neck two times. If your headpin wire is hard to wrap, use the chain-nose pliers to pull the tail around. Makes it much easier! Trim the end with wire cutters.
6.Open the loop on the earring wire. Feed the bead dangle onto the earring wire.
7. Feed the last link of the 2-inch piece of chain onto the earring wire. Then feed the last link of the longer chain onto the earring wire.
8. Close the earring wire loop using the pliers.
9. Repeat to make a second earring. So pretty!
We love how these turned out and made a second pair with red gemstones.
Kitty kept the blue pair and Jennifer loved the red pair. Which color do you prefer? Tell us in the comments below. We love hearing from you!
Jennifer & Kitty