We bought a pair of hammered squares at a bead show with no idea how we were going to use them. We love how these Beaded Chandelier Earrings turned out with these garnet and spinel gem dangles. We think these would look great with a fancy dress or be fun with jeans and a t-shirt! Want to make your own pair? We’ll show you every step!
Here’s a video we made for these Beaded Chandelier Earrings earrings. In it you’ll see how we turned each bead into a dangle and attached each one to the hammered square.
Video How-to: Beaded Chandelier Earrings
How To Make Beaded Chandelier Earrings
Materials To Make The Beaded Chandelier Earrings
2 Lentil beads, Spinel, 8mm
12 Rondelle beads, Garnet, 3mm
14 Gold ball headpins
2 Gold hammered squares, 15mmx15mm
2 Gold earring wires
Steps To Make The Beaded Chandelier Earrings
1. Start by sliding a lentil bead onto a headpin. A lentil bead is called a lentil because it is flat and shaped like a lentil bean. This one is spinel which is a blue-black gemstone with very high sheen. One of our favorites!
2. Make a partial loop in the headpin above the bead. To do this, pinch the headpin just above the bead using the round-nose pliers.
3. Next, bend the wire 90 degrees.
4. Reposition the pliers, but move up on the jaw a bit. We want the loop to be big enough to go around the hammered square. Then pull the wire of the headpin around the jaw of the pliers.
5. Reposition the other jaw of pliers into into the hole and pull the wire all the way around to make a complete loop.
6. Before you close the loop, put slide the hammered square into the loop.
7. Secure the dangle onto the hammered square by making two wraps. To do this, grasp across the loop with the pliers. Then take the tail of the headpin and wrap it around the neck. You can use your chain-nose pliers to grip the headpin wire and pull it tight. Make a second wrap, then use the wire cutters to trim the end.
8. Use this same technique to make dangles with each of the small garnet rondelles. Be sure to attach each one to the hammered square before you complete the closed loop with two wraps.
9. When all the beads are attached to the hammered square, it’s time to add the earring wire. Open the loop on the earring wire using the chain-nose pliers. Slide the hammered square inside and close the loop. We like to open the loop sideways so we don’t lose the round shape of the loop. (This is easy to see in the video!)
10. Repeat to make a second earring.
If you have any questions about how to make these Beaded Chandelier Earrings, leave us a comment and we”ll reply. We love connecting with you!
Jennifer & Kitty
Do you like dangly earrings? Here are some more we have made:
Gold Chandelier Earrings
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