Learn to make these Ruby Dangle Earrings. In this video how-to, we’ll show you how to create the crystal bead dangle and attach it to the ring. Then we’ll show you how to add a fun gold tag! Plus we’ll show you a fun new tool: a jump ring opener!
Here’s a video how-to showing how to make these everyday earrings. Follow along as we make the earrings, then use the materials list and steps below to make your own.
Video How-to: Ruby Dangle Earrings
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How To Make Ruby Dangle Earrings
2 Faceted oval crystal beads, ruby red, 4mmx5mm (Ours have a vintage finish.)
2 Faceted oval crystal beads, ruby red, 3mmx4mm
2 Connector rings, twisted rope style, 12mm diameter
2 Metal tags, gold, 2mmx4mm
2 Headpins, gold
2 Earring wires, gold
2 Jump rings, gold (This set on Amazon comes with a jump ring opener!)
1. To get started, slide the larger ruby crystal onto the headpin followed by the smaller ruby crystal.
2. Next make a loop in the headpin wire. To do this, grasp the headpin wire above the beads with the round-nose pliers. Bend the tail of the wire over the pliers to make a 90-degree bend. Reposition the round-nose pliers to the top of the bend. Grasp the tail of the wire and pull it over the pliers to form a partial loop. Reposition the round-nose pliers so the bottom jaw is in the partial loop. Pull the wire tail the rest of the way around to form a complete loop.
3. Slide the gold connector ring into the loop in the headpin.
4. Grasp the loop across with the pliers and pull the tail around the neck two times.
5. Trim the end of the wire with wire cutters.
6. Open a jump ring. You can use two pairs of pliers or a jump ring opener. To use a jump ring opener, place it on your index finger. Pick up a jump ring with the pliers and set it into the slot in the ring. Rotate the pliers.
7. Feed the tag onto the jump ring, then slide the connector ring into the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
8. Open the earring wire loop, slide the connector ring in, then close the earring wire loop.
9. Repeat to make a second matching earring.
We like how light-weight these drop earrings are. And the dark ruby color goes with just about everything!
Jennifer & Kitty