One good thing about not always being able to buy all the supplies you want, is that you learn to get creative with the supplies you do have.
I’ve often admired jewelry made with long metal tubes as beads, especially the ones that are curvy or spiraled. In fact I thought I’d picked up a few of those curvy tubes in my travels, but naturally, I couldn’t find them. So, when I came across these longish crimps, I said, “Aha!”
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Throw in a package of Swarovski crystal bicone beads in assorted blues, a few other silver plated findings and there you have it! It’s fun to see what you can come up with whilst digging through the stash. 🙂
You can watch the Blue Crystal & Silver Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.
- 40 – 3mm x 2 mm silver plated crimp tubes
- 1package 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone bead assortment, color “Muted Blues”
- 12 – 2mm silver plated crimp beads
- 12 silver plated crimp covers
- 2 silver plated ear wires
- bead stringing wire
- wire cutters
- chain nose pliers
- Cut bead stringing wire into six 4-inch pieces. On each one string a crimp bead. Slide bead all the way to one end of the wire and flatten with chain nose pliers. Cover crimps with crimp cover beads.
- On two of the wires string an a pattern of nine 3mm tubes with five 4mm bicones, on each of another two use seven 3mm tubes and four bicones and on the last two wires use four 3mm tubes and four bicones on each.
- Slide a crimp bead onto each wire, slide wire back through bead until you have a very small loop just above last bead strung. Flatten crimps with pliers, trim excess wire and cover flattened crimp with crimp cover to complete dangle.
- Open the loop of an ear wire and slide on one dangle in each of the three lengths. Close ear wire securely and repeat to make second earring.