Sep 222014
 

When I saw these heart shaped jump rings, I knew they had the potential to become adorable earrings.

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I love the way the hearts move around, changing angles as you move. The Swarovski crystals are a nice touch of bling, but you can use any beads that suit your fancy.

You can watch Heart Dangle & Crystal Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • six 9mmx11mm heart shaped jump rings
  • six 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads
  • six head pins (or two head pins and four eye pins)
  • two ear wires
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. If using beads in different colors, arrange them in the order you would like, from top to bottom.
  2. Slide a bottom bead onto a head pin.
  3. Trim wire coming out of bead to 1/4-inch.
  4. Grasp end of wire with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop so it just crosses over itself.  Grasp loop with pliers to center over bead, making sure loop is closed securely. (It shouldn’t be crossing itself now.)
  5. Use wire cutters to trim head off a head pin and repeat step 4 to make a loop (or use an eye pin.)  Slide a middle bead onto the wire and repeat steps 3 and 4 to make another loop on opposite side of bead.
  6. Repeat step 5 using a top bead.
  7. Open a heart shaped jump ring and slide on loop of bottom bead and one loop of middle bead. Close jump ring securely.
  8. Open a heart shaped jump ring and slide on remaining loop of middle bead and a loop of top bead. Close jump ring securely.
  9. Open a heart shaped jump ring and slide on remaining loop of top bead and loop of ear wire. Close jump ring securely to complete one earring. Repeat to make second earring.
Jul 282014
 

I just love any project with the “how did they do that” factor.  This necklace fits that bill perfectly, with the illusion that the crystal beads are suspended on the wire.

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The secret is in the use of crimp covers, little doo-dads that disguise the flattened crimps and look like beads when closed.

Btw, yes, I did misspeak in the video, you only need two jump rings, not three. Also, I tried this on and think I’m going to add another 4-inch piece of chain to the other side. That’s the beauty of knowing how to make your own jewelry!

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Materials:

  • 3 pieces colored beading wire, 19 strand or higher, cut to 28-inches, 25 inches & 23.5 inches
  • 15 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads, Indian Pink
  • 30 crimp covers
  • 36 2mm crimp beads
  • 2 bead cones
  • 2 3-inch pieces 22 gauge craft wire
  • 4-inch piece chunky chain
  • 2 jump rings
  • lobster clasp

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • bead design board
  1. Arrange the 15 Swarovski crystal bicone beads on the design board with six beads in the outer channel, five in the center and four in the inner. Space them out filling in between the 12-inch marks on either side of the board. (For 24-inches of beaded wire.)
  2. Slide a crimp onto the longest piece of wire and use chain nose pliers to flatten bead near the center of the wire.
  3. Hold a crimp cover with pliers and place the flattened crimp inside, squeeze the pliers gently to close to crimp cover.
  4. Slide a Swarovski crystal bicone bead onto the wire, then add another crimp and flatten the crimp on the other side of the crystal. Cover the crimp the same way as in step three.
  5. Slide on another crimp, place the first crystal down in its place on the design board, then slide the newest crimp up next to the nearest crystal. Flatten in place with chain nose pliers and repeat steps 3 & 4.
  6. Continue in the same manner to add all 15 Swarovski crystals to the wires, each with a flatten crimp covered by a crimp cover on either side.
  7. Hold the three strands up to yourself in a mirror and determine the desired length and position of each strand. Tape both sets of ends in place, leaving at least 1.5-inches of wire sticking out from the tape.
  8. Choose the shorter wire in one group of three and slide on a crimp. Slide the wire back through the crimp until there is a 1/8-inch loop of wire remaining. Flatten crimp with chain nose pliers.  Repeat with other two wires in the bundle, making each loop the same length. Repeat with other set of three wires & remove tape.
  9. Grasp a 3-inch piece of craft wire at its center with chain nose pliers and make a 90° bend.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop to open and slide on three of six loops made in step 8. Close loop, hold with chain nose pliers and use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. 
  10. Slide a bead cone onto wire to cover all crimps. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead cone.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.   Slightly twist loop to open and slide on one end of a piece of chain. Close loop, hold with chain nose pliers and use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  11. Repeat step 10 to add a bead cone and a jump ring to the other end of necklace.
  12. Add lobster clasp with a jump ring to end without chain.
Jun 232014
 

Sometimes all it takes for inspiration is a lovely grouping of colors.  As soon as I saw Swarovski’s “Sea Breeze” assortment of 6mm bicone crystals, I knew what I wanted to do.

sea-breeze-crystal-necklace-still-down

(Click on either photo for a closer look.)

I have no idea of the name of the pendant shape. It was a free goodie tucked in with an order from Art Beads and I wasn’t able to find it in any Swarovski catalog.  If you know, please let us know!

sea-breeze-crystal-necklace-still-hanging

The chain is actual antique brass… it’s cuckoo clock chain from my friends who repair clocks.

You can watch the Sea Breeze Crystal Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • desired length 4-links-per-inch necklace chain with clasp (mine is 30 inches long)
  • approx. 6-inches 7-link-per-inch chain, separated into links that are 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 links long
  • 1 package 15-6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in color assortment “Sea Breeze”
  • 15 daisy spacers for bicones (optional)
  • 18mm x 10mm Swarovski crystal pendant
  • 2 bead caps for pendant (optional)
  • 15 head pins
  • 1 3-inch piece 20 gauge wire

Tools:

  • two pair chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Slide onto a head pin: 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone bead and a daisy spacer.
  2. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits daisy spacer.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop open and insert end link of one of the short pieces of chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 to add a 6mm crystal to one end of each of the smaller pieces of chain.
  4. Find center link of necklace chain. Repeat steps 1 & 2 to add a 6mm crystal to every other link on each side of center link.  (Five crystals on each side.)
  5. Grasp 3-inch piece of wire near the center with chain nose pliers; make a 90° bend. Grasp bend with round nose pliers about halfway up the round nose and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a larger loop than usual.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop open and insert other end links of each of the five short pieces of chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  6. Slide on a bead cap, if using, 18mm x 10 mm Swarovski crystal pendant and another bead cap.
  7. Repeat step 2 to make a wrapped loop attached to center link of necklace.