Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flower Chandelier Earrings

I think of new projects in the oddest places.  Every Thursday, a group of friends and I go out to a local bar for trivia night, and last week, while we were eating pizza, powering up our brains for the questions, I grabbed a napkin and a pen, and drew out the design for some new chandelier earrings.  Well, I finally got around to making them, and I think they turned out so cool!  They almost look like abstract flowers, too, with the two spirals being the leaves, and the center bead being the petals.  Either way, I think they're really pretty, and if you decide to try making these, let me know by sending a picture via my contact page!  I'd love to see what you come up with!


  • 4 6mm round faceted beads
  • 20 guage wire
  • 2 Earring hooks
  • Lollipop, toothpick, dowel, etc (something small and round that you can make circles with)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Using your round object, make a small circle at the top of a small length of wire, almost like you're making a jump ring.  Slide a bead on to the free end of the wire, and create another circle on the other side of the bead.  Cut off any excess.  Make four of these - 2 for each earring.
  • Taking a longer length of wire, make a circle in the center of the wire, and then slightly bend the wire creating a roof-like shape, as if it were a child's drawing of a house.
  • Mirror the house about an inch from the last bend, using your round object to wrap both free wire ends into another circle.  Grab one of the ends, keeping the round object in place, and angle it in the direction of where you want your spiral to go.  With the other end, wrap around both ends of wire, right before your round object.  This will keep both circles together.  Then, angle this wire in the direction of the spiral as well.
  • Create spirals with your needlenose pliers, and wrap them around the hexagon we created in the last step to keep them in place.
  • Attach one bead to the top circle (this will act as your flower head) and another on the bottom circles for added decoration.
  • Finally, attach earring hooks to the top circle, and you're finished!

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