Make Valentine's Beaded Earrings
Diamond shaped Swarovski earrings with blood red heart in simple bead and wire weave, perfect for a Valentine’s Day date.
You will need:
0.3mm Silver Plated Copper Wire
Clear AB & Siam 4mm Swarovski Crystals
Siam 8mm Swarovski Crystals
Silver plated Fish-hook Earring Findings
Where to purchase:
Swarovski Crystals & Findings – www.jillybeads.co.uk
Wire – www.wires.co.uk
This project was made by beader and milliner Gail Florio who specialises in Bridal accessories. She teaches at LJS and runs her own bridal business, Florio Designs.
It’s important that you layout your design on a bead mat first so that you can see if it actually works before you start. It will also help you see which crystals are next.
These earrings consist of 81 4mm crystals and one 8mm crystal.
The earring on the left is the weaved version and on the right, the crystals waiting to be weaved.
Cut 1 metre of 0.3mm silver plated copper wire (You could also use beading thread and 2 beading needles).
Slide your first clear 4mm crystal on to the centre of the wire and bring one side of the wire through the crystal to form a loop.
The loop will form the bottom of the earring, usually this is pulled tight, but if you leave some space, you could then add dangles.
Split the wires in two and slide on 2 clear crystals to one wire, then take the other wire and go through both crystals from the other side.
Pull both wires so that the 2 crystals sit nice and tight on your first crystal.
The facets in the crystals mean that that they should fit closely together.
Do be careful of overworking your wire too because it can break.
Follow Step 3 with row of 3 crystals - 1 clear, 1 red, 1 clear.
Continue with the following pattern:
Row 4 - 1 clear, 2 red, 1 clear.
Row 5 - 1 clear, 3 red, 1 clear.
Row 6 - 1 clear, 4 red, 1 clear.
Row 7 - 1 clear, 5 red, 1 clear.
Row 8 - 1 clear, 6 red, 1 clear.
Row 9 - 1 clear, 3 red, 1 clear, 3 red, 1 clear.
You’ll now start to see your pattern take shape. Once you have reached row 9, you will then start to decrease in crystals per row to form your diamond shape.
Row 10- 1 clear, 2 red, 2 clear, 2 red, 1 clear.
Row 11 - 7 clear.
Row 12 - 6 clear.
Row 13 - 5 clear.
Row 14 - 4 clear.
Row 15 - 3 clear.
Row 16 - 2 clear.
Row 17 - 1 clear.
Add an 8mm red crystal to both wires to sit on top of the diamond (optional). Using your round nose pliers, form a loop around the bottom jaw and wrap the wires around tightly above the large crystal, trim off the excess wire and tuck the ends in with your chain nose pliers. Open the loop of an earring fish hook and slide on the diamond weave and close loop.
Experiment with different patterns.The diamond pattern below is as follows: Row 1 - 1 clear, Row 2 - 2 Clear, Row 3 - 1 clear, 1 green, 1 clear, Row 4 - 1 clear, 2 green, 1 clear, Row 5 - 1 clear, 3 green, 1 clear. Then decrease your rows by working backwards through rows 4 to 1.
The flower earrings also consist of the 5 row formation. Row 1 - 1 black diamond, Row 2 - 2 Black diamond, Row 3 - 3 black diamond, Row 4 - 1 black diamond, 2 pink, 1 black diamond, Row 5 - 1 black diamond, 3 pink, 1 black diamond. Then decrease the rows as for the diamond pattern.
Please Note: for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to one of our classes.