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Go bohemian jeweled earrings

Jeweled earrings make for fast fashion
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Go bold with filigrees decorated with brilliant crystals, including some easy-to-attach flat-back crystals. Changing the type of chain or size of crystals will create a whole new look for these free-spirited earrings.

SUPPLIES

  • 2 50mm filigree findings with 11 loops
  • 18 4mm bicone crystals
  • 36 3mm bicone crystals
  • 34 3mm flat-back crystals, 18 in one color and 16 in a second color
  • 7 in. (18cm) chain, 4–5mm links
  • 18 1-in. (2.5cm) head pins
  • 6 4–5mm jump rings
  • pair of lever-back earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • Gem-Tac or Aleene’s Platinum Bond Glass & Bead glue

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Glue flat-back crystals to a filigree finding as shown, attaching nine flat backs of one color and eight of a second color. Allow to dry overnight.
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2. On a head pin, string a 3mm bicone crystal, a 4mm bicone crystal, and a 3mm bicone. Make a plain loop. Make nine bead units.
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3. Open the loop of a bead unit. Attach the center loop of the filigree finding. Close the loop. Attach the remaining bead units to the filigree’s loops, leaving the outer loops open.
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4. Cut two 11⁄2-in. (3.8cm) pieces of chain. Open a jump ring and attach a chain to an outer loop of the filigree. Close the jump ring. Use a jump ring to attach the second chain.
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5. Use a jump ring to attach both chains to an earring wire. Make a second earring to match the first.

 

Editor's note: 

When gluing, hold each flat-back crystal with chainnose pliers to help you position it on a filigree finding.

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