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I have another beautiful beaded earring tutorial for you today! These waterfall earrings are perfect to dress up a casual outfit, or to wear on a night out. What’s more, they’re simple to make and don’t involve too many materials!
To make these fabulous waterfall earrings, you’ll need the following materials:
- 74 x silver transparent Czech glass fire polished beads (3mm)
- Gold tone trace/tiny cable chain
- 2 x gold tone flat ribbon end findings
- 2 x gold tone fish hook earwires
- 10 x gold tone ball pins
- Jewellery-making tools: wire cutters, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, tweezers
- Jewellery glue such as e6000
Thread on 5 x Czech glass fire polished beads onto one of the ball pins. Use your round nose pliers to bend the wire as shown in the photo above.
Trim off the excess wire, leaving around 1cm of wire to play with. Then curl the wire back in towards the beads with your pliers to make a loop. This will be your first beaded strand.
Make a set of 5 beaded strands for each earring. Stagger the amount of beads you’re putting onto the strands so that your earrings will cascade just like a waterfall! I’ve used 5 beads for the outer strands, 8 beads for the inner strands and 11 beads for the longest beaded strand in the middle.
Once you’ve done that, trim off 5 lengths of trace chain so that they are exactly the same size. For this tutorial, I’ve made each length of chain to be 21 links, but you can make them shorter or longer if you wish!
Next, attach one piece of chain to one of the beaded strands you’ve just made as shown in the photo above. Use your round nose pliers to open and close the loop at the top of the beaded strand. Do this for each one of the strands.
Attach the chains to one of your flat ribbon end findings. The easiest way to do this is to dab a little jewellery glue inside the flat ribbon end and use your tweezers to carefully place the chains inside. Tip! Start with the middle beaded strand and work your way to the outer edges! Leave to dry for at least half an hour.
When the glue is dry and the chains are held in place, close up the ribbon end with your flat nose pliers. I’ve used pliers with a nylon jaw for this, so as not to mark the metal. Like these? Get some here.
Finally, attach the earwire finding to the top of the flat ribbon end and you’re done! Repeat steps 1 to 8 to make the other earring!
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Before you go, why not check out some of my other jewellery-making posts:
- How to make a beaded flower ring
- Diamante & tassel fringe earrings DIY
- Washi tape leaf bangle project
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