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Easy Flat-Back Crystal Earrings

I found this fun and easy project from Facet to make beautiful earrings. You could make easy gifts for friends and family. This would also work to make pendants.

Glue flat-back crystals to brass components for a spark of color

Attaching flat-back crystals to these components is simple — the hard part is knowing when to stop. The colors are so pretty, I always want more. To make sure I don’t overdo it, I always place the crystals on the component first — without gluing — then ask myself, “Can I do without this one (or two or three)?” I usually remove at least a couple and find I have a better design.

SUPPLIES

  • 2 26–31 mm round base metal pendants
  • 2 25 mm connectors
  • 2 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 4 5 mm flat-back crystals
  • 6 4 mm flat-back crystals
  • 6 3 mm flat-back crystals
  • 2 6 mm blossom bead caps
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 22-gauge half-hard wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • toothpick
  • two-part epoxy

Crystals from Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com. Check your local bead store for brass pendants by Vintaj or other manufacturers. 

COLOR NOTES

 Fussy peacock pendants

  • 6 mm bicones: Siam
  • 4 mm bicones: amethyst AB
  • 5 mm flat backs (SS20): volcano
  • 4 mm flat backs (SS16): fuchsia
  • 3 mm flat backs (SS12): sun

Asian window pendants

  • 6 mm bicones: blue zircon AB
  • 5 mm rounds: amethyst
  • 4 mm flat backs (SS16): purple velvet
  • 3 mm flat backs (SS12): blue zircon

     

INSTRUCTIONS

Flat back crystal earrings 1

STEP 1
Arrange flat-back crystals on a pendant. Mix two-part epoxy according to the package directions. Use a toothpick to apply a dot of epoxy to each flat back and the pendant. Press together and allow to dry.
Flat back crystal earrings 2

STEP 2
Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop. String a 4 mm bicone crystal. Make a plain loop. Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop. String a 6 mm bicone crystal and a bead cap. Make a plain loop perpen-dicular to the first loop.
Flat back crystal earrings 3

STEP 3
Open the loops of the 4 mm bicone unit. Attach the pendant and a connector. Close the loops.
Flat back crystal earrings 4

STEP 4
Open the loops of the 6 mm bicone unit. Attach the connector and an earring wire. Close the loops. Make a second earring.
Tip!

Source: Flat-back crystal earrings – Facet Jewelry Making

No-Solder Copper Earrings

Transform hardware store materials into a hammered cold connection for your copper earrings.

Although my background is in pottery, I always knew I wanted to try my hand at jewelry making. It wasn’t until around 2006, when my youngest child began pre-kindergarten, that I took my first jewelry class. On the first day of class, I knew immediately that this is what I wanted to do. There is a special kind of magic that happens when you realize you can transform simple copper sheet and tubing into richly textured and colored jewelry.

Source: No-Solder Copper Earrings | Art Jewelry Magazine