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October 06, 2014

Make Long Dangle Earrings in Under 30 Minutes

It's Almost Show Time!!

Holidays are the time of year for craftspeople like me.  

We work all year long coming up with new designs and honing our techniques just so we can be paralyzed with fear and stress over not having enough jewelry to sell at holiday boutiques or shows.

And then there's the gifts!  

If you're just getting started making jewelry, of course, you want to show off your skills and give a few handmade sparklies to friends and family.  Guess what? - they will love them and want more every year.  That's great, but refer to paragraph one and add that to your holiday stress-list.

Take a Deep Breath

No worries though - just have a strategy.  I always try to have some jewelry styles that are relatively quick to make, inexpensive, but perfect for holiday wear.  

Long dangle earrings you can make in under 30 minutes

These long dangle earrings can all be made in less than 30 minutes, use materials that you probably
have on hand, and are easy to change so they can suit any style.  You can make them shorter or longer and use any chain and beads you have in your stash.  

I am known to buy assortment bags like this Chain Remnant Bag or the ones at Fire Mountain Gems and the goodies in there can work perfectly.

Step by Step

Materials to make simple earrings in under 30 minutes

The materials pictured above will make one earring.  For the pair, you will need:
  • 2 pieces of cup chain a little over 2 inches long
  • 2 pieces of curb chain closer to 3 inches long
  • 6 head or ball pins
  • 6 3.5 mm beads
  • 2 earwires

My rhinestone cup chain  is 2 1/4 inches long and the curb chain is 2 3/4 inches long. Most of the materials came from my spare parts boxes, except for the pyrite beads.  Those came in my most recent order from Auntie's Beads.  

Notice that I've already started the loop on the ball pin with the pyrite beads, but haven't attached them yet?  I do that as a reminder to myself not to wrap the loop until I've attached it to the chain.  I can't tell you how many times I get in the wrapping zen and keep wrapping them without attaching them.

Auntie's Beads - New order just in!

Here's my order from Auntie's with the pyrite.  I love this little selection of beads.  I'm sure I imagined them all working together, but I'm not sure that's going to happen.

Anyway, back to the earrings.

These earrings are so simple to make (takes less than 30 minutes) but perfect for holiday giving!

Attach the three pyrite beads to the end of the chain.  I staggered them with one bead in the bottom center, and one bead on each side of the second to last link.

Make in under 30 minutes - chain and wire shoulder duster earrings

Then attach them to your ear wire.  How easy was that?  Try these with whatever chains you have on hand - there's no need to have the same ones I have.

Materials - Quick gift earrings for the holidays or any time

Chain tassel earring materials:
  • Two 2 inch pieces of box chain
  • Two 1.5 inch pieces of curb chain
  • 4 pyrite beads on head or eye pins
  • 4 jump rings
  • 2 ear wires
Earrings you can make in under 30 minutes with simple materials

Use a wrapped loop to attach the bead to the bottom of the curb chain (or whatever chain you are using as the tassel)

Earrings you can make in under 30 minutes with simple materials:  Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Repeat on the other side of the chain.

Earrings in under 30 minutes - great gifts and easy to make

Thread one jump ring through the middle of the chain with the beads (or off one loop if you like the dangles to be different sizes like mine).  Also thread the other chain on the jump ring and close it.

Earrings in under 30 minutes - great gifts and easy to make

Add the ear wires using a jump ring and you have a second pair of fun swing earrings.

Make Long Dangle Earrings in Under 30 Minutes: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

This last pair of earrings takes a little more time because each bead is individually wrapped, but they're honestly my favorite.  Right now, I love the subtle sparkle of faceted pyrite and dark patina sterling silver.  These ones are mine... but I can make more if you'd like a pair.

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