Quick & Easy Jewelry-Making Project: Sparkling Sparkler Dangle Earrings

Let’s Hear it for the Red, White, and Blue!

There’s something about the 4th of July that takes me back to my childhood. Parades, neighborhood barbecues, bike decorating contests, and fireworks!

neighborhood bike decorating contest, barbecues, 4th of July

That’s me, 3rd from the right, after my sister. Yes – we had matching outfits!

We all hold such pride for our country but even more so on July 4th. To show your pride, this quick and easy jewelry-making project will have you decked out and sparkling in time for a parade, a barbecue, or whatever you have on the calendar.

Sparkling Sprocket Earrings, by Tammy Honaman. Quick & Easy earring project with instructions.

Materials

  • Copper washers
  • Cupchain
  • Flatbacks
  • 18” 24-gauge wire
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesive
  • Crystal setting tool

Sparkling Sprocket

Step 1. Anchor the length of wire to a washer. Wrap the wire around the cup chain, placing the wire between the first and second cups. Wrap twice.

sparkle sprockets step 1. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Pull tight so the wire rests neatly against the washer.

Step 2. As you make the second wrap around the back side of the washer, angle over to be able to wrap the wire between the next two cups. Wrap twice. Repeat and wrap the wire between the next cups.

sparkle sprockets step 2. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Step 3. Repeat Step 2 working all the way around the washer.

sparkle sprockets step 3. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Step 4. Using wire cutters, cut the cup chain after the last cup. Wrap the end of the wire tightly then trim close.

sparkle sprockets step 4. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Step 5. Maneuver the cups so they are lined up as even as you can get them. Apply a bit of adhesive to secure them to the washer. Set aside.

Repeat to create a second Sparkle Sprocket.

Sparkling Wheels

Step 6. Plan your Sparkling Wheel flat back pattern on a blank washer.

sparkle sprockets step 6a. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Apply a dab of glue.

sparkle sprockets step 6b. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Using a crystal-setting tool of your choice, apply a flat back to the glue.

sparkle sprockets step 6c. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Press down on the flat back gently to secure the connection point.

sparkle sprockets step 6d. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Repeat all the way around.

Repeat for a second Sparkling Wheel.

Step 7. Repeat Step 6 to complete two Sparkling Wheels using a different pattern.

Step 8. Add an 8mm jump ring to the Sparkling Sprocket component then add a jump ring to the jump ring. Add a second 8mm jump ring to the Sparkling Sprocket.

sparkle sprockets step 8. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Step 9. Add a 6mm jump ring to the single 8mm jump ring on the Sparkling Sprocket component. Add an 8mm jump ring and a Sparkling Wheel to the 6mm jump ring.

sparkle sprockets step 9. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Step 10. Connect three 6mm jump rings to the 8mm jump ring added in Step 9. Use an 8mm jump ring to connect a sparkling wheel to the last 6mm jump ring just added.

sparkle sprockets step 10. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

Step 11. Use the extra 8mm jump ring  added in Step 8 to connect an earring finding.

sparkle sprockets step 11. Free jewelry–making project using Swarovski crystals

 

For five more free earring projects made using brick stitch, herringbone, tubular peyote, and other bead-weaving stitches, be sure to download our free Seed Bead Earrings project book.

Have a favorite 4th of July memory or a design idea you’d like to share? Or maybe a favorite recipe you’ll be making for your picnic? Please share with us at BeadingDaily.com!

Yours creatively,

blue_tammy

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