How-To: Make Quick and Stylish Gold Leaf Earrings, Perfect for You or a Gift
|Photos courtesy of Prima Bead.|
Just in time for holiday parties, handmade jewelry gifts, or both, these stylish gold "leaf" chain earrings are a perfect addition to a holiday or year-round wardrobe. Here's how to make them, courtesy of our friends at Prima Bead.com.
100" gold-tone small curb-link chain (Prima #34718100)
145pc starter pack in gold tone (Prima #34712001) *
silver-lined gold 11/0 seed beads (Prima #34733041)
24-gauge gold-tone wire (Prima #3201801)
* or ear wires of your choice
1. Cut chain in these lengths: six 7-link lengths, eight 8-link lengths, and ten 9-link lengths.
2. Cut a 7" length of wire and fold the wire in half to create the bend at the bottom of the leaf shape. Thread an eye pin onto the center of the wire at the bend.
3. Thread the following pieces in this order/pattern onto each side of the wire: a seed bead, a 7-link chain, two seed beads, a 7-link chain, two seed beads, an 8-link chain, two seed beads, an 8-link chain, two seed beads, an 8-link chain, two seed beads, a 9-link chain, two seed beads, a 9-link chain, two seed beads, a 9-link chain, two seed beads, a 9-link chain, two seed beads, a 9-link chain, two seed beads, an 8-link chain, two seed beads, a 7-link chain, and 10 seed beads.
4. Form a wrapped loop on each side of the wire after the last of the seed beads. Trim off the excess wire.
5. Thread the eye pin with the following pattern: eight seed beads, the bottom 7-link chain from the right, then the 7-link chain from the left, a seed bead, the next 7-link chain from the right, then the 7-link chain from the left, a seed bead, the 8-link chain from the right and then the 8-link chain from the left. Repeat until there is one seed bead between each set of chains.
6. Form a loop on the end of the eye pin after the last of the chain segments are threaded onto it. Attach that loop to the two wrapped loops at the end of the golden wire.
7. Attach an earring wire to the top loop of the eye pin.
8. Repeat steps 1-7 for the matching earring.
You could make a third one, or perhaps make a larger one by using longer lengths of chain, for a matching pendant. You could also use multiple metals–use silver wire with gold chain, for example, or vice versa, or even use colored anodized aluminum wire in festive jewel tones with colorful crystals. There are lots of opportunities for personalization with this project!
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Visit Prima Bead for supplies and a downloadable PDF project sheet for making these earrings.