DIY: Art Deco Swing Earrings

Staying in the summertime groove of lightweight, slinky and sparkly is a must for jewelry projects this season. These earrings have so many possibilities that I couldn’t limit myself to only providing the pattern for one design, I also included the pattern for a pair that uses rhinestone chain. They are so simple (okay, one step is kinda frustrating) you will be inspired to customize the pattern yourself.

I’d love to see what you make from this DIY. Post your pics on Baubles & Beads Facebook page by August 2017 and I’ll hook you up with a coupon code to help you purchase more supplies.

Materials Needed (for the gold pair)MaterialsArtDeco-BaublesAndBeads

Preparing the Chain

Counting ball links is the least wasteful method of cutting the chain. It’s not so great for those of us with lacking 20/20 vision. Keep this technique chill by starting with each chain the longest length and then cut the rest down to size.

Step1ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 1: Cut the following number of chains into 1 3/4″ lengths: 8 black pieces, 4 silver pieces, 6 gold pieces. Repeat this step for the second earring and set them aside.

Securing the Chains into the End Cap

Step2ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 2: Feed one ball link of each chain into the slot of the end bar in the following pattern: 2 black, 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 black, 2 gold, 2 black, 2 silver, 2 gold, 2 black. Repeat this step for the other earring and set aside.

Step3ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 3: Using chain nose pliers gently fold the open end of the end cap closed while making sure no chains fall out of the cap (this is the tricky part). I usually use the tool to get the end to fold downward and then secure it tight by pushing the end against the edge of a table or hard surface. Make certain the end is closed enough that the chains can’t fall out. Repeat this step on the other earring and start to get excited.

Cutting the Fringe Pattern

It is inevitable that even though I measured each length of chain they are are different lengths. I like to count the ball links of center two chains so that I am certain the two earrings are a match. (I will also admit I counted them, all 32, by taking a picture of the earrings and zooming in on my phone so I could easily see the ball links.) I have made a lot of these earrings and every time I cut the fringe a bit different, usually because I make a mistake.

Step4ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeads.jpgStep 4: Each length of fringe decreases by two links from the center two chains. Cut each chain, one by one, starting from the center and working toward the ends. If you make a mistake simply repeat it on the other side and call it a custom design. Repeat the same pattern on the opposite earring.

Attach the Ear Wire

Step5-ArtDecoSwing-BaublesAndBeadsStep 5: Using chain nose pliers, attach the open loop of your ear wire to the loop on the end bar.

Designer’s Musing: If you are a keen tutorial reader you may have noticed my picture of materials includes a lever back ear wire while my list of materials uses a post. When I connected the lever back to the end bar I discovered the loop on the lever back was too small to allow the earring to dangle freely so I opted for the post earring instead. To keep my ears from reacting to the metal I always use precious metal ear wires on my designs even if the other materials are base metal, unless of course they are for someone who always loses the earrings I give her 🙂

But Wait There’s More…

When I decided to write this tutorial I had a hard time decided which earring to make. Why not both? Check out this hottie… (recipe ingredients are included below). Same technique just different chains.

Art Deco Sparkle Earrings

ArtDecoRhinestone-BaublesAndBeadsMaterials Needed (silver pair)

Win one of the samples by commen ting on this post before May 29th, 2017. We will choose one lucky winner and contact you for shipping details, good luck, & most importantly enjoy!

DIY -Galaxy Bracelet

GalaxysamplesTools Needed
Light-duty wire cutters
Chain nose pliers (2 pairs are helpful)
Hypo-Tube cement

Materials Needed For a 7″ Bracelet
1 1/2 yards .5mm leather
1 foot 3mm rolo chain, cut into two 6″ lengths
7 inches 3mm rhinestone chain
Four 6mm 18 gauge jump rings
1 toggle clasp

This design is made by feeding leather through every other link of two chains using a figure-8 pattern. Rhinestone chain is “caught” in the middle by crossing the leather over both the front and the back of the chain, between the rhinestone links. When weaving the chain it is important to keep the leather loose so that it rests along the outside edge of the chain links.

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Step 1: Attach a jump ring to the 1st link of each rolo chain using two pairs of chain nose pliers.

TIP: Notice how the links of the rolo chain are positioned so that each link alternates direction, one facing forward, one facing sideways. The leather is woven through the vertical links (those facing sideways).

Step 2: Feed the leather through the third link of each chain so that there are equal lengths of leather coming out each side of the chains.

Step 3: Feed one end of the leather into the next vertical link of both chains and pull it through loosely, using a figure-8 pattern.

Step 4: Feed the second end of the leather through the chains using the same technique so that both cords are running through the same links.

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Step 5: Position the 1st link of the rhinestone chain between the two strands of leather, one piece in front and one piece behind the space in between the rhinestone links. Keep the tension on the leather loose enough for the rhinestone chain to be positioned between the two rolo chains and the leather cord resting on the outside edge of the horizontal link.

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Step 6: Continue weaving the bracelet, feeding the leather cords through the vertical links in a figure-8 pattern, catching one rhinestone link with each stitch. Weave until the bracelet is 1 inch shorter than the desired finished length.

TIP: When weaving, drape the chains over your hand as you feed the leathers through, flipping the piece over as you work, feeding one leather on the front side of the piece and feeding the other leather through the backside of the piece.

Step 7:  Cut off any remaining rhinestone chain links and cut the rolo chains so that there are two links beyond the final leather stitch.

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Step 8: Tie the two strands of leather together in a square knot on the inside of the bracelet. Use cement glue to secure the knot and allow it to dry for 10 minutes. When dry, trim the ends of the leather with light-duty wire cutters.

Step 9: Attach the last links of the rolo chain with a jump ring using two pair of chain nose pliers.

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Step 10: Finish both ends of the bracelet by attaching each end of the clasp with a jump ring.

Designer’s Note: Adjustments to length can be made by using either longer or shorter chains. Adding additional jump rings at the end of the bracelet can also increase length. Enjoy!!

A big shout-out goes to Dean for the great design idea! Thanks, Dean -BSG

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