Stardust Earrings II Tutorial

Written by
Veronica Greenwood
Published on
January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PSTst, January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST

Created by: Veronica Greenwood



Designer Tips

  • Link together 7 apatite or aquamarine beads with the 26-gauge gold-filled wire. Link 1 more blue bead but add 1 CZ drop at the end: For step-by-step linking instructions, see Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF). Set aside.
  • Link together 6 tourmaline beads with 26-gauge gold-filled wire. Link one more tourmaline but add 1 CZ drop at the end. Set aside.
  • Link together 4 pearls with 26-gauge gold-filled wire. Link one more pearl bead but add 1 CZ at the end. Set aside.
  • Slide 2" of chain, then 1 clear bicone onto the hammered endless-hoop style ear wire.
  • Slide the linked garnets, then 1 4mm AB bicone onto the hoop.
  • Slide 3" chain, then 1 bicone onto the hoop.
  • Slide the linked tourmalines, then 1 bicone onto the hoop.
  • Slide the linked pearls, then 1 bicone onto the hoop.
  • Slide 1.5" of chain, then 1 4mm AB bicone onto the hoop.
  • Slide 1" of chain, then 1 bicone onto the hoop.
  • You can either be done as-is, or if you want a little more security at the end of the beads, you can wrap 26-gauge wire around the hoop about 3 times and crimp it tight onto the hoop with chain-nose pliers.
  • Finish it off with an earring nut or French wire keeper to keep it on your ear securely.
  • Repeat for other earring.
Note: Vary the fringe length and number of beads as desired ... long, short, or in between!

Additional note: In case you're wondering why the colors in these earrings don't quite match the aquamarines and pink tourmalines shown below them ... These earrings were created using the designer's bead stash. When I asked if we had any designs with these ear wires, Veronica volunteered the earrings she was wearing, and she then found our closest current online beads to list as suggested parts, but the beads in her earrings are actually from strands of gemstones we don't always have available.

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 strand (use 16 beads) #21-892-576 Apatite 2mm Faceted Round Gemstone Beads
  • 1 strand (use 14 beads) #21-893-930 Pink Tourmaline 3mm Faceted Round Gemstone Beads
  • 1 strand (use 10 beads) #20-612-011 Freshwater Pearl Beads, Rice, 2-2.5mm - White
  • 1 dozen (use 4 beads) #05-045-04-02 Swarovski 5045 Rondelle Bead, 4mm - Aurora Borealis
  • 1 dozen (use 10 beads) #05-328-03-01 Swarovski 5328 Faceted XILION Bicone Beads, 3mm - Crystal
  • 6 each #46-690-14-042 Cubic Zirconia 4mm Gold-Filled Channel Charm - Diamond
  • 1 pair #34-669-21 14kt Gold-Filled Hammered-End Endless Hoop Style Earwire, 26mm
  • 1 144-pack (use 2 pieces) #33-961 Clear Rubber Earring Backs, Wire Keeper
  • 2 feet (use 15"") #40-692-14 1/20, 14kt Gold-Filled Fine Cable Chain Spool, Footage
  • 1 ozt (use 5 feet) #64-420-14 1/20, 14kt Gold-Filled Jewelry Wire, Round, 26ga, Half Hard

Tools

  • Round-nose pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Cutters
Other Supplies
  • Ruler