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Glamorous Crystal Cluster Earrings

Crystals are beautiful. Making these cluster earrings was pure joy, and they sparkle like diamonds in your ears when you wear them. Unfortunately photos cannot give them enough justice, so they have to be seen (or made) for you to see them in all their sparkling glory. The concept is very easy, you just stitch the bicones onto a mesh dome, attach an ear wire, and voilĂ , you have a pair of sparkling Swarovski earrings, fit for any party. If you want to express glamor to the full, combine them with the necklace, that you find in this tutorial: Sparkling Crystal Feathers.

The photos in this tutorial are unfortunately not the best one, as my camera for some reason refuse to cooperate. I still hope you can see well enough to get the idea of how sparkly they really are. So, are you ready to start on your earrings? OK!

What you need:
  • 4 mm Swarovski bicones in Tanzanite AB and Purple velvet
  • #8 seed beads Amethyst (Dyna mites)
  • # 15 Rocailles Gold luster blue
  • 2 mesh domes 14 mm.
  • Fireline
  • # 12 beading needle
  • Silver wire 20 gauges(if you want to make your own) or 2 ear wires
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Metal files

Step 1:
Tread your needle with Fireline. Go up through the middle of the mesh dome. Add one #8 seed bead, one Purple velvet bicone and one #15 seed bead. Go back down the bicone and the #8 seed bead, through the mesh dome, and tie the two ends with a surgeons knot.

Step 2:
Continue adding seed beads and bicones like this until the whole dome is filled with them. Make the center bicone and the first ring around it with the same color, and the lighter Amethyst crystals on the outer ring.

Step 3:
Go back up one of the holes on the outer ring. Add 5 #15 seed beads, a bicone and a #15. Go back down the bicone and the 5 seed beads and the mesh dome. Do the same with the next holes around the edge, until you have added fringes to 7 of the holes. Then go back through the same holes, but add only 3 seed beads, a bicone and a #15. When you have added 7 fringes, weave your thread up to the top of the mesh dome. (The fringes are the bottom of the mesh dome)
Step 4:
coming out of the top hole in the mesh dome, add a wire guardian and go back down the hole. Tie of the thread, and cut it. Attach the ear wire to the wire guardian, and your crystal cluster earrings are done.

If you want to make your own ear wires, you can do them like this, or you can see other variations in this tutorial:
Make Your Own Ear Wires

Step 1:
Cut a length of silver wire, proximately 7 cm. Make a wire loop in one end.

Step 2:
Wrap the wire around a pencil or a mandrel, to shape the ear wire. Cut the end in the length you prefer and file it smooth with a metal file.

Step 3:
Slide on a bicone. This may be a bit tricky, and you may have to straighten some of the wire to get it on. It will be easier to add it before the shaping of the ear wire though, so do what you find best.
Step 4:
Attach the ear wire to the wire guardian on the earrings, and you are done.

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