Tutorial Tuesday: Beaded Teardrop Earrings

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Beaded Teardrop EarringsNeed some inexpensive and elegant earrings to accessorize your new favourite outfit?  Consider Beaded Teardrop Earrings.  The classic teardrop shape, paired with satin smooth Swarovski Pearls, looks amazing with formal and casual outfits!Follow the tutorial below to make quick and easy beaded teardrop earrings.  These earrings are perfect for bridal parties, especially if you coordinate your pearl colour with the wedding colours.

Beaded Teardrop Earrings

Tools & Materials                                                                                 Time: 10 minutes

  1. Tools & MaterialsBead Stringing Wire            10”
  2. 8mm Pearls                            2
  3. 6mm Pearls                            4
  4. 4mm Pearls                            4
  5. Crimps                                     2
  6. Crimp Covers                         2
  7. Earwires                              1 pair
  8. Scissors
  9. Flat Nosed Pliers

Instructions

Step 21. Start off by cutting two pieces of your bead stringing wire that measure 5 inches in length. I am using Beadalon brand stringing wire in a bright silver colour.

2. Add your pearl beads onto each piece of stringing wire. Place your 8mm pearl in the center, with a 6mm pearl on both sides, followed by a 4mm pearl on both sides. At the end of this step, your earrings should look like the picture on the left.

Step 3 & 43. Take one of your now beaded stringing wires and thread both ends through a crimp to form a teardrop shape. Repeat this step for your second piece of stringing wire.

4. Take one of your beaded teardrops and carefully thread the ends of your stringing wire back through the crimp to form a petite loop at the top. Secure the stringing wire in place by flattening the crimp with your Flat Nosed Pliers. Trim off any excess stringing wire.  Repeat this step with your second teardrop.

5. Place a crimp cover over each crimp and gently close using your Flat Nosed Pliers.

6. Using your Flat Nosed Pliers, attach a completed teardrop to each earwire.

Design Ideas & Variations

  • Stringing wire comes in a variety of colours. Try matching the colour of your stringing wire to your findings for a unified look, or match to the colour of your pearls for something slightly different!
  • Use this tutorial with any bead type to create a myriad of different looks. Instead of leaving some of the stringing wire visible, try covering it up with colourful seed beads!

Jewelry Makers’ Tips

  • Make sure you flatten your crimps tightly for a secure closure.
  • Crimp covers are optional, but I like the finished look they give as opposed to leaving the flattened crimps exposed.
  • If you are worried about the crimp’s closure staying secure, try filling the hollow of the crimp cover with a jewelers’ cement, like G-S Hypo Cement.

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4 thoughts on “Tutorial Tuesday: Beaded Teardrop Earrings

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I have the same stringing wire but it bends easily, If i make a mistake putting the peice of wire back through the crimp and take it out, the wire bends, then i cant use it no more. Is there a more tougher string to use? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Amanda! I’m glad you like the tutorial! Unfortunately, I have the same issue with my stringing wire. This occurs because despite the nylon coating on the outside, the internal metal wire is just that: metal. Metal is generally inflexible and in this form, it is prone to bends and kinks. You might want to try a stringing line that is 100% nylon; this tends to be more forgiving and bends/kinks less. Beadalon makes several good options. Happy beadings!!

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