By now, I’m sure you’ve seen them: petite bars of gemstones suspended from delicate chains to create necklaces, bracelets & earrings. While any type of bead can be used, I most commonly see this style of jewelry utilize highly faceted gemstones. I absolutely adore the look of these baubles, but I do not like the hefty price tag that comes with using hand-cut gemstones. Follow the tutorial below for my interpretation of beaded bar earrings, made with glass pearls!
Beaded Bar Earrings Time: Approx. 20 min
- 4mm Glass Pearls 20
- 20 Gauge Silver Wire 7 inches
- 2.5 mm Cable Chain 4 inches
- Earwires 1 pair
- Flat Nose Pliers
- Round Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Ring Mandrel
1. Using your Wire Cutters, cut two pieces of 20 Gauge Silver Wire to a length of approximately 3 ½ inches for your Beaded Bars.
3. Add 10 of your 4mm Glass Pearls to each of the wire pieces.
4. Using your Flat & Round Nose Pliers, close your Beaded Bars with a wire wrapped or basic loop. Trim off any excess wire with your Wire Cutters.
5. Gently curve each Beaded Bar using your Ring Mandrel as a form guide. If you do not have a ring mandrel, any small round object, like a bottle of nail polish, will work. When finished, your beaded bars will be half-circles like the picture to the left.
6. Using your Wire Cutters, cut two pieces of 2.5mm Cable Chain to a length of approximately 2 inches.
7. Attach a piece of chain to a loop of one of your curved Beaded Bars using your Flat Nosed Pliers. Attach the other end of the chain to other loop of the curved Beaded Bar. Repeat this step for your second Beaded Bar and chain piece.
8. Locate the center link of the chain you have just attached to your beaded bars. Attach your earwire to the center link using your Flat Nosed Pliers.
Variations & Design Ideas
- Adapt this tutorial to make Beaded Bar Bracelets & Necklaces!
- Instead of hooked earwires, consider using stud earring posts with loops for attachements.
- Instead of curving your beaded bars, leave them straight for a more industrialized look.
- Instead of using wire wrapped loops on either end of the beaded bars, try using spirals!
Jewelry Makers’ Tips
- Try using two sets of Flat Nosed Pliers. It makes the opening and closing of the chain & earwires much easier!
- Don’t forget to work harden the closure loops on your beaded bars with either a dappling hammer or a pair of pliers.