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Aug 09 2012

Craft Tutorial: Vintage Chandelier Earrings

Craft Tutorial: Vintage Chandelier Earrings

I’m a big fan of vintage bric-a-bracs, especially I have a thing about vintage glasses – glass buttons, glass bottles, glass anything! So when I found these lovely chandelier parts the other day, I couldn’t resist bringing them home with me.

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See? They are absolutely beautiful! And the best part was that the whole lot cost me only £1. So, if you already have or find similar chandelier parts, here is what you could do with them :)

What you’ll need:

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  • two chandelier parts
  • a pair of earwires
  • 4 jump rings (I used two 3mm and two 6mm)
  • 2 rhinestones
  • 2 headpins (I used two with balls and two flat heads)

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  • pair of flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and wire cutters

Instructions:

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1) Place a headpin (the one with a ball) through the hole of a chandelier part.

2) Wrap the wire around round-nose pliers to form a loop, wind the wire around 2-3 times below the loop, cut the excess and squeeze down the tip with flat-nose pliers so it lies flat.

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3) Thread a headpin (the one with flat head) to a rhinestone and bend it at a 90 degrees angle.

4) Grasp the end of the headpin with round-nose pliers, then twist it in a circular motion until it forms a small loop.

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5) Place a jump ring through the hole of a chandelier part.

6) Add the rhinestone to the jump ring and close the opening.

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7) Add jump ring to the earwire and chandelier part, and you’re done!

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Voila! Simple and pretty, no? I thought about adding a black bow above the chandelier part, but decided to stick to being simple (I could always add something later when I get bored, right?). Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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11 Commnents to “Craft Tutorial: Vintage Chandelier Earrings”

  1. Stupendous!! I love them!

  2. As I watched and read the tutorial,I was just thinking I have a candle holder at the bottom of my hallway, and their are pieces of chandelier type glass attached might take it apart and make those lovely earrings. Where to buy rhinestones in settings. Thanks for sharing your lovely project. Georgia

  3. Hi Sandy B! I usually buy rhinestones and settings separately (more variety and cheaper that way).I don’t know where you live, but Etsy is always a good source :)

  4. These earrings are lovely! Could you recommend a good source for the rhinestones in settings? Thanks very much!

  5. These are very cute. I have some chandelier pieces that look identical to these & some larger ones that I “stole”/borrowed from my father in law a few years ago. I took a number of them, but I left him with a lot more still. :) I’ve made a necklace with some, but never thought about earrings.

  6. These are very lovely. What a great way to recycle an old broken chandelier. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  7. Thank you, Bev & Lici :)

  8. Oh Tina, you should definitely ask for the chandelier parts! Oh, pointed ones would look so lovely, too (getting jealous here)!!!

  9. Lovely DIY!

  10. LOVE these Emi!!! They are so classic looking and I love that they use the vintage pieces!

  11. Yes! I saw broken pieces of something like a chandelier at my fiancee’s parents’ house while I was helping to clean and thought about making earrings with them but I was too shy to ask if his mom would give them to me. :P

    Maybe I’ll ask next time. They’re longer and pointed, like a prism. :)

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