I love turquoise whether it’s the real stuff (used in this DIY) or dyed Howlite and Magnesite. Turquoise is a very versatile stone that is complimented by any metal tone. I especially love pairing turquoise with copper. There is just something about the way it looks that is just amazing. And when you mix metals together with turquoise, you get something truly special.
In today’s DIY, we will be making the beautiful pair of earrings above. Below is a complete tool list and material list so you can make your very own lovely pair. Feel free to switch the stone out of a crystal and change the metal to suit your individual tastes. I’m sure this will look amazing using a rich blue crystal and gold toned wires…..I may have to make a pair like that myself.
22 Gauge Copper Wire (any temper is fine)
2 – 10x14mm Matching Turquoise Stone Flat Tear Drops (or drop bead of choice)
4 – 6mm Silver Plated Pewter Spacer Beads
2 – 6mm Oxidized Brass Spacer Beads
2 Copper Ear Wires
Chain Nose/Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
So, go grab your coffee, supplies and tools and let’s get started.
Cut two pieces of wire about 4 to 5 inches each. Thread a briolette on to the wire and center the stone.
Press the ends of the wires together using chain nose/flat nose pliers pinch the wires together until they run parallel to each other and sit
snuggly above the stone. It’s okay if the wires aren’t exactly side by side and cross just a bit. If for some reason your notice wires are not exactly the same length, don’t sweat it. It will work out just fine.
Slide on a silver spacer, a brass spacer and a silver spacer.
If you happen to have a wire that is shorter than the other, wrap around the longer wire two to three times. If not, just pick a wire. Trim the piece of wrapping wire as flush to the wraps as possible.
Using round nose pliers create a wrapped loop. Trim access wire. If you need help creating a wrapped loop, click here.
Open the loop at the bottom of your ear wire and attach to the wrapped loop. Close the loop. Repeat for second earring.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial and will post pictures of your creations in the comments (if it will let you). Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!