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How to Make Chain Earrings with Dangles

Learn how to make chain earrings with dangles with this Howcast video about how to make jewelry.


Hi, I'm Tam, and I'm going to show you how to make a pair of chain earrings with briolette dangles. I didn't finish this one, because I just wanted to show you the different options you could do. This is basically a ready-made chain that you can buy. So you can buy thicker, heavier, finer, whatever you'd like.

And you could make them very, very long, and suspend them from the ear-wire like that, or you can make them very short, and suspend them from the ear-wire like that, or what I will do here is probably do something like this, where it's suspended like this, and then you have a little bit of the chain hanging.

I'm going to measure this, so this is about five inches of the pre-cut chain. I'm going to measure that here, and then you're going to use your snippers, and cut off one of the links. Okay, so I'm going to lay this out like this, so I can get the same sort of feeling going on in the other earring. I'm going to show you another technique of attaching the briolettes with the wire, so I'm going to put a piece of wire in here, about a third of the way down, so it's about there on the wire.

Then I'm going to make this sort of U-shape with my fingers and cross it like that. So basically, I'm making a dangle right now, before I add it onto the chain. This is a little bit different, because instead of making the loop as a regular wrap chain, we're using this rounded U or a V, and then we're just going to wrap here and make the coil, like so.

Then you'll have something like this. It's a little bit crooked, because it's going to dangle like that on your chain, so that's fine if it's a little bit crooked. Then now we're going to make the coil here and I'm going to coil into this space that's here. I'm going to make this loop like this and then I'm going to attach it. I didn't attach this one to the bottom, so I'm going to do it here.

So I'm going to do it two links above the bottom. So I have this, so the link is inside the loop that you made with the wire and then you're going to hold the loop with your left hand, if you're right-handed, and then use the other pliers to just wrap in the center to meet the other coil. So there we go, and I'm just going to close it a little bit. I'm going to close that, so it doesn't stick up the wire.

It's okay if it's crooked, because the whole thing is going to dangle sort of like that, as opposed to straight down. Now I'm going to sort of eyeball and attach the rest of them. I'm going to do this piece right here, so that goes here. I'm going to wrap this on first and then add the link.

That goes about here. I mean if you want to be really precise you can measure and count. I like to just sort of eyeball everything, because that's the whole idea of handmade jewelry is that everything doesn't have to be precise. That's the second one.

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