Triple Drape Chain Tutorial :: Earrings
I wanted to try my hand at a tutorial “one of these days”, so here it goes. Today’s the day… since I have a custom order to fill for a pair of earrings that I made from scraps. Sometimes things turn out to the be really great, like these fun beauties that I get so many compliments on. Nothing mind-blowing, just elegant and fun at the same time. See featured pic above for example.
I’ll start with materials needed:: Needle Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters, Flat Nose Pliers
Earwires: So many kinds including fishook, leverback, post, etcetera. You can decide which is to your liking. I will list a few of my favorite suppliers at the bottom of this post. I have chosen fishooks in this project.
Chain: Bronze, brass, silver, copper, or anything can be used. I used leftover pieces from a necklace I had to cut to specific size, so if that’s in your toolbox of goodies then go for it.
Jumprings : Different sizes can be used, however for this project I am using a mix. Keep in mind that your pin will have to fit through your chain link, so it may be a thinner size that you need.
Headpins : The old standby. There are six used here.
Crystals or Small Glass Beads of Some Sort : You can do this with just about anything including Swarovskis, adding as many to the headpin as you like. In this tutorial I am using a tiny czech glass bead in a small saucer or rondelle shape.
I start by laying out all the materials in a well lit area. You can use a towel, place mat, rubber piece of some sort, or anything that helps your beads or supplies not to roll off while working. The count here includes the ear wires, headpins, jump-rings, chain, and beads.
Once we have all supplies in order we need to cut the chains to an efficient length. You can read a great tutorial here on this at Fusion Beads as well as what I have here. They have a great resource area packed full of instruction. In my case I just took the longest scrap of chain I could find and used that as my guide. I am a stickler for details and even count my links. You can of course measure the lengths with your handy tape measure or Bead Oracle Wallet Card. I highly suggest one of these and have enjoyed mine more than anticipated.
I cut six pieces in all. You can add more or less. This just feels right on balance for me. My link count is 26 for the longest, 16 for the medium, and 12 for the shortest chain. Notice the next picture has the three chains from longest to shortest.
Next I take the six headpins and place one bead on each. I did experiment with more than one bead. It’s fine too, mix it up if you want. You complete this step by running the headpin through the end of each chain length and wrapping a basic loop with a neatly trimmed or tucked ending.
At this point you should have the six pins decorated with a bead and wrapped around the last link of each chain. The next step will be draping the finished chains onto the jumpring. You will simply slide the last link opening over the open ring, ending up with three chains that fall respectively from longest to shortest. This is nice because you can choose how you want to wear them. You will either have the shortest length near the neck, or the longest, depending on your mood! Make sure that as you open your jumprings you are careful not to open so far that you warp the shape. It’s easily done by pulling the ends of the loops away from each other on the opening, and not pulling up or pushing down.
Now you are ready for the final step. Slipping the jumpring through the earhook ending. Just open the end of your loop at the bottom, slipping the fishook into the opening. Close the loop securely, and voila!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Create at your own risk! Have fun.
Here are a few of my suggested suppliers :