Beaded Chandelier Earrings Using Copper Wire + Polymer Clay Beads

Chandelier Earrings

“It came out so cute that I’m going to make earrings to match… for my sister and mom… and everyone else!!”
~Crystal-B

Crystal’s comment above helps to show how exciting it can be to make you own jewelry designs. Once you start, you’ll have a hard time slowing down. The project photo for today is of a beaded chandelier earring. Only one of the pair is shown in order to show you as much detail as possible.

When originally attempting to make these earrings, I used a gauge of wire that was too heavy, and ended up with something much larger than expected. Perfect for a chandelier pendant design. But too large for earrings. It was a really great learning experience!

I discovered that just by changing the guage of the wire, the overall appearance and weight changed significantly, even though the size of the wire loops hadn’t changed much at all.

What this all means is that you can create many different projects from just one wire working technique… simply by changing the size and/or type of wire. You can also mix and match the various components and the bead styles, to make various bracelets, necklaces, pendants and earrings that all compliment each other very nicely.

I think you are going to enjoy the ease and versatility of this project. A wire working tutorial video on the technique is coming soon to the members library (Volume-017-4). Perfect timing for making some great Christmas presents!

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  1. sarahwww, 29 September, 2009

    Wowee! Can’t wait!!!

  2. Anna Sabina, 29 September, 2009

    They look great. This is a may be a good time to ask this question. What type of cording do you suggest to use with pendents or focal bead such as the chandelier pendent, faux pebble and raku or steampunk? I am going to be selling some pendents next month and want to string them on something other than shiny gold or silver chains. I am thinking a natural fiber cord would be look good but I don’ want anything that is going to cause skin irritation. I have enough trouble trying pick the right beading wire and have no idea what other options are out there.

  3. Ken H., 29 September, 2009

    This is something I look forward to learning. The change in appearance from the gauge of wire is something considered when doing maille as well. If I remember correctly it is called aspect ratio, the combination of the ring diameter and the gauge of the wire used. It can change the look from a tightly woven look to an open airy look, BTW I like the new look for the site, I was going to ask what happened to the link with the number of comments, but now I don’t have to.

  4. Elizabeth, 29 September, 2009

    As always, can’t wait to learn this one! Love the new look of the site!!!

  5. aims, 29 September, 2009

    I can’t wait either Cindy and I like the new look too. It’s actually easier to read on my fading eyesight. (good grief – I’m sounding old these days).

    @ Anna – I’m waiting for buna cord to arrive in the mail. It’s a solid rubber cord that looks great with beads. It usually comes in black but can be found in colours as well. O rings can be used to secure your bead in place on it as well. I’m very excited about getting my first batch and giving it a try. I’m planning to use it on that huge pendant I made.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 29 September, 2009

    Thanks guys! Glad you like the new format around here. The blog software had to be updated and along with the update, came changes. Expect to see a few more changes here and there as we try to improve the usability.

    Aims your suggestion for Anna was the same as what I was going to say. The heavier, industrial styles look great on the rubber (buna) cording. They also look good on leather cord, braided linen, ball chain (which now comes in many colors and sizes), hemp and other heavier cording. Hope that helps Anna!

  7. Josie, 29 September, 2009

    Thanks to you all for your support, been to my stop smoking clinic today and my level is now down to 2. Thanks guys!

    ADDED NOTE FROM CINDY: This comment was also added to the thread where Josie initially discussed the topic. >> For anyone who has not yet read about how polymer clay is helping Josie kick a 52 year smoking habit, you can read about it in the comments section of this article: Butterfly Jewelry Pendant

  8. Anna Sabina, 30 September, 2009

    Thanks for te suggestion about Bubda Cord. Now where do you find Bunda Cord?

  9. aims, 30 September, 2009

    @ Anna – I got mine at shadesofclay.com/ They are a Canadian company which was good for me.

    I also found it at – polymerclayexpress.com/cord.html

    It’s called ‘buna cord’ .

  10. Polyanya, 30 September, 2009

    Lovely earring – and theres another one to go with it!

  11. Lupe Meter, 02 October, 2009

    Love these earrings. I going to definitely try them with some of my small PC beads. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  12. lynn watts, 02 October, 2009

    I have not used the Buna cord yet but it may down the road for me to use it in my artistic experiences. I like the earrings, Did you use a wire gig?

  13. Cindy Lietz, 02 October, 2009

    I used round nose pliers Lynn not a wire jig. I will show you how to make them in the up coming tutorial.

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