We all love Becky Nunn’s exclusive mixed media jewelry designs, so imagine how excited we were to receive not one but FOUR new designs from her this week! The stunning Black Chaton Gold Bezel jewelry set includes a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring that features dramatic black crystal chaton stones and jewelry clay accented by stylish gold plated pewter components. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to make the Black Chaton Gold Bezel Earrings! (Don’t forget to check out the matching necklace, bracelet, and ring!)
CR0851 – Black Crystal Clay
SC9646 – 3 pieces 1088 SS29 Jet Unfoiled Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stone
SC9511 – 30 pieces 1088 PP24 Jet Unfoiled Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stones
SC9473 – 30 pieces 1088 PP18 Jet Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stone
PE8940 – 2 32.5×28.5mm Antique Gold Plated Pewter Small Raised Circle Bezel Link by Nunn Design
BM3093 – 2 11mm Gold Plated Base Metal French Ear Wire With 1.5mm Ball
BM3325– 2 6mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring
BM3545 – 2 7.5 x 14mm Antique Gold Plated Faceted Drop Bead by Nunn Design
Pinch off two equal pea-sized balls, one of Part A (the color) and another of Part B (the hardener) of the Black Crystal Clay. Knead the two equal-sized balls fully together until the clay is a consistent color and not marbled.
Split the mixed Crystal Clay in half and roll one half into a ball and press it into the base of Antique Gold Plated Pewter Small Raised Circle Bezel Link. Pat the clay gently until it is flat and fully flush to the edges. If you have too much Black Crystal Clay, you can pinch off the excess and keep patting it down to make the surface smooth. Repeat with the other half of clay in the other Raised Circle Bezel Link. Make sure to use your wet wipe and wipe away any excess Black Crystal Clay that could be on the side of the metal or on your fingers. The Black Crystal Clay will dry rock hard and is super hard to remove, so get in the practice of always keeping your work surface clean and tidy.
Using a beeswax toothpick, pick-up the individual Jet Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stone and gently press each into the Black Crystal Clay. Continue to press Chaton Stones in until complete. You have approximately 2 hours to work with the Black Crystal Clay, so take your time and enjoy. NOTE: To create the stair step look of layering the Chaton Stones, pinch off a small ball of clay and press it gently into the gaps between the various sizes of the Chaton Stones using a headpin. This allows for a bit of clay to be built up so the additional Chaton Stones have plenty of clay to be pressed into. Wipe away the excess Black Crystal Clay if it spreads onto the surrounding Chaton Stones.
Use your fingers to gently press the Chaton Stones into the clay, making sure that all of the Chaton Stone points are secure and embedded fully into the clay. Wipe away any excess Black Crystal Clay. It will dry rock hard and is super hard to remove. The Black Crystal Clay will harden within 2 hours and fully cure within 24.
Using two pairs of chain nose pliers, open the Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring. Thread through the Antique Gold Plated Pewter Small Raised Circle Bezel Link and the Antique Gold Plated Faceted Drop Bead. Close jump ring. Repeat for other earring.
Open the Gold Plated Base Metal French Ear Wire With 1.5mm Ball and thread through the Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring. Squeeze closed. Repeat for other earring.
Thank you so much for sharing this incredible earring design with us, Becky!
Happy Beading! –Sam