Everything’s coming up earrings this week! Becky Nunn, the creative genius behind Nunn Design, has given us five more exclusive designs to share on our blog with you! These gorgeous new earring pairs combine the elegance of Nunn Design pewter accents with the stunning sparkle of Swarovski Elements Crystals. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to make these sparkling stunner, or click over to our Inspiration Gallery for instructions! (Don’t forget to check out the other four designs: Paris When It Sizzles Earrings, Love in the Afternoon Earrings, We Go To Monte Carlo Earrings, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s Earrings!)
CR0851 – Black Crystal Clay
BM0578 – 2 pieces 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads
SC9466 – 4 packs 1088 PP18 Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stones
BM2914 – 2 pieces 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earrings
BM3326 – 4 pieces 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring
BM3334 – 2 pieces 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 gauge Grande Rope Textured Open jump Ring
Beeswax Toothpick or Crystal Katana
Toothpick or a headpin
2 pairs of Chain Nose Pliers
TO ASSEMBLE Channel Beads:
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. Roll one of the halves of clay into a 1” snake and press it into the base of the 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads. 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 and the other 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads. 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 Crystal 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.
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. The Black Crystal Clay will harden within 2 hours and fully cure within 24.
To Assemble the Earrings:
To open a jump ring, you will need to use two pairs of chain nose pliers. Position one of the pairs of needle nose pliers onto a 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring at 9 o’clock and the other set of the needle nose pliers at 3 o’clock. The opening of the jump ring should be at 12 o’clock. To open the jump ring, pull with your left hand toward you and with your right hand pushing away. This will open the gap of the jump ring. Once the jump ring is open, thread it onto one of the 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earrings. Before closing the jump ring, thread on another 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring. Repeat to complete the pair.
Open one of the pieces of the 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 gauge Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring using your handy skill of opening and closing a jump ring learned in Step 1. You will need to create a big enough gap to thread on the cured 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads assembled earlier. Before closing the jump ring, thread the Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring through the 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring from Step 1. Repeat to complete the pair.
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