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: Sabrina Earrings, Love in the Afternoon Earrings, Paris When It Sizzles Earrings, and We Go To Monte Carlo Earrings!)
CR0851 – Black Crystal Clay
BM1105 – 4 pieces 6mm Antique Silver Plated BRASS Flower Bead Cap
BM1117 – 2 pieces 9mm Antique Silver Plated BRASS Leaf Bead Cap
BM0578 – 2 pieces 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads
BM2703 – 4 pieces 22 gauge Silver Plated Brass 2’ Head Pins
12RD0100 – 2 pieces 5000 12mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Round Bead
BM2914 – 2 pieces 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earrings
SC9504 – 3 packs 1088 PP24 Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stones
Beeswax Toothpick or Crystal Katana
Toothpick or a headpin
Needle 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 Siler 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 assemble the top section of the earrings, use your cutters to cut off the flat head part from two of the 22 gauge Silver Plated Brass 2” Head Pins. Create a loop on one of the ends of both the cut Head Pins using your chain nose pliers.
Once the channel bead is cured from the instructions above, mix up a little more Black Crystal Clay. Thread a small amount of it into the center hole of the Channel Bead. On each end of the Channel Bead, place a small dot of Black Crystal Clay and press on a 6mm Flowered Bead Cap. By placing the clay in the center of the Channel Bead and under the 6mm Flower Bead Caps, it will help prevent the two 6mm Flowered Bead Caps from moving around too much. Once the Channel Bead has the Flowered Bead Caps on both ends, thread through your 2” Head Pin from Step 1. Repeat for the other earring pair.
Trim away all but ¼” of the 2” Head Pin once the Channel Bead with Flowered Bead Caps is threaded through. Using your round needle nose pliers, create a loop. Before closing the loop on the Head Pin, thread on the 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earwire. Repeat for the other earring pair.
To assemble the bottom section of the earrings, thread the following onto each of the 22 gauge Silver Plated Brass 2” Head Pins:
a. A 12mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Round Bead
b. A 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass Leaf Bead Cap
Using your cutters, cut away all but 1/4”’ of the head pin and create a second loop. Attach the bottom section of the earring to the top section you assembled in STEP 2.
Is that just not too fantastic! These earrings are truly stunning and warrant a nice candle lit dinner!