Long Iridescent Drop Earrings

6 Materials
20 Minutes

Don’t you just love these beads? They come in two shades – blue and green – and they have a wonderful iridescent sheen on the outside. As soon as I saw them, I fell in love! You’ll hear that a lot from me about beads!

I decided to make these really quick and easy earrings, although I have other things in mind for them too. What would you make with them?

I also made them in green.

This project is suitable for beginner jewelry makers.

If you would prefer to watch a video of me making these earrings, scroll to the end.


To make these earrings you will need:

  • 3cm Iridescent beads x2
  • 7mm Bead caps x2
  • 5cm Eye pins x2
  • 4mm Filigree beads x2
  • 11/0 Seed beads x4
  • Earwires x2


You will also need:

  • Chain or bent nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers

I have created this video but if you prefer to read the instructions, I've listed them below.

Next add the iridescent bead with the wider end down.

Then add the filigree bead ensuring that it is centered on the eye pin. Check this by rotating the bead with your finger.

Finally, add two seed beads.

Making The Loop

Take your bent (or chain) nose pliers and bend the eye pin at right angles to the rest of the work.

Place the top of the eye pin between the jaws of your round nose pliers, making sure that the top is flush with the jaws (doesn’t poke out over the top).

Rotate the pliers away from you until your wrist won’t go any further.

Reposition the pliers so that the loop is on the lower jaw and rotate again until the loop is closed. If necessary, hold the loop with the chain nose pliers and reposition until the eye pin is centered under the loop.

Attaching The Earwire

Open the loop at the bottom of the earwire by grasping it along the side with the chain nose pliers. Rotate up towards the ceiling. Never open a loop to the side or you will lose the nice round shape.

Place the loop of the earring component onto the loop of the earwire and close the loop by rotating down toward the floor, making sure the loop sits closed. Rotate back and forth with a little pressure if necessary, to get it to sit nice and tight.

Repeat for the other earring.

You can see more of my jewellery projects on my website livingareallife.com. You might also like my dragonfly earrings tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • 3cm Iridescent beads x2   (https://www.affordablejewellerysupplies.co.nz/product/3d-illusion-acry)
  • 7mm Bead caps x2   (www.affordablejewellerysupplies.co.nz/product/flower-bead-caps-7mm)
  • 5cm Eye pins x2   (https://www.affordablejewellerysupplies.co.nz/product/eyepin-5cm)
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