Teardrop Window Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These bead and wire earrings are quick to make – and have lots of wonderful swingy movement!

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Teardrop Window Earrings – tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The beads and their teardrop-shaped hoops move independently from each other, so the motion is fluid and lovely.
Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These earrings are a great “wear with everything” style!

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • 20 gauge round soft wire – I used Artistic wire (a craft wire), in “gunmetal” color:
    Wire for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Teardrop or briolette beads – 1 pair.
    Choose beads that are drilled through the top.
    If your beads are flat (like mine), the hole should run from front to back (NOT side to side).
    I used flat faceted acrylic beads in “light red” color, 35mm x 10mm size:
    Acrylic teardrop beads for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 4 Small jump rings – I used 5mm size:
    Jump rings for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 1 Pair of Earwires – mine are from my Easy Fancy Earwires Tutorial:
    Earwires for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur (wire rounder) – for smoothing wire ends.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Ring mandrel or fat highlighting marker – for shaping the bottom curve of your wire teardrop-shaped hoops.

How to Make
Teardrop Window Earrings:

Jump Ring or Wire-Wrap on Your Teardrop Beads?

I used a jump ring on each of my teardrop beads.

I had originally planned to do a briolette wire-wrap on them, but then I decided I wanted my earrings to remain as open and airy as possible.

However, if you prefer, you can wire-wrap your beads using my How to Wire-Wrap a Briolette Tutorial.

If you decide to do the wire-wrap, go ahead and do that now on both of your teardrop beads.

Then meet me back here for the rest of this earring tutorial. 🙂

We’ll start out by cutting two pieces of wire to make the teardrop hoops.

To determine the length of each hoop wire, multiply:

3.5 x length of teardrop bead including any wirewrap = length of each wire.

My beads are each 35mm long and have no wirewrap, so I multiplied:

3.5 x 35mm = 122.5mm .

So I cut 2 wires, each 122.5mm long.

We’re going to make these earrings one at a time.

Now we’ll make the first earring. Start with one of the hoop wires you just cut:

Cut wire for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your cup bur or wire rounder to smooth and round each end of your wire:

Use wire rounder to smooth wire ends

Now we’ll form the bottom curve of the teardrop loop.

Find the midpoint of your wire, and lay it across your ring mandrel, somewhere in the size 10 – 11 range.

(Or if you’re using a fat highlighting marker as your mandrel, lay the midpoint of your wire across the widest part of the marker.)

Use your thumb to hold the midpoint of your wire firmly against the mandrel:

Mandrel for forming curved teardrop hoop - Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Using the fingers of your other hand, push both wire ends smoothly straight downward, so the center of the wire forms a smooth curve around the mandrel:

Bending wire over mandrel for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should resemble a long horse shoe:

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of one end of your wire:

Using round nose pliers for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make a smooth loop by rolling the wire straight downward:
Making a wire loop for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to make a loop on the other end of your wire.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of the straight end of your wire:

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Just as you did with the first loop, make a smooth loop here by rolling the wire straight downward.

Now your wire should look like this:

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If you have NOT wire-wrapped your teardrop bead, we’re going to put a jump ring in it now.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist one of your jump rings open:
Twist open a jump ring for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and thread your bead onto the jump ring:
Insert jump ring in teardrop bead - Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut:

Twist jump ring shut - Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your bead with jump ring attached should look like this:

Bead with jump ring for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now pick up the teardrop hoop wire you just made.

Use your fingers to bend the wire gently so that the two loops are closer together.

Then lay the wire down with the bead inside the hoop, and line up the two wire loops and the bead’s jump ring (or its wire-wrap loop):

Line up the loops and jump ring for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open another jump ring:

Twist open a jump ring for Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread the opened jump ring through one loop of your hoop wire, then through the bead’s jump ring (or its wire-wrap loop), and finally through the other loop of your hoop wire:

Thread jump ring through loops - Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String one of your earwires onto the jump ring.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut:

Adding earwire to Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now the first earring is finished!

Make the second earring the same way you made the first one.

Now your finished pair of teardrop window earrings should look something like this:

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Teardrop Window Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. Rena, I really like the simple yet elegant styling of this earring design. I will practice using this as a guide with various shaped, large beads.
    Thanks!

  2. Always enjoy your wire work tutorials, Rena! So easy to follow with great photo support. These earrings with the long beads are wonderful!

  3. Barbara says:

    You always do great tutorials, Rena. I just love earrings that move.

  4. Since many earring wearers share my nickel allergy, I did some research this morning to see if there is hypoallergenic wire for designing earrings like these in your awesome tutorial. Here is the information TheRingLord.com sent to me:
    http://theringlord.com/cart/shopcontent.asp?type=materialsdata

  5. Jackie Hiers says:

    Thank you Rena for another great tutorial! I made these last night with some slight modifications. They are lovely and move so effortlessly. You have inspired me and I can’t wait to make many more pairs! Thank you!!

  6. Thanks so much for all the lovely feedback! 🙂

    Jackie, that’s wonderful to hear! I’m glad you’re enjoying making these.

  7. Cindi Bernloehr says:

    Not only are your tutorials great inspiration. I feel very “successful” after trying them. Thank you so much for the time and effort to help all of us.

  8. These are beautiful and I love the color. Great tutorial.

  9. Beautiful! Great tute! Thanks for sharing your skills with us!

  10. Rena,
    These are beautiful.
    Debi

  11. Fab tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Love the earrings!
    *hugs*deb

  12. I really like these earrings, ok I like all your earring tutorials, but I’m really loving the style of these guys. You make it look so easy.

  13. Stunning!

  14. I can’t say it enough I really love your designs.

  15. I love drop earrings, thanks for the tutorial.

  16. Leyla says:

    Thank you Rena I can’t wait to make them. They are beautiful. I just learned this site and I am very happy Thank you again.

  17. Welcome, Leyla! So glad to have you here with us – and happy that you’ll be using my tutorials! 🙂

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