Monday, February 9, 2015

Floating Hearts Hot Air Balloon Dangle Earrings - Easy Jewelry DIY

While shopping around my local Hobby Lobby, I found the most adorable Hot Air Balloon Charm! Cool thing about them - they are reversible! Today, I will be showing you how to make some dangle earrings displaying just one side of the charms, but next week I will show you how to make earrings that take advantage of the reversible-ness of these charms.

03.26.15 Update: Reversible Hot Air Balloon Dangle Earrings.

Materials I Used:
I ended up not using the
kidney wires shown here
because I didn't like how
they looked with these earrings.
I also didn't end up using the
small jumps photographed here.

     - Hearts & Stripes Hot Air Balloon Charms by Pop Age Timeline
     - 8 (4 each pair) 8mm 18 Gauge Silver Plated Jump Rings - JoAnn's
     - 2 Surgical Steel Ear Wires Ball and Coil - Ali C's Supply Shop on Etsy
     - Round Nose Pliers - I use this pair. I also have a second pair that is more generic from a kit as I like to use two pairs, one in each hand but it's up to you.

Material Notes:
     CHARMS: Also available is the Hearts and Clouds Hot Air Balloon Charms - I went with the others though because they looked more Valentine-y, and I wanted this pair of earrings to be part of my 14 Days of Valentine Craft Challenge.

     JUMP RINGS: I don't usually use the jump rings I used in this project since I came to the realization that they are extremely soft and with pressure will open on their own resulting in the loss of bead/charm/pendant/etc. I do, however, have a large stash of them left from before I made that realization. In a pinch, they do work, just use them with caution.
Instead, I use and recommend the 8mm 18 Gauge Open Jump Rings from CanterburyLane on Etsy. They are strong and professional grade. You cannot pry them open with your fingers so with pressure, they also will not go anywhere. I just happen to be out of the Silver Plated at the moment, and didn't think Gold Plated was suitable for this project.
If you do decide to give these professional grade jump rings a try, you will only need one in place of the two that I used for these dangles earrings.

Time Spent:
     You can have this pair of earrings ready to wear in 15 minutes or so.

Measurements:
     Your earrings will dangle down about 2".


Jewelry DIY:
Grab one end of your jump ring with your round nose pliers. 
You will need to grab the other end with another pair of pliers or your fingers for leverage and stability.
Pull open the jump ring TOWARDS you, not side to side.
Slip on your charm.
I added a second jump ring 
for addedsecurity, but if you 
are using the professional 
grade as suggested in the 
Material Notes section, you
will only need (and be able to 
fit) one jump ring through 
the hole on the charm.
Close your jump rings by
reversing 
the process.





Open the loop on your
Earring Wires.
You do this the same way
that you opened the
Jump Rings.
*Make sure the front of your
charm is facing the correct
way before you close up
your loop. It's easy to get it
on backwards.

Repeat the process of adding
jump rings. You need this
additional row (if you will)
or jump rings so that your
charms face the correct
way when you are wearing
the earrings.
Enjoy Your New Earrings!

Interested in Purchasing Your Own Floating Hearts Dangle Earrings?
     After my post next week, I will be adding some Floating Hearts Dangle Earrings to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send me a message with a custom order at any time.

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