Free Jewelry Project Cascade Earrings from Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed!

This week's Free Project is from the innovative new book Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed by Margot Potter, Fernando DaSilva and Katie Hacker for North Light Books. Elements that usually play supporting roles take the lead in over 50 fascinating designs by three gifted jewelry designers. From wire designs that defy gravity to innovative uses of everyday findings, there is inspiration for the beginning beader and the experienced jewelry designer on every page.

I'll be selecting someone from the comments here to win a free copy of the book, a 30ft. spool of 19 strand Satin Copper Beadalon wire AND a 28mm CRYSTALLIZED-Swarovski Elements starfish pendant. Leave a comment and I'll announce the winner with next Wednesday's free project! Good luck!

Cascade Earrings
Excerpt from Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed
North Light Books
Design Copyright 2009 Margot Potter

(Buy the book for step by step pictures of the project!)

Cones can be used in all sorts of ways and I love exposed wire tendrils exploding out of them like they do in these earrings. This beaded wire fringe is a fun new take on a traditional idea. I wanted to make the colors festive, like a fireworks display. This was a more the merrier situation because the more cones I made, the merrier the earrings became.

5 4mm padparascha CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements rounds
5 4mm Indian sapphire CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements rounds
5 4mm light topaz CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements rounds
5 4mm black diamond A/B CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements rounds
8 gold plated cones
8 gold plated eye pins
8 gold plated kidney ear wires
32 gold plated crimp beads
8 3” lengths .018 Satin Gold wire8 2.75” lengths .018 Satin Gold wire4 5mm gold plated jump rings2 gold plated small toggle circle ends
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ToolsRound nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Nipper tool

1. Cut 8 3” and 8 2.75” segments of Satin Gold wire.
2. Flatten a crimp bead flush to the end of a 3” wire section. Add a light topaz and a padparascha bead to wire.
3. Flatten a crimp bead flush to the open end of wire. Use nippers to cut off any excess.
4. Repeat process making 8 3” light topaz/padparascha and black diamond/Indian sapphire beaded and crimped wire segments then 8 of each color combo using the 2.75” wire.
5. Take a 2.75” and a 3” beaded wire segment each with a different color combo and thread them on to the pre-opened end of an eye pin.
6. Close the eye pin and thread it into a cone.
7. Keep the wires even as you pull the tail of the eye pin inside of the cone. Use round nose pliers to do this.
8. Keep the eye pin secured as you create a coiled loop flush to the top of the cone.
9. Repeat making eight threaded cones.
10. Create coiled dangles with the remaining beads. There should be two of each color.
11. Attach a cone to a jump ring with a light topaz coiled dangle.
12. Attach a second cone to a jump ring with a padparascha coiled dangle and thread it into the bottom of the first, alternating the placement of your cones and coils so they hang on opposite sides of their jump rings.
13. Add a cone with an Indian sapphire dangle and repeat for the final cone with a black diamond coil. There will be four cone and dangle combos on each earring.
14. Attach the small end of a toggle circle to the kidney wires, using pliers to secure. Repeat for second earring.
15. Open and attach the top jump ring of your cascade to the large end of the toggle circle and repeat for second earring.

MaterialsBeads CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements, findings Beadalon


Anonymous said...

these are beautiful.
A fantastic project, thanks for sharing the instructions,
and ditto on the book giveaway! Cheers!

nikki said...

I LOVE THESE!!! The are so beautiful, playful and feminine. Like a cross between fireworks and an orchid - what a combo! You did it again Margot!

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW! Perfect timing with this post! My niece has a bunch of cones she got in a grab bag and had no idea what to do with them. Now she will. Thank you again for making me look good by finding such projects for her.

ps .. your still her favorite how to gal on the web!

Catherine said...

Beautiful work! And congratulations on the book - I can't wait to see it!

ChezChani said...


Ncognito said...

Awesome photograph! It's not easy to photograph a combination of glass and metal. What kind of background was used? Please count me in the drawing for your book. Thank you for sharing this. said...

BEAUTIFUL Margot! I can't wait to make these. I'll be linking as well. Congratulations on the book!

Jules said...

Beautiful! I heart Swarovski. Congratulations on all the success, again :)

Michelle Williams said...

Wow! I'm new to your blog and if this is your typical entry you've got me hooked! Thanks, those are beautiful and the instructions are clear, I'll watch for your book. CONGRATS!

Nancy Sabina said...

Sounds like a very fun book! And those earrings are just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

These are great!! I think my s-i-l will love them for belly dancing!!

Shai Williams said...

I love those earrings! Thank you so much for sharing the instructions. Oh and please enter me for the drawing of your book.

Willett Mama said...

Great project, thanks for sharing!!

postal orphan said...

Lovely earrings - the book looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!

Arlene Mobley said...

Beautiful earrings! Congrats and good luck with the book!


Debbie said...

I really like the design of the earrings! I would love to have a copy of the book if this is any indication of the type of projects I can expect from your book! Congratulations on the publication!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing the instructions

Liz Bayer said...

The earrings are a perfect project for my daughter and myself to make together. She's just started creating her own jewelry. Can't wait to read the new book. Thanks!

Journal Swag said...

Oh my gosh, your blog is amazing! How in the world have I missed it for so long. Hello and thanks!


SusanKS said...

I love these earrings...thanks so much for sharing the project instructions and also for your giveaway. I'm just starting to create jewelry...I'm going to follow your blog and also check out some of your other books.

Unknown said...

These designs are extrordinary and so very beautiful. They are wonderful projects and I just can't wait to get started on trying to make the Beyonce inspired jewelry. I love the posting you have made available from you book and thank you so much for having the heart to share some of your talent for free. Bless you.

Toleteacher said...
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Toleteacher said...

Thank you for sharing the free earring project from your book, if this is an indication of the projects in it will be a big seller! I'd love to own a copy of your book..thanks for the giveaway & a chance to win it!

Estellita said...

What perfect timing, I have an abundance of small cones and only used them to make angels or as interesting bead caps.I also have a lot of crystals left from other projects. Thinking of expanding the project into a necklace.