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Edinburgh Scotland

My passion for jewellery designing and making started 12 years ago with a silversmithing course and I have since embraced other techniques such as stringing, bead weaving, chain maille, resin but my ...

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Chinese Lantern Earrings

from Martine Callaghan
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Chinese Lantern Earrings
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Make long wire coils
  • Make loops

Pattern Description:

This tutorial will show you how to make these unusual earrings composed of a beaded bead and graded lengths of chains.

Although they look quite complicated, provided you are proficient at making coils and turning loops, they are quite easy to assemble.

The finished beaded beads have an opening loop on both sides and can be used as a basis for many other pieces of jewellery, some examples are shown at the end of the tutorial.

The beads chosen for this tutorial are only a suggestion and can be substituted for other shapes or colours.

10 pages
20 steps
26 pictures

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished size3.5cm/1 1/2" not including chain lengths


  • 16cm 1mm /6 1/2" 18 gauge wire (plus 12cm/5" for use as a mandrel)
  • 2.20m 0.5mm/7 1/2ft 24 ga wire
  • 30cm 0.3mm/12" 28 ga wire
  • 16 2mm spacer beads
  • 16 3mm rondelle beads
  • 8 4mm rondelle beads
  • 30cm/12" medium or small curb chain
  • 4 10mm bead caps
  • 2 ear wires
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Cutters
  • Hammer and block