I am absolutely in love with Shourouk’s Jewelry Collection, it is to die for. I adore the use of large Swarovski crystal pieces, coupled with chains and ropes to create the best balance of playful, vintage, yet contemporary looks. My favourite masterpieces include this, this, and this. So I decided to try my own pair of rope crystal earrings. Let me know what you think.
- 1/4 inch Rope (I bought mine from Fabric Land, it was $3.00 for a meter)
- Small Plyers
- Jump Rings
- Jewelry Metal Caps
- Thin Wire (you can substitute with fish wire)
- Scissors or something to cut your wire with
- Chain (I bought mine from a jewelry supplies store, but you can use chain from old necklaces you already have!)
- Crystal Finding (mine was a vintage bracelet I bought from the flea market and I cute it into even parts)
- Earring hooks
- Hot glue gun (sorry I didn’t include in pictures below!)
- Large rhinestones (optional)
- Jewel-it glue (optional)
Start by taping down the ends of your rope tightly. These ropes tend to unravel if you don’t tape it down really tight. Once you’ve taped it down, cut the end off, leaving just about 1/2 an inch of taped end left. Repeat this step until you have 2 equal lengths of rope with both ends taped down. I made my two equal lengths 4 inches in length.
Heat up your glue gun and squirt some hot glue into the metal cap, about half way filled. I used a pair of pliers to hold onto the cap as the glue gets pretty hot. Then insert one end of the rope (with the tape on) into the cap, press down hard to ensure the end of the rope is pressed into the end of the cap. The glue to affix to the end of rope as well as the sides.
Repeat the above step for all ends of the 2 ropes and set aside. You may want to decrease or increase the length of your rope depending on your preference.
Now take your chain and crystal finding and secure them with a metal wire. I used pliers to help me loop and pull the wire through. Adjust as you continue to process to make sure you haven’t tied them too tightly together. I will also suggest using fish wire if you don’t want the exposed wire look.
Now connect one end of the rope with one end of the chain by using a jump ring. Secure jump ring by using pliers to close the opening.
Repeat by folding the other rope end to the other end of the chain.
Now attach an earring hook by using two jump rings illustrated by the picture below.
I decided to affix a large rhinestone in the center with Jewel-it glue and there you have it! A pair of stunning, stylish rope earrings!