These Pandora Dangle Earrings were created with handmade Pandora-style (beaded) beads that would snugly fit the Pandora earring dangle. I have 3 finished sets to show you as per the image below.
Let’s first look at the finished sets and then we will go into the how-to and the construction notes after.
Pandora Dangle Earrings – Warm Wood
The materials used here are as per image below:
Pandora Dangle Earrings – Swarovski Blues
Details of Materials used here as per below:
Pandora Dangle Earrings – Ice Maiden
Some Construction Notes in the making of Pandora-style Dangle Earrings
I have included my very rough sketch. It was for the “Swarovski Blues” set. Despite it being so rough a sketch, I think you will still get the gist of the construct idea for all these Pandora dangle earrings.
I used a Pandora-style ear wire/chain to create these earrings. These are excellent quality. A++ grade Rhodium plating (hence anti-tarnish) and anti-nickle, anti-lead.
To create the ball-bead for the dangle, the main bead weave used was RAW (right angle weave). I worked this RAW with 2 needles.
Here I did 5x3R (5 sets of RAW squares by 3 rows). But you would do as many as would nicely fit over the Pandora chain. Join the RAW to form a tube. It should now look like a roundish ball-bead with a hole in the center.
Neaten and reinforce one edge of the hole. You can use smaller seed beads to interspace the wooden beads (on the edge) as you sew in the round. The aim is to tighten the hole at the bottom. For an even more secure finish, I applied a tiny dollop of glue into the hole before securing onto the Pandora-earring finding.
(Optional) You can see here that I have screwed a Pandora-style metal bead up to the center of the ear-chain. Affix with some glue (if you like). I used Helmar 450 glue.
Now if you have correctly tightened up one end of the hole (of the beaded ball), it should not go all the way up when you push the beaded ball onto the ear-chain. It should just stay right at the end of the ear-chain.
Smear a small amount of glue on the “knob” end of the ear-chain, before tightening the top hope of the ball bead. The glue will provide extra security that the ball-bead will not fall off. Then tighten the top edge of the ball-bead’s hole for good measure.
NOTE: you can view the matching RAW Pandora Necklace for a closer look at it.
A Little Personal Story
I have a pair of these Pandora Dangle Earrings. I wore it out the other night – dinner with DH. He is not much of a jewellery appreciator.
When he first saw my Pandora Dangle earrings, he was not overly impressed. The night was to prove him wrong.
Over dinner, he found himself mesmerised! By my earrings. He told me that in real life, they were “captivating”. He said that if this was our first meeting, he would definitely notice my earrings “big time”!
Unbeknownst to me, the magic is in the construct of the whole piece. When it is worn and your head moves (as it does in the normal human sort of way), the earrings bounce and move around quite a bit. The more animated you get, the more animated they get! And it becomes quite “mesmerising”!!!!
I am now very proud of my DH!!! Hahahahaha.