I had some mussel shell drops leftover from other earrings projects, so I decided to make t-drop earrings.
This is similar to the triangle drop earrings project except that you attach one link of mussel shell drops to one eye pin.
The t-drop earrings are very versatile. You could wear them with a casual outfit or with business attire. They also make great gifts, so you could make a few pairs for the people on your gift list.
The t-drop earrings take about a couple of hours to make. To save time, make the beaded eye pins first. This will take care of the most difficult part of the project.
10 10mm light blue mussel shell drops
24 11/0 Toho seed beads in silver
14 5.5mm silver-plated jump rings
4 4mm silver-plated jump rings
1 pair 1.5” silver-plated eye pins
1 pair silver-plated fishhook earring wires
1 pair rubber earring backs
1 pair round nose pliers
1 pair flat nose pliers
1 pair bent nose pliers
Make the beaded eye pin
First, string one of the eye pins with 12 seed beads. Next, bend the tip of the eye pin at a 45° angle with the round nose pliers. Make a loop in the opposite direction of the bent angle. Round off the loop with the pliers. Close the loop by tucking the end as close to the base of the loop as possible. Place the beaded eye pin aside.
Make the mussel shell link
Open a 5.5mm jump ring with the flat nose and bent nose pliers then attach it to the first mussel shell drop. Next, attach another 5.5mm jump ring on the other side of the first jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Open a 5.5mm jump ring. Next, attach the second mussel shell drop on one side of the jump ring and the mussel shell drop link on the other side of the jump ring. Close the jump ring. Attach another 5.5mm jump ring to the mussel shell drop link, then close the jump ring.
Open a 5.5mm jump ring then attach the third mussel drop on one side of the jump ring and the mussel shell drop link on the other side of the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Attach the mussel shell link to the beaded eye pin
Open a 5.5mm jump ring then attach the mussel shell link on one side of the jump ring and the beaded eye pin on the other side of the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Attach the remaining mussel shell drops
Open two 5.5mm jump rings. Next, attach one of the jump rings to a mussel shell drop. Then, attach the mussel shell drop through the eye pin on the left side of the mussel shell link. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the right side with another mussel shell drop.
Connect the earring wire to the earring
Attach a 4mm jump ring to the top of the earring through the eye pin. Close the jump ring. Next, attach one end of the 4mm jump ring to the earring and the other end to the earring wire. Close the jump ring.
Now that you have completed one earring, make the other one per the instructions above.
Here are the t-drop earrings:
Wear your new earrings with rubber earring backs to prevent them from slipping off. Enjoy!
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